In this issue:

RCAC and Pueblo Unido celebrate more than 10 years of impact

It began as a one-time collaboration between Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) and Pueblo Unido Community Development Corporation (Pueblo Unido) to provide safe drinking water in the Eastern Coachella Valley. Read more

Featured case study: Pueblo de Cochiti, New Mexico

During 2019, RCAC provided the Native American Business Development: A Journey (NABDAJ) training to 21 Tribal entrepreneurs from Isleta Pueblo, Pueblo of Cochiti and Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico. A William K. Kellogg Foundation grant funded NABDAJ. The four-month training, consisted of group classes and one-on-one technical assistance, which concluded with 18 graduates. Read more

Rural Resilience – 2020 Annual Report

RCAC is pleased to announce the release of our 2020 Annual Report. This report highlights our 2020 accomplishments and the ways we helped our communities  during the pandemic. View our 2020 annual report

Looking for a new and exciting career path?

Join our passionate team and 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. Apply here!

Paycheck Protection Program

RCAC is accepting and processing loan applications. RCAC’s lending is limited to small businesses in a rural area or community of 50,000 or less population or businesses that serve rural populations. The application period closes May 31, 2021. Program information and application

Training Highlights

Water Operators and the Capital Improvement Plan, Parts 1 & 2

Part 1: May 11 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Part 2: May 11 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Location: ONLINE

Water system operators are the heart of every public water system. They usually know what needs to be replaced and when, but there is occasionally a disconnect between operations and management. This could lead to public water systems experiencing system failures, resulting in water outages or non-compliance issues. One way to avoid these issues is to plan for the future. This workshop provides tools for the water system operators and management to communicate openly and develop a Capital Improvement Plan, which will allow them to replace water system components prior to failure.

It is recommended to take both parts on the same day. Please follow the links below for more details and to register for each part separately.

Part 1 registration

Part 2 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: Suzanne Anarde
Executive Editor: Dawn Van Dyke
Managing Editor: Sharon Wills

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

RCAC is the western RCAP partner.