Dave Conine began his appointment as USDA Rural Development Director for Utah in September 2009. Prior to joining Rural Development Dave worked as a Rural Development Specialist for Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC). His work with RCAC focused primarily on community development and affordable housing in rural Utah and Montana. Dave also worked as the Economic Development Director for the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, served as Community Development Director for North Bend, Washington and spent nearly a decade operating a land use-planning consultancy. During the administration of Utah’s Governor Matheson Dave worked in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget where he specialized in housing, land use, and agricultural policy. Near the end of Governor Matheson’s second term, he served as the Director of Planning and Management for the Utah Department of Agriculture where he planned and helped implement the establishment of conservation programs and a revolving loan fund for value-added agriculture and rural community development.
Dave studied architecture at Cooper Union in New York City, then moved to Salt Lake City where he completed majors in fine arts and geology. His graduate work at the University of Utah was in urban and regional planning.
At the end of the Obama Administration Dave retired from USDA. He currently serves on several nonprofit housing and arts organization boards.
Dave is an active pilot with over 3,000 hours flying time. He and his wife, Suzanne live in Draper, Utah and are also part-time residents of Boulder, Utah.