In this issue

Workshop-in-a-box leads to big collaborations for RCAC

Rural Community Assistance Corporation’s long running “workshop in a box” (WIAB) has recently been a source of unexpected opportunities in rural Utah. Funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA), RCAC created the workshops in 2012 in partnership with USDA and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read more

Building Rural Economies program adapts and thrives in the new normal

Rural Community Assistance Corporation’s Building Rural Economies (BRE) program has been a resounding success since it first launched in 2015. The BRE team served 30 plus communities; and their efforts generated millions in investments and created or saved hundreds of jobs. Read how BRE adapted during COVID-19

Federal Policy Priorities: Transforming Areas of Persistent Poverty into Persistent Prosperity

The Partners for Rural Transformation is a national coalition committed to serving rural communities in persistent poverty. Collectively, we serve the majority of people living in persistently impoverished places, largely rural areas. Read more

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Celebrating 30+ years of lending

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 Policy Plus. Learn more about Loan Fund here!

Training Highlights

Surface Water Treatment Operations Symposium Part 1 & 2

November 4, Online

This webinar will provide California water system operators with a reconnaissance-level knowledge of the technologies employed to treat drinking water from groundwater supplies.

Part 1 | 10 am – 12 pm
Register HERE

Part 2 | 2 – 4 pm
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Rate setting for small water systems

November 10 |  2 – 4 pm, Online

Join us and learn how to understand the elements involved in budget development, use historic information on financial statements as a budget development tool, identify ways to balance the budget without rate increases, identify alternative rate structure options and more. Two CA (Drinking Water) contact hours awarded.

Register HERE



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: Suzanne Anarde
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

RCAC is the western RCAP partner.