CONCORD, N.H. — A former pharmaceutical executive has been appointed to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural development office in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Anthony Linardos assumed the role Monday after being appointed by the Trump administration.

Linardos says his top priorities are “increasing innovation, strengthening rural infrastructure and building local partnerships to increase prosperity in our rural communities.”

The agency provides loans and grants to promote economic development in rural areas.

Linardos most recently worked for Omnicare, a company providing pharmacy services to nursing homes.

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