NEW ORLEANS, LA | April 23rd-26th, 2018

RCAP's 2018 National Training Conference

The 2018 RCAP National Training Conference will take place in New Orleans from April 23-26, 2018. This conference is a national gathering of the RCAP network to learn best practices for supporting rural communities around the nation. The RCAP National Training Conference is an internal conference, and is not open to outside participants.

Draft Itinerary

Monday April 23

8:30 - 4:30 Optional Pre-Conference Workshop: 6 Essential Roles of Being a TAP
6:00 - 8:00 Opening Reception

Tuesday April 24


Opening Session – Conference Welcome and National Office Update 


• EPA 

• Louisiana Representative 

Hurricane Recovery Efforts 




Opening Session Continued

• Regions Updates

• Network Priorities - Interactive Discussions


Banquet Lunch and Awards Ceremony


Technical Tracks


RCAP Services

Programs and Partners

Building the Toolkit



GIS in Rural Communities: Where We are Now 

Building Resiliency and Sustainability: A Well-Considered Water System

Advocacy 201: Tips for Local Congressional and State Engagement

Thoo-ka, Thoo-ka, Thoo-ka – Chemical Metering Pump Basics




Jazzy Ways to Improve GIS Services

AWWA Partnership: Training Support and Community Engineering Corp

Smart Phone to Drone: Communication Tips to Get the Point Across

Maximization of Lagoon Performance through Optimization and Maintenance


Open House Discussions

(after 6:30)

Optional Regional Dinners

Wednesday April 25


Plenary Session




RCAP Services

Programs and Partners

Building the toolkit



WealthWorks Toolkit: A Strategy for Success in Economic and Community Development in Rural America

Get Implementation Help and Share Lessons Learned on the EPA Water and Wastewater Grants

Breaking Boredom: Interactive Training Tips   

The Changing National Landscape of Water Loss Control




Solid Waste: Thinking Outside the Bin: Part One

Colonias Technical Assistance Program 101: Emerging Trends

Training Case Studies:

• RCAP Field Days

• Training Support Tool

• Leadership Curriculum for Small Communities

• TN Management Curriculum 

Addressing Lead:

• Lead Testing in Public Schools in Alabama

• Beyond the lead sample site plan

• Case Study: Bench Scale Testing to Identify Lead and Copper Treatment Technique for LCR Compliance




Solid Waste:  Thinking Outside the Bin: Part 2

Common Private Well Problems and How to Solve Them

Workshop In a Box: A Treasure Chest of Value to Small Systems

What Should We Do? - Helping Communities make water quality and infrastructure decisions

• What’s in my Well Water? Predictive Ground Water Quality Modeling

• Get a Check on your Gut Check: Small Water System Treatment Technology Decision-Support Tool 




Optional Networking Dinners

Thursday April 26


RCAP Services

Programs and Partners

Building the toolkit



Asset Management

Regional Perspectives for Successful Tribal Interactions

Supervising Remote Staff

Revised Total Coliform Rule: The New Standard of Compliance      




Preparing for the Sanitary Survey: Assisting Communities Prior to Primacy Review

AWWA Partnership: Training Support and Community Engineering Corps

• Taking Full Advantage of the RCAP-AWWA Partnership

• Community Engineering Corps Partnership with RCAP

Financial, Funding, and More Fun!

• USDA Financing

• Financial Policies

• CUPSS Mobile App

RCAP Regional Case Studies

• Clean Water Solutions

• Regionalization Success Story

• Water, Wastewater, Energy

• Coastal Resiliency for Small Towns and Communities

Things to do in New Orleans

There is something for everyone in New Orleans. Enjoy French Quarter shops, museums, outdoor attractions, and cultural events just steps from the conference hotel. To learn more, visit

Hotel Information

The conference will be held at the New Orleans Pere Marquette French Quarter Area Hotel. The hotel is located near the French Quarter.
Rooms have been discounted to $159 per night. To book your guest room, visit RCAP's dedicated room block page on the Marriott website:
Rooms must be reserved by March 26th, 2018 to guarantee this rate. Booking early is encouraged.

Flight Information

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport - MSY

Airport Phone: +1 504 3037500

Hotel direction: 12.8 miles SE

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Alternate transportation: Airport Shuttle Company; fee: 24 USD (one way) ;reservation required

Estimated taxi fare: 33 USD  (one way)

Driving and Parking

For those close enough to drive, there is valet parking at the hotel for $39 plus tax. Within a few blocks, there is self parking at a reduced rate of ~$20. You can find a list of these here:

The hotel is located near the French Quarter at 817 Common Street.


If you have any questions, please contact Spenser Wempe at or 202-408-1273.