In this issue:

Sew Pieceful in Lewistown, Montana

Lewistown, Montana – In the 30 some years that Tammy Eckhardt worked as a police officer and criminal investigator, it was essential to find solace from the disheartening aspects of her job. She did this by sitting quietly and quilting. And, through the long Montana winters, she was in good company. Read more

The story of San Miguel

San Miguel, N. M. – Modest one-story clay homes line the single road that cuts across this community near the U.S. – Mexico border. At first blush, it would seem San Miguel, nestled in the Mesilla Valley, has stood still, or stood the test of time. Read more

Facilities and Procurement Specialist

Looking for a new and exciting career path? Are you a detail-oriented problem solver? Do you have expertise in procurement and facilities management? Bring those skills to work with an organization full of passionate, dedicated individuals. Read about this opening and all our job opportunities here

Do you need financing?

RCAC provides financing for affordable housing, environmental infrastructure, community facilities or small businesses. Our rates are competitive, our staff is easy to work with and they provide quick turnaround on applications. Give us a call  to discuss your project in detail and download our programs and rates at-a-glance flyer. RCAC is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), with an Aeris rating of 4 Stars AA plus Policy Plus. Check out our loan fund products here

Conference and Workshop Calendar

Drinking Water Workshop

Tuesday, January 29 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Moenkopi Legacy In
1 Legacy Lane
Tuba City, Arizona 86045

Public water system operators will learn how to take and label waypoints for key water infrastructure (gate valves, meters, PRVs, etc.) and how to create line files to map their piped networks. They also will have a practical hands-on session using an Emergency Response Plan template to begin or update an ERP for their system. More information and registration

Sustainable Utility Management for Rural and Small Water and Wastewater Systems

Tuesday, February 5 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Best Western Plus Henderson Hotel
1553 N Boulder Highway
Henderson, Nevada 89011

This workshop, originally developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency, will provide background information on 10 key management areas for sustainable water and wastewater utilities, as well as assistance conducting the utility assessment process, and developing a customized action plan. More information and registration

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