In this issue:

The Puff Factory owner and children cutting the ribbon for the opening.

The Puff Factory ribbon-cutting and grand opening

In May, as Jacqueline Alexander welcomed dozens of visitors to The Puff Factory ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony, her friend Adrienne Nelson lauded Alexander’s perseverance during the last three years, when it seemed the various obstacles she faced would prevent her from success.

“But,” she noted, “faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the staircase.” Read more

Jones Valley’s special day

Jones Valley, Calif. – In 2013, John Van den Bergh, who was then the Fall River Valley Community Services District general manager, got a call from a California congressman who was both discouraged and hopeful about a seemingly insoluble problem in his district. Read more

RCAC’s Loan Fund lends more than $12 million to rural communities

West Sacramento, Calif. — In the quarter ending March 31, 2019, RCAC closed 24 loans/grants totaling $12.3 million to support rural communities in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington. In California, one loan helped to finance, renovate and open a grocery store on Tribal lands. Read more

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Community development loans available to Tribes, Tribal entities and individuals in Arizona and New Mexico

RCAC’s Loan Fund has low interest, long- and short-term loans available for Tribes, Tribal communities and individual Native Americans in Arizona and New Mexico for small business, housing and community facility projects. Eligible projects include: energy efficient affordable housing, infrastructure, community facilities, Native owned small businesses, sustainable agriculture, nonprofit organizations working in Indian County or with Native populations, and other mission driven social enterprises. Download flyer

Conference and Workshop Calendar

Drought contingency and water loss

Tuesday | June 11 | 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
1290 Notre Dame Blvd., Chico, CA 95928

Although the most recent drought is in the past, there will always be future droughts to contend with in our warm, arid climate. Join us for lessons learned from the most recent drought and how to prepare and plan for the next one. Conservation measures and water loss will be discussed along with how to make the most of your water meters. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss planning considerations and will receive reference materials for developing their own system’s plan. Register here >>

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Chief Executive Officer: Stanley Keasling
Executive Editor: Dawn Van Dyke
Managing Editor: Sharon Wills

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

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