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RCAP national conference

What: RCAP 2021 National Conference

When: August 17-19, 2021

Where: Virtual

The RCAP National Conference is an opportunity for technical assistance providers from across the country to gather together and discuss common challenges, issues and opportunities faced in rural communities.

RuralRISE Large

What: RuralRISE 

When: September 20 - 21, 2021

Where: Virtual

Mark your calendars for RuralRise. Registration opens soon and will be held via Zoom. More information to come.




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Drop of Knowledge

A Prideful Journey for Coye

By Coye Gerald | Jun 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.

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Straight from the TAP – Leo Dion

By Coye Gerald | Jun 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.

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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

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Straight from the TAP – Amy Pemberton

By Coye Gerald | Apr 30, 2021

Amy Pemberton is a Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) with RCAP’s Southeast partner, the Southeastern Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP), and has been employed with them for a little under a year. Her one year anniversary is coming up on June, 1! Prior to retiring last year in May, Amy worked with the Virginia Department of

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By Coye Gerald | Apr 20, 2021

Bill passed out of Senate on the heels of unanimous vote out of Environment and Public Works Committee (Washington, D.C.) – Today, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act (DWWIA) of 2021. RCAP and its regional partners thank Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for expeditiously bringing this important priority to the

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Rate Setting – The Small System Challenge

By Coye Gerald | Apr 6, 2021

By Jean Holloway, Delaware and Maryland State Manager, SERCAP  Small water and wastewater utilities face many challenges in structuring user rates that are fair and equitable to the customer and provide sufficient revenue for the utilities’ operations and future needs. Government and quasi-government owned systems are particularly prone to setting rates based on political expediency rather than on the

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Straight from the TAP – Jodi Hilsabeck

By Coye Gerald | Mar 31, 2021

Jodi Hilsabeck is a Project Manager/Technical Assistance Provider with RCAP’s Midwestern partner, the Midwest Assistance Program (MAP) and has been employed with them for four years. Jodi came into MAP with a background more focused on statistics, analytics and administrative duties where she knew a ton about budgets and numbers, but nothing related to water.

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Jessi Snyder: Where Water and Community Development Meet

By Coye Gerald | Mar 31, 2021

[This is interview part of RCAP’s series to celebrate Women’s History Month and highlight the leadership and wisdom of the wonderful women who support this network] Jessi Snyder is the Program Director for Self-Help Enterprises (SHE) and an RCAP Board Member. SHE is a nationally recognized community development organization that works with low-income families to

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Budgeting and Financial Management

By Coye Gerald | Mar 30, 2021

Basics of Financial Management GuidebookRCAP’s guidebook for small communities on financial policies and controls, budgeting, and monitoring of financial performance. The Basics of Financial Management for Small-community Utilities: A Webcast on Financial Management (Part 1)A recorded webcast that is a companion to RCAP’s The Basics of Financial Management for Small-community Utilities The Basics of Financial

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