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File #: 16-1227    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 11/23/2016 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 12/13/2016 Final action: 12/13/2016
Title: Health and Human Services Agency recommending the Board adopt and authorize the Chair to sign Resolution 206-2016, which memorializes the County’s commitment to participating, in collaboration with other counties, in the “Rural Impact County Challenge” offered by the National Association of Counties. FUNDING: N/A
Attachments: 1. A - Approved CRS for RICC Resolution 12-13-16, 2. B - RICC Resolution 12-13-16, 3. Executed Resolution 206-2016
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Health and Human Services Agency recommending the Board adopt and authorize the Chair to sign Resolution 206-2016, which memorializes the County’s commitment to participating, in collaboration with other counties, in the “Rural Impact County Challenge” offered by the National Association of Counties.

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DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDATION:
Health and Human Services Agency recommending the Board endorse participation in the National Association of Counties (NACo) “Rural Impact County Challenge” (RICC) by adopting and authorizing the proposed Resolution.

DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND:
Rural communities provide critical resources, including the vast majority of food, energy, and environmental benefits for the rest of the country. Providing nearly 90 percent of renewable water resources, rural communities are home to millions of Americans, are a critical part of the nation’s economy, and include some of the most beautiful landmarks in the country.

Despite these benefits, too many Americans in rural areas are not sharing in our nation’s economic growth. A full 85 percent of our country’s persistent poverty counties are in rural America. Lack of opportunity is often compounded in rural communities by inadequate transportation, lack of access to services, and higher rates of drug and substance abuse.

NACo, in collaboration with the White House Rural Council, have come together on a national initiative to help advance counties’ efforts to reduce the number of rural children and families living in poverty. In El Dorado County, 12.3% of the children were living below the federal poverty level in 2010-2014 (source: www.WellDorado.org ). Nearly 100 counties have signed up to participate in the national initiative.

The RICC is a Call to Action demonstrating strong county leadership, commitment, and vision to achieve concrete results on behalf of rural children and families. This Call to Action asks counties to develop a...

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