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Small system solves water woes—cooperation is key

Three Rivers, Calif. – The 2,600 residents who call Three Rivers home take pride in the peaceful landscape near Sequoia National Park. In fact, Walt Disney once considered building a major ski resort near Three Rivers because the landscape is so picturesque. Despite its beautiful surroundings, it became clear two years ago that a small Three Rivers community’s water supply was in danger, so residents called on Rural Community Assistance Corporation for help. Full story >>

RCAC’s Loan Fund reaches $100 million in lending capital

RCAC’s Loan Fund reached a long-awaited milestone this week, announcing $100 million in lending capital. New investments including $5 million from Bank of America and a $10 million Charles Schwab line of credit brought the Loan Fund to its highest capital level since its creation in 1988. Read more >>

Tribal Housing Excellence (THE Academy) application period now open

RCAC and Native Capital Access (NCA) will accept applications for the Tribal Housing Excellence Academy (THE Academy) until September 1, 2016. THE Academy is a three year initiative to apply best practices in leveraging resources historically underutilized by Tribes and native communities to increase the number and type of housing units produced on Native lands. Read more >>

Champion of Service

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development recognizes Teresa Bardwell, RCAC rural development specialist, Housing Counseling, as a champion of change. Bardwell possesses a wide range of training expertise on multiple topics and platforms at state, regional and national venues. Read more >>

RCAC receives Rural Housing Champion Award

RCAC recently received the Rural Housing Champion Award for its work in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Mutual Self-Help Housing Program. Joyce Allen, USDA Rural Development’s single family housing deputy administrator, recognized RCAC for its successful efforts in the western U.S. and western Pacific territories. Read more >>

Add purpose to life by helping communities help themselves!

Are you looking for a career that makes a difference in others’ lives? Do you like working with people? Do you have water or wastewater experience? Enjoy rural communities? RCAC has several positions open in Arizona, California and Hawaii. Visit our careers page to find out more and apply today! Inquire today >>

A Strategy For Funding Without Federal Assistance

The Water Research Foundation published this three-page fact sheet that discusses methods utilities can use to fund infrastructure projects on their own. Water utilities should conduct an integrated planning process that consists of three important components: strategic business planning, capital planning and financial planning. For thousands of resources like this check out the WaterOperator.org resource library. Download the fact sheet >>

Conference and Workshop Calendar

Sampling and the Revised Total Coliform Rule: The new standard of compliance

Crescent City, CA
August 3, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Emergency & Disaster Response Planning

Fortuna, CA
August 4, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

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

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