Local Resident Appointed to Rural Development's Board of Directors

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A Magoffin County resident and business executive has been appointed to serve on The Center for Rural Development’s Board of Directors.
Grayson Smith of Salyersville will serve a three-year term on The Center’s board. He is director of Treasury Management for Infinity Business Group, a risk management and fraud prevention company based in Lexington. Smith replaced former member Doris Barnett on the board.

“We are extremely pleased that Grayson has chosen to serve The Center through his appointment to our Board of Directors,” Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center, said. “We will all benefit from his expertise and perspective as we work together to improve the lives of citizens across our region.”
Smith was a math teacher at Herald Whitaker Middle School in Salyersville for nearly two years before he accepted the position as regional representative for former Gov. Ernie Fletcher. He represented Eastern Kentucky for the Fletcher administration from February 2004 until October of 2005.
“I am excited to serve on the board for The Center for Rural Development,” Smith said. “I, like Congressman (Harold “Hal”) Rogers, share in the vision that The Center can improve the quality of life for those in Southern and Eastern Kentucky by promoting innovative economic development solutions.”
Smith graduated from the University of Kentucky (UK) in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in middle school education. He earned his master’s degree in administration from Union College.
Smith also played football for the Wildcats from 1996-2000, serving as team captain his senior year.
In addition to his collegiate football career, Smith had an accomplished career as an amateur boxer. In 2000, he finished third in the National Collegiate Boxing Association’s national tournament. That same year he was named an All-American.
Smith also serves on the board of directors for the East Kentucky Exposition Center.
He is married to the former Amanda DeLong of Inez. They have a 5-year-old daughter, Presley.
The Center’s Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from each of the counties in its 42-county primary service area.
 The Center for Rural Development—the Center of Excellence for rural Kentucky and the nation—provides economic and community development programs to residents in a 42-county primary service area of Southern and Eastern Kentucky, and is home to several statewide and national technology-based programs. For more information on programs available through The Center, visit www.centertech.com.