Roberto Gallardo Named to the OCRA Rural Affairs Working Group

June 10, 2021


Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Denny Spinner, executive director of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, recently appointed Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) Director and Purdue Extension specialist, Roberto Gallardo to serve on the newly formed Rural Affairs Working Group.

The OCRA Rural Affairs Working Group is made up of 12 members and includes the representation of elected officials, economic development professionals and those in the field of higher education. They are tasked with providing well-rounded expert insight to help the State and the agency serve Indiana’s small communities. OCRA’s mission is to work with local, state, and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance aid to those communities in shaping and achieving their own vision for community and economic development.

The state appreciates the willingness of those selected to be part of the process that will enable the Office of Community and Rural Affairs to launch new programs in the coming years.

Denny Spinner

PCRD and Purdue Extension have a long history of partnering with OCRA and I look forward to continuing that partnership to further develop Indiana’s rural communities

Roberto Gallardo

We are fortunate to have so many strong, dedicated leaders from around the state in this new working group,” Spinner said. “I look forward to working with each of them to find new ways to help our rural communities thrive.

Denny Spinner

The Rural Affairs Working Group’s first meeting recently took place on May 24, 2021.