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Four Area Counties to Benefit from  *Stronger Economies Together* Grant Due to the hard work and dedication of Great Plains RC&D Council Member, Larry Wright, four counties in our area will benefit from the Stronger Economies Together or SET grant.   Communities have worked together diligently to apply for and receive the SET grant. This program will boost our local economies by providing technical assistance/training and resources from the USDA Rural Development and Oklahoma State University.  The purpose of the SET program is to-strengthen the capacity of communities/counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint for their multi-county region, one that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of the region.  The counties benefiting from this program are Beckham, Caddo, Custer and Washita. All four counties, working together, could utilize the 140 corridor to aid in strengthening our local economies. 19 letters of commitment from the local City governments, County Commissioners, and Technology Centers have been received. Great Plains will act as the 501 c3 umbrella to facilitate this grant.  The grant will provide 35 hours of training consisting of nine core modules delivered to each team on a face-to-face basis over the course of several months. Some technical assistance will also be given by USDA RD staff and Extension educators. They will help to assist the local team in securing the type of information needed to guide regional planning activities.
Announces Award to Great Plains RC&D
The National Association of RC&D Councils (NARC&DC) is very pleased to announce that Great Plains RC&D Council of Cordell, Oklahoma has been granted Premier membership in the National Associations Circle of Diamonds program, thus becoming just the third RC&D Council out of 375 to qualify for this elite status.  The NARC&DC Circle of Diamonds program highlights the invaluable work that RC&D Councils perform in their communities and recognizes the good stewardship practices that Councils have put in place. The program is a proactive means for RC&D Councils to demonstrate that they are complying with the basic requirements of the RC&D statute and best non-profit management practices. The program has three tiers or levels: Basic, Enhanced and Premier. More than anything, membership in the NARC&DCs Circle of Diamonds demonstrates the honesty, integrity and strong commitment of RC&D Councils to the RC&D mission of *Making Things Happen*.   By earning Tier III membership, Great Plains RC&D Council has clearly demonstrated its ability to adhere to the highest standards of governance and administration and its effectiveness in public outreach and partnership management. The Councils policies and practices, as well as its inspiring vision for the future of its community, make it a model for all of us who strive to faithfully serve our Communities and be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us. The National Association of RC&D Councils heartily congratulates Great Plains RC&D Council on this well-deserved honor. Wright honored at Great Plains RC&D Annual Council Meeting November 8th, 2011 at the SWOSU Conference Center in Weatherford, Ok.  Larry Wright was nominated by the Deer Creek Conservation District and was awarded the Governor's Conservation Award. L-R: Alveta Taylor, Larry Wright, Carol Gaunt, Bertha Miller. Great Plains RC&D Council Members attend Oklahoma RC&D Mini-Summit on August 15-16 at Fire Lake Grand Casino in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Among those in attendance were: Chris Mackey, Alverta Taylor Reonna Slagell Gossen and Jodi Jackson. Plus, representatives from each of the nine RC&D's in the state of Oklahoma. Other guests included Jeri Towler, P.C., Garrett King, with Congressman Frank Lucas' Office, Gary O'Neil, NRCS, Kristi Bias, Jeff Lockett, Chairman of OARCD, Larry Wright and other distinguished guests.
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