Cundiff Appointed to Governor’s Rural Infrastructure Authority

RockCoPartnershipBanner(Eden, NC) – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Eden business owner and Chairwoman of the Rockingham Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development Board, Pam Cundiff, as one of 15 state-wide members to the newly established North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority. Cundiff was selected at the recommendation of NC Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham, Guilford) and will serve in this new position until June of 2016.

The Authority will be chaired by Dr. Patricia Mitchell, assistant secretary for the newly created Rural Economic Development Division of the NC Department of Commerce. The authority reviews and authorizes grants and loans for rural areas within the state. Members formulate policies for making these loans and grants and create ways for the Rural Economic Development Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce to effectively aid local governments in meeting preliminary project planning costs, as well providing insight into the application and review process. The group, which had its first meeting December 6th in Raleigh, also reviews the efficacy of these loans and grant programs and submits its ideas for improvement by September 1 of each year.

“As a small business owner who has been actively involved in our community for years, Pam Cundiff has a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities within rural communities,” said Berger. “She will be a great representative on the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority.”

Cundiff says she was honored to be asked to serve on this important committee. “It is a privilege to serve in this capacity for the citizens of North Carolina and fellow Rockingham County residents,” she stated. “I will make every effort to represent our community, all of the state’s rural areas, and fulfill the expectations of this appointment. I am appreciative of the confidence expressed by President Pro Tempore Berger and Gov. McCrory in my abilities to contribute to North Carolina’s economic development efforts.”

Cundiff has extensive economic development experience. She was first appointed to the Rockingham County Economic Development Commission in 1989, the first female and youngest member. After serving the maximum nine years allowed, she returned to the Board in 2001. She was Co -Chair of the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic Development, a public private partnership, in 2003. She Chaired the Board in 2005, 2008-2009 and currently holds that position. Cundiff also served three years on the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority.

Cundiff served on Piedmont Triad Partnership board from 1993-98 and on its Executive Council from 1994-1997.

In 1993, Cundiff earned the prestigious Eden Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen Award. She was Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors from 1984-1986 and was voted Member of the Year in1989.

Cundiff served on the Eden City Council from 1993-1997 and Chaired the Board of Trustees of Morehead Memorial Hospital from 2000-2001.

In addition to all of her community involvement, Cundiff has owned and operated a successful small business in Eden for more than 30 years, Travel Consultants, Inc.

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