Success Stories


  • Excelsior

    Schools often face challenges to expand or build new facilities, especially in rural areas. Erda, Utah, a Census Designated Place in Tooele Valley, has a charter school called Excelsior, which is open to all students on the same basis as a public school.

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  • Skull Valley Tribe

    The Skull Valley Indian Reservation, located in rural Tooele County, Utah, about 45 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, is a closed Tribe, meaning it does not allow visitors on its land. The Reservation is home to the Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians of Utah, a federally recognized Tribe. The population consists of about 30 people in seven households. Virtually all residents live below the poverty line.

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  • Epicenter

    The city of Green River, like many western rural communities, lacks economic opportunities. Young people are leaving town, and wages are low. Residents and visiting workers face a lack of adequate, affordable housing. Main Street, once vibrant and alive, has struggled as businesses closed.

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  • Lawson Acres Water Association

    Lawson Acres Water Association (LAWA) serves about 75 people who live in a small cluster of homes near Riddle, in southern Douglas County, Oregon. Riddle is a rural community with just more than 1,100 population. The association has 27 water connections and operates a surface water treatment plant from the Cow Creek River. A regulatory agency contacted RCAC in 2014 to ask for assistance with LAWA’s management and operation issues.

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  • Alto De Las Flores Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association

    RCAC staff completed a rate study, which the water board adopted in May 2018, and which allows the community to qualify for USDA funding.

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