On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) I am happy to present this annual report for 2014. This past year was one filled with significant accomplishments and new programs that have further strengthened our ability to provide a variety of resources to small rural communities across
Within this report you will find summary information on programs carried out as a result of financial support from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utility Service (RUS) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In addition, we report on our work to provide a voice for rural communities through education and advocacy and our ongoing efforts to train our staff to be better able to provide the highest level of services to rural communities. While RCAP has received EPA funding previously, this last year’s program allowed RCAP to direct our assistance activities to the many regulatory, compliance-related issues being faced by small utility systems. Through direct, on-site assistance and targeted training sessions we have been able to work together with communities as they resolve often long-standing compliance deficiencies. Our six regional partners have been working in every state under this program and those funded by RUS. We are also very pleased to be partnering with the American Water Works Association, the University of Illinois, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, and the United South and Eastern Tribes to deliver services to communities, rural homeowners, and on tribal lands.
New to 2014 was a program, also funded by EPA, to assist private water well owners through on-line training courses, local workshops, and by providing a wealth of information through our collective websites and electronic communications. Also new this year was the initiation of a national solid waste program. RCAP has provided communities with assistance on solid waste and recycling programs for years, however, we were able to obtain additional RUS funding that has significantly expanded our outreach in this area.
After a short hiatus we again conducted a national training conference that provided dozens of timely training sessions for 150 RCAP staff from across the country. In March, we conducted our seventh annual legislative fly-in which provided an opportunity for our regions to meet with Congressional members and their staff on issues of importance to rural America.
Our success this past year further motivates us all to continue to seek out new opportunities, new programs, and new means to provide those services that help rural communities meet their infrastructure and development needs.
Please feel free to visit our website, give us a call, or get in touch with our regional partners should you desire additional information on any of the services that we provide to rural America.Sincerely, Robert Stewart RCAP Executive Director