Building Rural Economies

RCAC’s Building Rural Economies (BRE) initiative provides training in comprehensive community economic development to support and develop local assets and talents. We build the capacity for local sponsoring organizations to network, plan and implement economic development initiatives in rural communities.


  • Increases local entrepreneurship and jobs
  • Develops catalytic projects that seed additional investments
  • Develops a supportive, entrepreneurial environment for economic development to thrive

Phase one

RCAC works with a local sponsoring organization to identify economic opportunities in the community and the leaders/entrepreneurs with the passion to take advantage of those opportunities. RCAC helps this local team analyze current economic conditions that need improving and prioritize action on the most realistic opportunities.

Phase two

RCAC has developed an innovative curriculum—Start, Grow, Revive Your Business. The curriculum emphasizes skills necessary to launch or expand local businesses and focuses on sustainable business principles and regional networking.

Phase three

After the curriculum is completed, entrepreneurs will have developed the skills necessary to understand how to make their businesses sustainable. Regional networking links are critical avenues to be nurtured. RCAC’s Building Rural Economies team offers no-cost, one-on-one small business coaching to entrepreneurs and small business owners in rural communities throughout our service area. For more information on assistance launching or growing your business, click HERE.

BRE webinar

Ensuring Operation Sustainability (recorded on May 20, 2020)

(Read more about Lewistown, MT in “Sew Pieceful in Lewistown, Montana” here.)

For more information, please contact RCAC’s main office at (916) 447-2854 and request Carol Cohen, assistant director – economic development, or complete our Request for Assistance.

BRE project map



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