This partnership allows RCAP to expand its research focused on policy and regionalization options available for rural communities.
It also gives RCAP the opportunity to provide technical assistance around regionalization to community leaders through tools and on-site trainings to ensure the success of their water systems.
RCAP partners with USDA's Rural Development Innovation Innovation (RED) to bring the national WealthWorks Technical Assistance program to rural communities across the U.S.
Wealthworks is a community-centered model emphasizing an increase in local ownership and connecting local assets to real market demand.
RCAP is one of two non-profit organizations partnering with the Chris Long Foundation to expand it's Waterboys initiative through the formation of a domestic water program called "Hometown H2o."
This program will work to raise awareness about domestic water issues, and help provide safe and clean drinking water to students in schools and community locations.
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Economic recovery in the United States has resulted in vastly different outcomes for individuals and families based on where they live. An urban-rural divide is apparent, though both types of communities are interdependent and share opportunities and challenges. A potentially viable path toward long-term growth is to strengthen this economic connectivity.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded RCAP and the National League of Cities (NLC) a cooperative agreement focused on bridging the urban-rural divide. NLC has a strong research background in this subject (having published a report on Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide in 2018) and represents the interests of more than 19,000 cities, towns and villages in the United States. NLC and RCAP will produce new research exploring the extent to which urban and rural communities are economically connected, publish case studies that emerge from this analysis, host an Urban-Rural Summit and help urban and rural leaders maintain connections through peer engagement. This project will benefit from a separate and additional award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that will allow us to further bolster this research and show how social and health equity relates to and may even improve economic connectivity. NLC and RCAP will present evidence of and practical strategies for regional, inclusive economic and community development.
Each regional RCAP partner is an independent non-profit organization. Some regional organizations may offer services beyond the RCAP federal programs such as low-interest lending, housing assistance, community and economic development, etc. Click on each region to learn more about what specific services they offer, or contact us to find out what assistance is available in your community or state.