Rural Community Alliance

2022 Highlights

RCA held the first in-person Rural Pitch Competition during Global Entrepreneurship Week. The competition took place virtually in 2020 and 2021.

2021 Highlights

RCA launched two key programs: Afterschool Initiative and Cybersecurity training program.

2020 Highlights

The Representing Rural podcast was launched in August 2020. RCA held its first Rural Pitch Competition in November 2020.

2019 Highlights

Arkansas State Capitol building.

The inaugural RCA Youth Day at the Capitol was held in February. Over 250 youth from five rural school districts traveled to Little Rock for a policy and engagement learning […]

2018 Highlights

The Parent Mentor Program was launched in Eudora. The initial group of six parents/grandparents were placed in Eudora Elementary in February 2018. Originating in Chicago by the Logan Square Neighborhood […]

2017 Highlights

RCA youth from Earle, Marianna, Rose Bud, Dermott, Hughes, Paron, Deer, Mt. Judea, and Valley Springs participate in Youth Day at the Capitol.

The RCA Youth Network was reactivated. With its Advisory Board leading, youth held activities in each region of the state to connect their peers to RCA’s mission.

2016 Highlights

Led by Lavina Grandon, a rural economic development conference was produced with 40 participants. For two days, members ventured through the North Central region to learn of ways creative economy […]

2015 Highlights

RCA champions a bill to provide a waiver from Act 60 consolidation, the culmination of more than ten years of efforts to keep the issue in the forefront of governors’ […]

2014 Highlights

Delta Highways, a regional revitalization network in southeast Arkansas launches. Leslie become first chapter to host RCA annual conference. RCA membership reaches 1,800. RCA advocates for schools improving internet access […]

2013 Highlights

RCA successfully champions a new law to allow school districts to turn back to the community school buildings left abandoned by consolidation. Also helps promote passage of joint use of […]