USDA & Rural Revitalization –Bryan J. Zulko

What the U.S. Department of Agriculture is doing about rural Georgia: Bryan Zulko will talk about that at South Georgia Growing Local 2014:

I will go over a few initiatives I am currently working on, specifically the StrikeForce Initiative (persistent poverty 60 counties), SET (Stronger Economies Together), and the significance of RHIT (Rural Health Information Technology). In the 2nd part I will be discussing some of our funding programs, focusing on Rural infrastructure, local foods, downtown development, and essential community facilities.

His conference bio:

A native Texan, BJZ was raised in a small rural town in Deep East Texas. Always remembering his rural roots, Bryan continues to tirelessly advocate for rural communities all across the state of Georgia. Currently a Management Analyst for the United States Department of Agriculture, Bryan serves as Rural Development’s lead for Secretary Vilsack’s StrikeForce Initative, an USDA initiative which focuses on the eradication of persistent poverty and the creation of robust, thriving rural communities. With this position, Bryan has been afforded the honor of not just traveling through, but getting his hands dirty with community leaders in over 70 counties.

Following graduation from Texas State University with a degree in International Relations, Bryan began his career in the world of politics. Beginning in the Foreign Policy office of the late great Senator Ted Kennedy, Bryan later worked as a Regional Field Director for the DNC, Field Representative for Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, and as Director of Field Operations in Congressman Bishop’s miraculous win during the Republican Typhoon of 2010. Throughout the years, Bryan has held various leadership positions and active memberships in organizations such as The Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Kiwanis Club, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club, NAACP and the NRA. In addition, Bryan was a 2010 graduate of the Congressional Black Caucus Political Institute.

Ultimately a self-proclaimed Idealist without illusions, BJZ hopes to one day be considered the Leonardo da Vinci of Rural Renaissance.

Come to SOGALO2014 and hear Bryan Zulko talk about USDA rural programs!


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