Archive | March 2012

Using Technology to Deliver Financial Assistance Remotely

With today’s financial constraints, driving to our community projects, some of which can be hundreds of miles away, isn’t always feasible.  So, thanks to ever-evolving technology and a motivated City Clerk, Bonnie Bishop of Randalia, IA, we were able to connect via webinar to review Randalia’s annual financial reports that are due to USDA Rural Development for the city’s existing wastewater loan. I simply uploaded the reports into LiveMeeting, invited Bonnie, and we were able to review the reports as if we were sitting there together.  Thanks to technology we saved time and money, and Randalia is now current on their USDA Rural Development reports.  How are you using technology to benefit your organization?

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Midwest Assistance Program has a long history of assisting small, low-income rural communities in our 9-state area (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming).  Through this blog we hope to tell our story – and the stories of the communities we work with every day, including upcoming events, informative articles and success stories.  Be sure to “like” us on Facebook to get all the latest news and updates.

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By the time the check is presented or the water tower constructed, thousands of hours have been invested by community leaders and residents to build, upgrade or finance their water and wastewater systems.  MAP staff are often behind the scenes in our nine state communities assisting those communities to reach their goal.  From convening the initial meetings, engaging state and federal agencies, informing the local officials of their options or connecting ‘the dots’ in so many other ways, MAP’s work has moved the project forward.

These efforts, however, are often difficult to count.  And more difficult to credit.  This is the work of conveners, networkers and subject experts. Our Spring 2012 e-Source highlights the work conducted by MAP staff in our nine state region. Click here read the full e-newsletter.

We appreciate the support of our federal funders; EPA, US Department of Health and Human Services and USDA Rural Development and the congressional delegation in all nine states.  We continue to tell your community’s and MAP’s stories to each of them.

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