Our Approach

We engage with communities in conjunction with our funding partners USDA RD, USEPA, and MDEQ to provide technical assistance that helps community leaders identify affordable solutions for drinking water and wastewater treatment systems.

RCAP Focus

We work to…

  • lower project costs,
  • achieve and maintain compliance,
  • find affordable financing options,
  • use appropriate technology,
  • build local capacity,
  • and increase best management practices.

Meet the Team

Lisa Fought

Sr. Rural Development Specialist

Lisa earned her BA from Alma College and has 20 years of experience in community and economic development through grant writing, grant administration, facilitation, training and project management. She has a strong familiarity with federal and state funding programs and has administered projects funded through USDA, EPA, EDA and MEDC. Lisa is a skilled communicator and understands the critical importance of relationship-building to build capacity. She has leveraged over $50 million on behalf of municipalities, non-profits and private sector organizations.

Leo Dion

Leo Dion

Sr. Rural Development Specialist

He has over 10 years experience in community and economic development serving rural communities.  He has an M.A. in Geography with a GIS and Community Development focus from Western Illinois University and is a Development Finance Certified Professional from the Council for Development Finance Agencies.


Bud Mason

Sr. Rural Development Specialist

Bud Mason is a certified water & wastewater operator who began his career in the Summer Youth Employment Program pulling weeds around sewer lagoons and has gone on to spend over 25 years operating and managing water and wastewater systems. Bud had several mentors that made a difference in his career working in small rural communities and he believes that he can return the favor by assisting other small rural communities.

How Can We Help You…

Whether you need help applying for project funding, or you need a rate analysis, GIS, or an asset management plan for your drinking water or wastewater treatment system, we can provide the service.

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