Garrett County government hired Cheryl DeBerry to be the Agriculture Marketing Specialist for the Department of Economic Development in September 2002. In 2009 her title changed to Natural Resources Business Specialist. Her B.S. in Business Marketing and M.S. in Agricultural Education as well as her extensive experience growing up on a beef cattle, sheep, hay, and timber farm in West Virginia have served her well.
She is charged with helping expand local markets for agricultural and natural resources products, helping entrepreneurs with marketing planning, writing grants for various projects, keeping local and state officials updated on agricultural & natural resources issues, working with local rural development organizations, and working to keep agriculture and natural resources as viable business options for young people.
Her duties also include working with the arts and energy sectors within Economic Development. She most recently was assigned to work with the County’s rural broadband expansion project, working with private providers to extend their networks to provide service to businesses and residents.
Cheryl is a certified grant writer and has successfully written, received, and/or managed public and private foundation, state, and federal grants throughout her career, ranging from $200 to $1.5 million.