Luke Tia, Technical Assistance Provider, SERCAP In the last few years, hurricane season has become even more active and dangerous. September is National Preparedness Month and offers a powerful opportunity to encourage planning and preparedness for natural disasters, especially as they increase in frequency and intensity, by sharing examples of how different states are managing this. Florida has implemented the Florida Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (FlaWARN) to help in
Washington, DC (September 17, 2021) — The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), Inc. has received funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as part of its Rebuilding Better grant funding. RCAP’s project will build awareness for public policies that address challenges faced by rural entrepreneurs by developing advocacy curriculum, educating policymakers, and hosting the 2021
Pamela Ewing is a Rural Development Specialist with RCAP’s Great Lakes partner, the Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP), and has been employed with them for twelve years. Prior to working at GLCAP, Pam was with the USDA Rural Development for 27 years scattering around Ohio in various offices whilst working in multiple programs in
By Rosalena Morrell, RCAP Public Affairs Fellow From August 17-19, 2021, The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) will be hosting our annual National Conference. The National Conference is an opportunity for the regional affiliates that make up RCAP’s network, made up of more than 300 Technical Assistance Providers (TAPs) to come together and share their knowledge and experiences to better serve rural communities across the country. The Conference also coincides with the celebration
Jeffery Korman is a Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) with the Midwest Assistance Program (MAP), located in the state of Missouri primarily with water and wastewater. He has been employed with MAP for five years, as of July 2021. Prior to working with MAP, Jeff has had a long journey of being involved with water and
By Claire Miller, Technical Assistance Provider, RCAC Income surveys are tools that funders use to determine a community’s median household income (MHI), which affects eligibility and favorability of terms for grant and loan packages. To ensure confidentiality, most funders require a third-party entity like the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), the western RCAP, to conduct the survey. Income surveys usually happen in two phases: a paper survey mailed to rate payers’ homes, followed
Eleisha K. Shelton, Rural Development Specialist, GLCAP Low-pressure systems operate like normal sewer systems. They take in the normal waste from a home and/or commercial building, but before transferring it straight to the treatment plant, it makes a stop through a grinder pump. A grinder pump is kind of like your garbage disposal. This high-powered pump can run by an “on/off” sensor level switch or a float system. Once the pump kicks on, it grinds up solids before pumping waste out
Hi, my name is Coye, and my personal pronouns are He/Him and They/Them. It’s interesting seeing how this has become the norm for some of us when it comes to introducing ourselves, as this was something I never would have imagined as a child with roots in a rural Southern town of approximately 300 people.
Leo Dion is a Senior Rural Development Specialist with RCAP’s Great Lakes partner, the Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP), and has been employed with them for roughly six-and-a-half years. Prior to working at GLCAP, Leo was in the community and economic development sphere for about 15 years, including a Peace Corps stint in Turkmenistan.
Kristina Hartley, Technical Assistance Program, Midwest Assistance Program In America, every state and territory is home to a regulatory agency with oversight and administrative authority over public drinking water systems. These state agencies are held to standards set by the federal government and charged with enforcement through the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Consumers see their water purveyors as a trusted authority