Although a number of federal and state agencies provide grants, subsidized loans and technical assistance to rural communities for drinking water and clean water infrastructure development, the demand outstrips the available funding.
This presentation will focus on infrastructure cost savings due to statewide support groups involved in infrastructure funding and technical partnerships. Specific examples of efficiency and cost savings due to various states’ funding agency coordination will also be covered. These include a standard application and engineering report that communities use to apply to multiple funding sources, coordinated technical assistance, and focused outreach.
Noel LaRoque has been the State Engineer for Idaho USDA Rural Development since 2003. He provides engineering, architectural and environmental support to the all RD Idaho programs, including Water & Waste, Community Facility, Housing and Business Programs. He also provides engineering support on Water & Waste projects for the Alaska Rural Development office. He has 17 years Federal employment experience and 4 years of private consulting experience. He has a B.S. in Engineering Science from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Idaho and Utah.