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What: ROAD Sessions 4

When: To be updated

Where: Virtual

 The ROAD Sessions highlight and unpack rural development ideas and strategies that are critical in response to COVID-19 and to long-term rebuilding and recovery. ROAD Sessions feature stories of on-the-ground practitioners who have experience, wisdom and savvy to share. The series reflects and emphasizes the full diversity of rural America, spotlights rural America’s assets and challenges, and lifts voices and lived experience from a wide range of rural communities and economies. Each Session includes an added opportunity for peer exchange. Overall, the ROAD Sessions aim to infuse practitioner stories and lessons into rural narratives, policymaking and practice across the country, and to strengthen the network of organizations serving rural communities and regions.

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What: Rural Homecoming

When: Fall 2020

Where: Rural Communities

An annual event held occurring in mid-October, Rural Homecoming is an opportunity for rural communities to participate in a national celebration, and to invite their friends and family to celebrate what makes rural so special. An updated toolkit will be made available soon with virtual options to participate in Rural Homecoming.


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What: RCAP 2021 Fly-In

When: February 22-25, 2021

Where: Washington, D.C. or Virtual

RCAP staff and rural community members from across the country will travel to Capitol Hill to meet with elected representatives to discuss issues facing rural America. Click here for more information, including draft agendas.

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What: RCAP 2021 National Conference

When: To be decided

Where: Chicago, Illinois, or 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. More information to come.




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By Kinsey Brown | Jul 7, 2020

How Infrastructure Investments Improve Texas Colonias Quality of Life By: Kathryn Lucerno, Community Environmental Management Specialist, Communities Unlimited (El Paso, Texas) (Left to right) Maria Sanchez, Candelaria, TX resident and meter reader for Canedelaria WSC, Kathryn Lucero, Communities Unlimited, Jose Cabezuela, Presidio County Commissioner, Precinct 3, Cesario Vela, Communities Unlimited The term colonia is Spanish

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Straight from the TAP – Conseulo McGowan

By Coye Gerald | Jun 26, 2020

Consuelo McGowan is a Technical Assistance Provider for Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP) in Delaware. She has been employed with SERCAP for two years. Prior to joining RCAP, Consuelo worked for the State of Delaware Division of Family Services as a Family Crisis Therapist for more than 10 years and as an Extension Agent

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Rural Leaders Adapt and Advance Solutions in the Age of COVID-19

By Kinsey Brown | Jun 9, 2020

Kinsey Brown, RCAP The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) is known for the incredible work done nationwide to ensure that rural communities have access to clean, safe drinking water and sanitation services. For more than 50 years, the partner organizations comprising the RCAP Network have worked with small communities to keep improving quality of life through technical assistance and training in water, wastewater and solid

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RCAP Survey Shows Impact of COVID-19 on Rural and Tribal Water and Wastewater Systems

By Kinsey Brown | Jun 1, 2020

Survey of more than 1,100 rural and tribal water and wastewater systems shows projected impact on smallest systems across the country 6/1/20 – The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), launched a survey in early May to better understand the impacts of COVID-19 on small rural and tribal water and wastewater systems. The survey received 1,137

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Small Water System Infrastructure Must be Part of Our Country’s COVID Recovery

By Kinsey Brown | May 27, 2020

By: Nathan Ohle, RCAP CEO & Radhika Fox, US Water Alliance CEO Every community – big and small, rural and urban – relies on water. Water is a public health and sanitation issue, as well as economic, agricultural, and recreational issue. No community can thrive without access to water. While most people in the United

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Straight From the TAP – Alexander Brandon

By Coye Gerald | May 27, 2020

Alexander Brandon is the Area Director for Communities Unlimited (CU) in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. He has been employed with CU for 14 years. Prior to joining RCAP, Alexander worked in water treatment as an operator at an iron and manganese removal plant in Columbus, Mississippi. Following that position, he worked as a Technical Assistance

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Worm Farming in Schools Increases Composting Efforts

By Kinsey Brown | May 5, 2020

By: Rachel Silver, SERCAP Technical Assistance Provider Yes, you read that headline correctly. Worm farming is a sustainable business with huge growth potential. Worms convert food waste into nutrient-rich worm castings, one of the world’s best plant foods and soil conditioners, which can be sold to nurseries, gardening friends, eco shops, and farmers. Worm castings can be used

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What Seems Like the New “Normal” Family Life is Out of Reach for Many Rural Americans

By Kinsey Brown | Apr 9, 2020

By Nathan Ohle, RCAP CEO As I look to my left, I see my wife and two dogs, relaxing on our couch and settled in after another long day. Both of my kids are safely sleeping in their beds. Most nights in our family look like this, yet everything these days feels remarkably different. The

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A Drop of Knowledge: Disaster preparedness training can help water systems plan for new realities

By Kinsey Brown | Apr 7, 2020

By: Louis Martin, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC, the Western RCAP) Staff Writer Editor’s Note: The following article was written before the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, but we are highlighting it because of how important it is for small water and wastewater systems to understand the resources available to them to plan for disasters that

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