In this issue:

Building a sense of community in Kunia Village

Kunia, Hawaii – Gov. David Ige can recall spending youthful summers working at the cannery near the once sprawling Del Monte pineapple plantation in Kunia on the island of Oahu. The school bus he rode every day passed Kunia, and when he and his classmates saw a flashing yellow light there, they knew they were close to home. Read more

RCAC – 2017 in review

Decent housing, safe drinking water, financing, jobs, community facilities, leadership and families are the many facets to RCAC’s work. Here are some highlights from 2017

Resources available for rural communities facing design challenges

Washington, DC- The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD), a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, has issued a request for proposals inviting communities to apply for design assistance. The CIRD program provides rural communities with populations of 50,000 or less the opportunity to address challenges related to economic vitality and quality of life by employing design solutions. Get details here

RCAC is growing!

Join our passionate team, committed to make a difference in rural communities throughout the West! We work in diverse and low-income communities to increase access to affordable housing and safe drinking water, promote economic opportunity and job creation, and provide financing for community and economic development projects. We have several openings in California – lending, finance and environmental. It’s easy to apply online! Get details here

RCAC seeks Yoneo Ono Award nominees

RCAC seeks nominations for the Yoneo Ono Rural Volunteer Award. The award honors rural people who have made significant lifelong contributions to their community in volunteer capacities. RCAC hopes to encourage further rural volunteer activities by acknowledging the accomplishments of a select few. Read more

Need financing?

RCAC offers a wide variety of loan products to assist nonprofit organizations, Tribal and public bodies and business owners with programs for affordable housing, infrastructure, community facilities and small businesses. Our Loan Fund team is easy to work with and provides quick turnaround on applications. Please see the Loan Fund Programs chart for a capsulized description of our various loan programs and give us a call for a discussion about your specific needs.

Conference and Workshop Calendar

Well owner workshops: Private well system maintenance

The well owner workshop will educate well owners on proper operation and maintenance of drinking water wells and septic systems, common well and septic system troubleshooting, preventive maintenance and solutions.

Well owners are invited to bring a three ounce sample of well water for a free water quality test for nitrate, which is commonly associated with wastewater contamination.

There are three workshops coming up:

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 12:00 pm– 2:00 pm
Alpine Brance Library, Resource Room, 1752 Alpine Blvd.
Alpine, CA 91901 – Registration>>

Friday, January 26, 2018 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pine Valley Branch Library, Community Center, 28804 Old Hwy 80
Pine Valley, CA 91962 – Registration>>

Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Julian Branch Library, 1850 CA-78
Julian, CA 92036 – Registration>>

Network News, published monthly, is a compilation of timely news, announcements and accomplishments produced for the rural development world at no cost to subscribers. We encourage correspondence and welcome contributions. Subscribe here

Chief Executive Officer: Stanley Keasling
Managing Editor: Sharon Wills

3120 Freeboard Drive, Suite 201
West Sacramento, CA 95691

Network News is funded by: RCAC’s Loan Fund and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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