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Small Community Assistance Organizations

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External sites are not endorsed by NESC and are offered for information purposes only. Please click on the links below to see their designated pages. Links are listed in alphabetical order.

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
The ARC assists with economic, physical, and social development of the 13-state, 406-county Appalachian region. ARC strengthens local governments, creates jobs, encourages private investment in the region, and develops infrastructures for community and industrial water and sewer systems.

Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA)
ASWDA is the professional association that represents the collective interests of the nation's state drinking water programs.

Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities (CIFA)
CIFA is a national, nonprofit organization of state and local authorities that provides water and wastewater loans and bonds to meet infrastructure needs. It provides a communications network for exchanging information and ideas on public funding mechanisms

Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA)
COSCDA is a national association that promotes states' common interests for comprehensive community and economic development. COSCDA serves as a liaison between states and federal agencies involved in community development.

Farm*A*Syst
Farmstead Assessment System, available in 40 states, helps farmers and rural residents evaluate water pollution risks from structures and management practices.

Home*A*Syst
Related to Farm*A*Syst, this program helps homeowners and renters identify problems and take action to reduce pollution risks. It covers topics including water conservation, surface water contamination, lead contamination, and septic systems.

International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
ICMA promotes excellence in local government through professional management. ICMA provides an information clearinghouse, technical assistance, and training and professional development to nearly 8,000 administrators, assistant administrators, and other individuals throughout the world.

League of Women Voters Education Fund
The League of Women Voters provides local and state Leagues, as well as the wider public, with information and educational services on elections and on current public policy issues.

Local Government Environmental Assistance Network (LGEAN)
LGEAN provides environmental management, planning, funding, and regulatory information for local government elected and appointed officials, managers, and staff. 

Missouri Department of Natural Resources EMI Software
The Missouri Department of Natural Resrouces (DNR) developed Show-me Ratemaker, software that can analyze rate structure and revise rates. Click on the link above to go to Missouri DNR Environmental Assistance EMI's [Environmental Management Institute] Software Suite.

National Association of Counties (NACo)
NACo provides research and reference services for county officials, represents county governments and officials, and offers a strong voice in the nation's capital.

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
NACCHO is a nonprofit membership organization that pursues excellence in public health practices and promotes partnerships between local, state, and federal agencies.

National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)
NADO is a public interest group working to assure that all rural citizens have equal access to employment opportunities and a quality of life comparable to other Americans.

National Association of Regional Councils (NARC)
NARC is a nonprofit membership organization serving the interests of regional councils and metropolitan planning organizations nationwide.

National Center for Small Communities (NCSC)
NCSC is a national, nonprofit organization devoted to serving the leaders of America's smaller communities. It provides small town decision makers with tools to govern effectively and skills to expand local economies, protect natural resources, and preserve community character.

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
The NCAI is the oldest and largest tribal government organization in the US. NCAI serves as a forum for consensus-based policy development among its membership of more than 250 tribal governments. Indian Nations are sovereign governments.

National League of Cities (NLC)
The NLC is the oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments throughout the US. Its mission is to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance.

National Rural Water Association (NRWA)
The NRWA is a nonprofit federation of State Rural Water Associations. NRWA's mission is to provide support services to its state associations with more than 22,000 water and wastewater systems as members. Click here for state associations.

Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC)
The RCAC's core services include technical assistance and financing for affordable housing, environmental infrastructure, and community facilities.

Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP)
RCAP's mission is to help rural people improve the quality of life in their communities.

Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC)
A nonprofit citizens' action organization founded in 1939, PRC serves as a vital link between industry, government and grass-roots organizations—initiating dialogue between these groups to find solutions to environmental problems.

Small Towns Environment Program (STEP)
STEP provides rural communities with a method to find reasonable, low-cost solutions to solving wastewater problems. STEP is a cooperative partnership among the community, the New York Department of Ecology, and the Rensselaerville Institute of New York.

TACNET [EPA Technical Assistance Center Network]
The small public water systems TAC form a network with a goal of protecting public health, improving water system sustainability, and enhancing compliance.

U.S. Department of Agriculture–Rural Utilities Service (RUS)
RUS provides loans, grants and loan guarantees for drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste and storm drainage facilities in rural areas and cities and towns serving fewer than 10,000 people.