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Community Rebuilds continues to break the mold for self-help housing

Moab, Utah –Emily Niehaus happily acknowledges she took a circuitous route to become a housing advocate. She tallies her master’s degree in applied sociology and following that, stints as a loan officer, bookkeeper and case worker. Read more >>

RCAC community facilities re-lending loan program

RCAC has $30 million available to make low interest rate/long term loans to nonprofit organizations, public bodies and federally recognized Tribes to provide essential community facilities. This is a Public/Private partnership between RCAC and U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development. Learn more here >>

Regional approach to studying woody biomass reflects spirit of Mora County

Mora County, New Mexico is known for its independence and indomitable spirit. With a history steeped in ruffians and rogues this southwestern enclave of feisty individualists has an agrarian background dating back hundreds, even thousands, of years to the conquistadores and before that, to Native Americans. Read more >>


Join our community of individuals working together to make a difference in rural communities.

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.

At RCAC most program staff have the opportunity to travel, work in a flexible environment and define and develop their own work plans to achieve community driven outcomes. Though our staff works in 13 western states, we celebrate teamwork with open door access to peers and senior leadership. We offer competitive salaries, benefits and opportunities for growth and advancement. We have a keen interest and desire for our staff composition to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

We have several open positions in states in our region. Feel free to contact Tricia Wu Borges at (916) 447-9832 ext. 1056 if you have questions about our work, job requirements or the application process! See what job opportunities are available at RCAC >>

Conference and Workshop Calendar

Google Earth Mapping & CIP

Participants will receive a step-by-step tutorial on how to get started mapping your water system’s assets using Google Earth for project planning, public presentations and developing capital improvement plans. Registration >>

Ukiah Valley Conference Center
200 School Street
Ukiah, California 95482

February 9

Basic Board Duties and Responsibilities

This workshop presents the many responsibilities attached to serving on a water authority board. Many board members are unaware of the scope and breadth of these responsibilities, which range from fiscal responsibility to environmental compliance, ethics, avoiding conflict of interest and familiarity with state and federal laws. Registration >>

NMED Office
121 Tijeras Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

February 23

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 or call (916) 447-2854.

RCAC is the western RCAP partner.