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Trina George (left) and her daughter, Shaunna, visit with Grenada Chamber of Commerce Community Development Director Gwen Woodson at a reception held for George Saturday.
 
By ALLEN BASWELL
Staff Writer

    Although she has a new title and position, Trina George said she wants to do what she has been doing for many years.
    “I want to continue serving the people, not only of Grenada and Grenada County, I want to serve the people of Mississippi,” she said.
    George was recently named as Mississippi State Director for Rural Development at the United States Department of Agriculture.
    She was named to the post June 30 by President Barack Obama.
    A reception was held  in George’s honor Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hargrove.
    “I want Trina to know how proud my husband and I are of her. She will do a good job for Mississippi“ Mrs. Hargrove said.
    George said among her responsibilities are maintaining and upgrading rural housing and water and utility systems.
    “We also work to improve economic stability of  rural communities and assist community infrastructure and facility programs,” she said.
    Before accepting this new position,  George spent 15 years working with Congressman Bennie Thompson’s office as a Special Projects Coordinator and Office Manager. In that time, she coordinated outreach services, participated in district development events and worked with federal agents to resolve constituent issues.
    Before that, she worked as an Office Manager at the Mississippi Health Awareness Project.
    George said that when she heard about the job, she went through the usual process of submitting an application and going through the interview process.
    “I was absolutely elated when I found out I got the job. I was humbled that the Obama Administration considered me, giving me a chance for this unique opportunity,” she said.
    George said her office will be in Jackson, and she is making plans to move there.
    George and her husband, Steve George Sr., are the parents of three children. She is a 1987 graduate of Grenada High School and attended  Holmes Community College, receiving an associate degree in micro-computer technology.
    She has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Mississippi Valley State University, and a master’s degree in instructional technology from Mississippi State University.
    She is currently working on her Ph.D in public policy and administration at Walden University.


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