In this issue:

[VIDEO] Building Rural Economies – New Cuyama, California

RCAC’s Building Rural Economies (BRE) initiative provides training in comprehensive community economic development to support and develop local assets and talents. Check out these highlights from our BRE work in New Cuyama, CA!


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New Cuyama, California

The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacted residents of the geographically remote community. The prolonged public health crisis caused residents to default on emergency loans given to those financially impacted by shelter-in-place orders and business closures. Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) provided…

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Sweet RELieF: RCAC loan helps woman-owned organic farm flourish amid pandemic

When COVID-19 struck, Rock Front Ranch in California’s Cuyama Valley faced an uncertain future. With a $25,000 loan from RCAC’s RELieF program and dedicated training from RCAC’s BRE team, this regenerative organic farm not only weathered the storm but…

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Blue Sky Center

RCAC catalyzes economic growth and facilitates rural development through capacity-building partnerships with community-led organizations like Blue Sky Center in New Cuyama, California. RCAC’s Building Rural Economies (BRE) team collaborates with and supports place-based initiatives to create lasting, transformative impacts…

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Training highlights

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For questions about event registration, please email or call (916) 447-9832 ext. 1429.

Lead Service Line Inventory (Nevada)

February 6, 2024 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Pacific Time
Northern Nevada Public Health, Reno, Nevada

What are the requirements in the state of Nevada? Are there any shortcuts? This class is designed to help water systems understand the lead service line inventory requirements and how to meet the…

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Internal Controls (California)

February 7, 2024 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time

The purpose of this training event is to provide California small water systems with the tools needed to safeguard assets and minimize risks to financial objectives. Many systems lack basic…

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Distribution 1 & 2 Expected Range of Knowledge Exam Prep (California)

February 13, 2024 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM Pacific Time
Best Western Colorado River Inn, Needles, California

The State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water (DDW) administers the drinking water distribution operator certification program in California. The DDW provides…

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Affordable Housing Loan Program

RCAC financing helps developers build single and multifamily affordable housing units for low-income families. RCAC’s housing loans allow for short-term acquisition, pre-development, site development and construction of single and multifamily affordable housing. If you are interested, please download our program flyer and learn more about loan application requirements. RCAC is a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

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Chief Executive Officer: Suzanne Anarde
Executive Editor: Dawn Van Dyke
Managing Editor: Blivion Xanouvong

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

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