In this issue:

BRE helps Hatch launch farmers, artisans market

Hatch, New Mexico – While driving across southern New Mexico, you could easily believe you were traversing the moon. Despite Interstate 25 that bisects the state from north to south, the desert landscape appears mostly untouched and unpeopled. Read more

RCAC receives $13.67 million to support self-help housing activities

West Sacramento, Calif. — Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) has received $13.67 million over five years in U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA RD) funding through the USDA RD Mutual Self-Help Housing Program to support single-family home construction and to help prepare rural residents for homeownership. Read more

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 positions currently open. Details on job opportunities

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. Check out the details on our new Idaho SRF – Household Septic System Program, which provides low-interest rate loans and/or grants to refurbish or replace individual septic systems.

Conference and Workshop Calendar

Water system policies: must haves for small systems

Having written, up-to-date policies that are followed is one of the best ways to avoid utility management disasters and ensure your water system remains in compliance and financially viable. In this workshop, you will learn how to list common policies for small water systems; recognize the benefits of written, up-to-date policies; identify which policies you need to update or create for your system; and create a draft policy using a template. We will also discuss the impact policies have on customers, operations and management.

May 8 – 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Hilton Garden Inn Monterey
1000 Aguajito Rd
Monterey, California 93940
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Chief Executive Officer: Stanley Keasling
Executive Editor: Dawn Van Dyke
Managing Editor: Sharon Wills

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West Sacramento, CA 95691

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