Rachael Carter, Project Manager with the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development. Mrs. Carter received her bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness Management with a Minor in Economics and an Option in International Production Agriculture from Mississippi State University and her MABM where she specialized in regional economics from Mississippi State University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Public Policy at Mississippi State University.
She has ten years experience working in community and economic development in Mississippi communities where she strives to focus on helping communities recognize their uniqueness and achieve their full potential. She specializes in community engagement, strategic planning, tourism development and policy, economic analysis, and entrepreneurship.
Mrs. Carter’s work has been recognized both regionally and nationally through various awards and publications. In 2012 she received the Excellence in Extension and Outreach Award from the Southern Rural Sociological Association. She has written numerous published articles on issues relating to small business development, tourism, and community development. She believes strongly in the practice of using sound economic information and community engagement to achieve positive outcomes.
Rachael is married to Chad Carter, and they have one daughter, Lila Carter. They own and operate a horse farm in Starkville, Mississippi. Rachael has spent many years training barrel horses and teaching clinics for young riders and she currently competes in professional rodeos and barrel races across the southeast.