Building Rural Economies 2018 communities

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


Compressed earth blockCochiti Pueblo, NM— Pueblo de Cochiti Housing Authority

  • Trainings completed:
    • Recharge Our Community Economy and Start, Grow, Revive Indian Entrepreneurship (in process)
  • New or expanded business:
    • 2 new arts and crafts businesses launched
  • Community projects identified:
    • For-profit construction division created under Housing Authority
    • New compressed earth block business line created
  • Funding secured since BRE:
    • $8,000 from PNM to support CC

ROC training classEastern Coachella Valley, CA— Pueblo Unido CDC

  • Trainings completed:
    • Youth leadership training
    • Recharge Our Community Economy and Start, Grow, Revive hybrid
  • Funding secured since BRE:
    • $144,902 foundation and private funding

OK Theatre restoration mock upEnterprise, OR — Greater Enterprise Main Street

  • New or expanded businesses:
    • 3 existing businesses expanded
    • 5 new jobs created by downtown business due to OK Theatre operations
  • Funding secured since BRE:
    • $117,000 state and private funding for renovation to OK Theatre

Training in Globe AZGlobe, AZ — City of Globe Economic Development Dept.

  • Launched Economic Development Dept.
  • Trainings completed:
    • Recharge Our Community Economy (in process)
  • New or expanded business:
    • 2 existing businesses retained
  • Funding secured since BRE:
    • $46,000 from foundation and private sources

Green River Wealth Works training participantsGreen River, UT — Epicenter

  • Epicenter Small Business Center expanded
  • Green River Improvement Team created
  • Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District created
  • New, expanded, or retained businesses:
    • 2 new businesses
    • 2 existing businesses expanded
    • 2 new jobs created
  • Funding secured since BRE:
    • $116,604 federal funds secured
    • $302,500 state, city and private foundation funds secured

Hatch Artisans and Farmers Mercado signageHatch, NM— Village of Hatch

  • New or expanded business:
    • Hatch Valley Artisans & Farmers Mercado (Phase 1) launched
    • 1 new arts and crafts business venture launched
    • 1 new produce business venture launched
    • Hatch Veterinary Services launched
    • St. Francis Bed & Breakfast expanded
    • 3 new business ventures created
    • 1 existing business expanded
  • Funding secured since BRE:
    • $1,500 from Village of Hatch for Mercado Phase 1

BRE training group in Havre, MTHavre, MT— Opportunity Link Incorporated

  • Serving: Blackfeet, Rocky Boy and Fort Belknap Tribes
  • New or expanded business:
    • 7 Indian Equity Grant applications submitted
    • 2 new business ventures created
    • 4 existing business ventures expanded
    • 1 existing business expanded

Lewistown, MT site planLewistown, MT— Snowy Mountain Development Corp.

  • New or expanded businesses:
    • SMDC designated a small and emerging CDFI
    • 4 new businesses created
    • 1 existing business expanded
    • 1 nonprofit expanded
    • 49 new jobs created
  • Funding secured since BRE:
    • $1.7 million federal funding
    • $1.7 million state, city, foundation and private funding
    • $200,380 in-kind work on Creekside Marketplace donated by city

Mora, NM— Collaborative Visions

  • Collaborative Visions is a recognized Cooperative Development Center
  • New or expanded businesses:
    • 50 new business ventures started
    • 20 existing business ventures expanded
    • 31.5 new jobs created
    • 18 existing jobs saved
  • Funding secured since BRE:
    • $270,009 federal funds
    • $62,500 foundation and donations
    • $273,403 in-kind

Rio Arriba County, NM— Dept. of Community & Economic Development

  • Sponsoring organization expanded creating 1 new economic development job
  • Nonprofit “Community Connector” formed to work with entrepreneurs
  • $300,000 loan secured by Taos Mountain Energy Bars
  • $100,000 raised to help develop brick and mortar lowrider museum
  • New or expanded business:
    • 1 new business venture created
    • 8 existing businesses retained
  • Funding secured since BRE:
    • $410,000 from foundation and private funding sources

Wellpinit, WA— Spokane Indian Housing Authority

  • New or expanded businesses:
    • 1 new business created
    • 9 new jobs created by new construction division
  • Funding secured since BRE:
    • More than $1 million in contracts