USDA and Other Federal Programs Funding (Grants, Loans, and Loan Guarantees) and Resources
Bill has a degree in Agriculture Engineering from Virginia Tech. He retired from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development after 37.5 years. During his tenure at the US Department of Agriculture, Bill progressed from Assistant County Supervisor administrating loans, loan guarantees, and grant programs to serving as Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development. Bill spent his final three years at USDA as the Special Assistant for Renewable Energy to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack during the Obama Administration advising on policy matters relating to alternative/renewable energy development. Bill has an in-depth knowledge of federal programs and provides consulting services to clients to access these programs for the various stages of project development including research and development; demonstration/ pre-commercial; and interim and permanent financing of commercial-scale renewable energy and other business projects. These services include application packaging and coordination of the preparation of feasibility /marketing studies, environmental reviews, technical engineering reports, and business plans. While at USDA, Bill administered a nationwide combined business loan and grant portfolio of over $6.5 billion and has extensive experience in working with local communities, rural businesses, cooperatives, non-profit organizations, institutions of higher learning, towns and cities, municipalities, Native American Tribes, and agriculture producers to support sustainable renewable energy development, energy efficiency, and economic development opportunities. Bill has been recognized as one of the Top 100 People in Bioenergy by the Biofuels Digest. Contact Bill.