Building Rural Economies designated communities 2017

RCAC will provide training and capacity building in the following communities through its Building Rural Economies program.

Epicenter, Green River, UT

Capacity building Technical Assistance (TA) to identify federal, state, and private funding for its Small Business Development Center as well as TA on feasibility studies and business plans for micro-entrepreneurs within the Green River community. RCAC will also help Epicenter to become a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

Collaborative Visions (CV), Mora, NM

Capacity building TA for feasibility studies, business plans, and market plans for groups of micro-entrepreneurs to consider forming cooperatives in northern New Mexico; and to develop negotiating strategies for inputs used by micro-entrepreneurs in the region to create value-added wood products.

Snowy Mountain Development Corporation (SMDC), Lewistown, MT

SMDC serves communities in six Montana counties. SMDC will participate in the BRE program as the sponsoring organization for the city of Lewistown, the county seat of Fergus County. The organization’s focus is community and economic development including feasibility studies, planning grants, infrastructure projects, job creation, workforce training, and business technical assistance. RCAC will help SMDC to become a CDFI.

Rio Arriba County, NM

Rio Arriba County covers an area of roughly 5,895 square miles and shares its northern border with Colorado. In 2013, the County Commission established a Department of Community and Economic Development in order to reach out to entrepreneurial, business, farming and ranching communities throughout the county, listen to them and understand their needs in order to direct them to timely and relevant resources based on their objectives and priorities. RCAC will help Rio Arriba County to meet this strategic objective.

Spokane Tribal Enterprises (STE), Wellpinit, WA

STE based in Wellpinit, WA, operates a variety of businesses owned and operated by the Spokane Tribe of Indians. STE would also like to work with individual entrepreneurs to facilitate tribally-owned business development and expansion. The Spokane Tribe was selected as a Promise Zone in 2016 in order to address locally-defined revitalization goals, including job creation through investments in renewable energy, housing construction and technology centers. RCAC will help STEto build its capacity to meet these goals.

Pueblo Unido Community Development Corporation (PUCDC), Thermal, CA

PUCDC actively engages and fosters collaborative efforts among Eastern Coachella Valley residents and other stakeholders to find viable solutions, leverage critical resources, and bring new opportunities to improve their quality of life. PUCDC serves the low-income communities of Mecca, North Shore, Oasis and Thermal. RCAC will provide capacity building TA that will allow PUCDC to work with low-income Hispanic entrepreneurs in the region to develop various micro-enterprises.

Village of Hatch, Hatch, NM

The Village of Hatch is located in northern Dona Ana County in New Mexico, 37 miles northwest of Las Cruces. The population within the village limits is 1,648. Hatch is best known as the Chile Capital of the World and holds its annual Chile Festival on Labor Day weekend at the Village of Hatch Airport, a few miles southwest on Highway 26. RCAC will help the village build its capacity to provide TA to local entrepreneurs developing chili-based or tourism-based businesses within the community.

Pueblo de Cochiti Housing Authority (PdCHA), Cochiti Pueblo, NM

Cochiti is the northernmost Keresan pueblo in New Mexico with more than 53,000 acres of reservation land. PdCHA is a unit of the Tribal government. The Cochiti are well-known for their craftsmanship in making jewelry, pottery and drums. The Pueblo de Cochiti, located 55 miles north of Albuquerque, is in the final stages of completing its Plaza Revitalization Planning Project. The project is funded through a HUD Office of Economic Resiliency – Community Challenge Grant. It will create housing near the plaza, the traditional community hub, and a site for local artisans and other potential businesses. PdCHA is a graduate of RCAC’s Tribal Housing Excellence Academy (THE Academy), which helps participants bring a housing development project from concept to construction.

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