Planning and Preparing for Natural Disasters: Lessons from a Mutual Aid Network in Florida

By Coye Gerald | September 21, 2021

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

RCAP Awarded Rebuilding Better Grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

By Coye Gerald | September 16, 2021

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

Straight from the TAP – Pamela Ewing

By Coye Gerald | August 31, 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

A Sneak Peek of RCAP’s 2021 National Conference

By Coye Gerald | August 12, 2021

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

Straight from the TAP – Jeffery Korman

By Coye Gerald | July 30, 2021

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

Navigating Income Surveys During COVID-19

By Coye Gerald | July 13, 2021

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

To Flush or Not to Flush: Grinder Pumps in Low-Pressure Systems

By Coye Gerald | June 10, 2021

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

A Prideful Journey for Coye

By Coye Gerald | June 7, 2021

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.

Straight from the TAP – Leo Dion

By Coye Gerald | June 3, 2021

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.

Drinking Water Systems and the Consumer Confidence Report

By Coye Gerald | May 4, 2021

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