Leahy Aide Ted Brady Named New State Director For USDA’s Rural Development Efforts In Vermont and New Hampshire

(FRIDAY, Sept. 6, 2013) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Friday afternoon officially announced that a key economic development aide to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has been named to be USDA’s new State Director for Vermont and New Hampshire for Rural Development.

Ted Brady, Leahy’s Vermont Field Representative on Community and Economic Development, Transportation, and Telecommunications, joined Leahy’s staff in 2000 and is a graduate of St. Michael’s College.

Leahy, who had recommended Brady for the post, said:  “It’s difficult to imagine anyone more qualified then Ted for the particular challenges and opportunities of partnering with rural communities to strengthen local economies.  He has the skills, the experience and the energy to do it all.  His superb work was part of our success in helping in Vermont’s post-Irene recovery.  I will miss his counsel, but I am delighted that he will be heading another team that is vital to Vermont’s rural economies.”

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[from USDA’s internal announcement this afternoon:]

Edward “Ted” Brady – State Director for Vermont and New Hampshire, Rural Development

Ted Brady most recently served as U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy’s senior economic development, community development, housing and transportation field representative. Brady advised Senator Leahy on legislative priorities, appropriations priorities and meets with Vermonters on a daily basis to stay on top of Vermont-specific community and economic development concerns. In his position, Brady has led the production of numerous high-profile events, collaborated to invest millions of federal dollars into Vermont’s economy and transportation infrastructure, and cultivated relationships with Vermont businesses, municipalities and non-profit organizations.

In his role, Brady has worked with Senator Leahy and community leaders to reauthorize the USDA’s Rural Development Rural Economic Area Partnership Zone program that has brought Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom tens of millions in federal aid.

Before returning to Vermont in 2005, Brady worked on Capitol Hill in Leahy’s D.C. office as Deputy Press Secretary, Assistant to the Chief of Staff and Agriculture and Natural Resources Legislative Correspondent.

Brady has a degree in Journalism and Political Science from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. While earning his degree, he worked with the U.S. INS Congressional and Public Affairs office in South Burlington. As captain of St. Michael’s Fire and Rescue, he held an EMT – Intermediate certification and managed Vermont’s busiest volunteer ambulance service and 20-plus personnel. While in DC, he continued his volunteer service as an EMT with Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad. Today, Brady lives with his wife and two sons in Williston. As a resident of Northern New England, he spends as much time as he can skiing, fishing, and hunting.

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