Happy holidays from everyone at RCAC!

Arvin Interim Solutions POU program distributes more than 100,000 gallons of arsenic free drinking water

RCAC is pleased to announce that Arvin Interim Solutions POU program, a collaboration between Arvin Public Schools, Community Water Center and RCAC to deliver safe drinking water to Arvin school children, reached a significant milestone of providing more than 100,000 gallons of arsenic free drinking water between June 2015 and November 2016. Read more >>

A Photographic Chronicle of America’s Working Poor

Smithsonian journeyed from Maine to California to update a landmark study of American life – Just north of Sacramento is a tiny settlement that residents call La Tijera, The Scissors, because two roads come together there at a sharp angle. On the dusty triangle of ground between the blades sit more than a dozen dwellings: trailers, flimsy clapboard cabins, micro duplexes. Read more >>

Debunking affordable housing myths

It is no secret that there is an overwhelming need for affordable housing throughout the United States. However, rather than addressing public concerns many affordable housing projects are simply tabled. Read more >>


RURAL DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST – ENVIRONMENTAL (Applicants located in Redding or Yreka are preferred.) “Technical, managerial and financial assistance, build capacity. Are you a problem solver? Is teamwork second nature to you? Do you have water or wastewater expertise? Join us as a rural development specialist – environmental. You’ll help small systems deliver quality services. Here’s more information and the application >>

RURAL DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST – TRIBAL – Technical, managerial and financial assistance, build capacity. If you have experience working with public water or wastewater utilities, and want to work with Tribal communities, our Tribal circuit rider program could be a great fit! You’ll build relationships and work one-on-one with Tribal utility operators and staff. Here’s more information and the application instructions >>

Conference and Workshop Calendar

Expanding Services to Rural and/or Underserved Communities

Gain the tools to help you expand your counseling agency’s program offerings to underserved and/or rural communities. Learn to identify the resources available to help you develop your programs and services in a way that better serve the new community. Practice techniques to identify the needs of underserved and rural communities and as a result increase services by marketing the programs to fit the community’s unique culture. There is a $50 fee for this workshop. Please register early, as space is limited. Scholarships are available. Registration >>

Shalom Center for TREE of Life
2975 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 415
Los Angeles, California 90010
January 25, 2017 – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Basic Board Duties and Responsibilities

The New Mexico Environment Department Drinking Water Bureau and RCAC are offering free training for water system board members. Topics include: responsibilities of water system board, understanding the laws and regulations applicable to your water system, how to run a board meeting, how to conduct an election, Safe Drinking Water Act – an overview for board members and introduction to water rights for water systems. Registration >>

Farmington Civic Center
200 W. Arrington
Farmington, New Mexico 87401
January 12, 2017 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

NMED Office
121 Tijeras Ave NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
February 23, 2017 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Check out our training calendar for details on these and other RCAC trainings.

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

For further information on RCAC’s services or additional office locations, visit www.rcac.org or call (916) 447-2854.

RCAC is the western RCAP partner.