Patricia Mitchell has been named assistant secretary of commerce for rural economic development.
She will oversee the newly created Rural Economic Development Division, which includes three programs being transferred from the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center. These programs will be used to provide assistance for building reuse and restoration, water and seer infrastructure and economic innovation in rural communities.
Mitchell is an adjunct faculty member at Appalachian State University, Nova Southeastern University and N.C. State University. Mitchell served on the N.c. Rural Economic Development Center Board of Directors from 2007-2013.
"We're excited that Pat Mitchell will lead our efforts to promote economic growth in rural counties across North Carolina,'' said Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker. "Governor McCrory and I are committed to supporting our rural communities through targeted investments that create jobs and improve key infrastructure.''