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What: RCAP Webinar - Continuing to Serve: How to Recruit Retiring Military Personnel into the Water Sector

When: 2/18/21, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

Where: Virtual 

This webinar will discuss how skills learned in the military can be a good fit for the water sector and how the water sector’s mission, structure, and camaraderie can be a good fit for retiring military personnel.  MAP’s Monte Kerchal will share his experiences of making the shift from a military career into drinking water.  The webinar will also describe the process of how retiring military personnel find new jobs and will offer practical advice for water systems to get their job postings in the hands of veterans.

What: RCAP 2021 Fly-In

When: February 22-25, 2021

Where: Virtual

RCAP staff and rural community members from across the country will meet virtually with elected representatives and agency staffers to discuss issues facing rural America. Click here for more information, including the draft agenda.

RuralRISE Large

What: RuralRISE Mini-Summit

When: April 15, 2021

Where: Virtual

Mark your calendars for a mini-Summit focused on rural broadband. Registration opens March 1 and will be held via Zoom. You can view the agenda and sponsorship opportunities here.

RCAP national conference

What: RCAP 2021 National Conference

When: August 17-19, 2021

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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Drop of Knowledge

A Story of Hope

By Coye Gerald | Feb 17, 2021

Have you ever known or met a person that grew up with the odds stacked against them and wondered – how is that person going to make it? Perhaps a person that grew up in a poor, single parent home? Or perhaps a person who was left to defend themselves as a child, plus had

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RCAP and the Smithsonian Institution Launch Coming Home: Stories from Main Street program

By Coye Gerald | Feb 16, 2021

Washington, D.C. – The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution on a new initiative, “Coming Home: Stories from Main Street.” Coming Home is a collaboration between RCAP’s Rural Homecoming program and the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program that aims to incorporate young voices in the future of rural America. Coming Home empowers

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The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Midland Benefits from RCAP Technical Assistance

By Rosalena Morrell | Feb 2, 2021

Wanda Martinez, Technical Assistance Provider, RCAP Solutions, The Northeast RCAP Midland, incorporated in 1906, is a small town located in Beaver County, Pennsylvania on the banks of the Ohio River. The town was known as one of the early mill towns in Pennsylvania and experienced an early 20th century industrial boom. Midland Steel Works became one of the most profitable businesses in the area and employed many locals.  By 1907, the borough government, fire & police departments, energy and transportation systems were operating. The Midland Water Company was

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Smoke Testing for Inflow & Infiltration

By RCAP | Jan 4, 2021

By: Paul Brezina, Technical Assistance Provider, Midwest Assistance Program (MAP) When your city receives downpouring rains and your wastewater operator lets you know that the lagoons are filling up at an unusual rate, it is time to ask why. As this scenario continues to worsen as months and years go by, it becomes apparent that

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Becoming Compliant During the COVID-19 Crisis

By RCAP | Dec 7, 2020

By: Melissa Jones, Staff Writer, Communities Unlimited & Alfred Jackson, Community Environmental Management Technician, Communities Unlimited  The small town of Autaugaville lies in the heart of Alabama. The town is located in Autauga County, which took its name from the Native American tribe that occupied the area. The county was established around 1818, and the town of Autaugaville was incorporated about 21

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RCAP, Xylem and 120Water Provide More Than 100,000 Face Masks to Essential Utility Workers in Rural Communities

By RCAP | Dec 3, 2020

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) sent to frontline workers in rural communities across the United States December 3, 2020 – Washington, DC – The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) announced in July it was sourcing and donating 40,000 N95 masks to frontline water operators in partnership with Xylem Watermark and 120Water. In August, Xylem donated an

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Senate Appropriations Committee Supports Economic Relief for Small Communities in Vermont

By RCAP | Dec 3, 2020

December 1, 2020 – Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations is supporting small communities by increasing funding for national technical assistance programs administered by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) within the Department of Commerce, and including report language which specifically includes funding for non-profit organizations supporting underserved communities across the United

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Water Finance and Management Libraries, Blogs & Podcasts

By RCAP | Nov 5, 2020

RCAP’s A Drop of Knowledge RCAP’s monthly online newsletter with information for small, rural and tribal drinking water and wastewater systems Resource Library Portal for information from across the water industry that saves time, answers questions, and provides opportunities for ongoing learning at your own pace. Edmunds GovTech: Utility Information Pipeline Blog on water

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Energy Management and Conservation Resources

By RCAP | Nov 5, 2020

Sustainable Infrastructure for Small System Public Services: A Planning and Resource Guide This planning and resources guide includes a step-by-step process for utility decision makers, staff and community members wanting to operate increasingly efficient utilities. Five Things You can do to Save on Energy in your Utility This document aims to help understand your facilities

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