The Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA), the appointed board that awards Rural, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Utility Account grant funds consists of 16 members who are appointed as follows:
- The Secretary of Commerce serves as a nonvoting ex officio member except in case of a tie;
- Five members appointed by the General Assembly upon recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and they shall each represent a Tier 1 or Tier 2 county;
- Five members appointed by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and they shall each represent a tier 1 or Tier 2 county; and
- Five members appointed by the Governor, and they shall each represent a Tier 1 or tier 2 county.
Specific powers and duties of the Rural Infrastructure Authority are identified in General Statute 143B-472.128
View the roster of RIA board members here.