The Atmore office of the Gulf Coast RC&D held a reception Friday, September 28, as part of the national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Program.
Founded in 1962 as a part of the US Department of Agriculture, the purpose of the RC&D program is to accelerate the conservation, development and utilization of natural resources, improve the general level of economic activity, and to enhance the environment and standard of living in designated RC&D areas.
Wanda Robbins, director of the RC&D office in Atmore, said that they are here to help organizations help the community.
In 2011-2012, the RC&D funded 22 projects in this area and invested $191,789.77. That includes $73,000 invested in Escambia County.
“Our theme is ‘Falling for RC&D,’ Robbins said. “If groups can identify needs, they should come by. Let us see if we can help.”
Robbins expressed excitement about the annual meeting coming here January 23.
“The public is invited to join us at the Club,” she said.
The national convention for RC&D will be held in Mobile in 2014.