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Carol Knapp serves as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Erie Basin Resource Conservation and Development Council for Ashland, Crawford, Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Wood, and Wyandot Counties

Erie Basin RC&D is a unique non-profit organization that helps people care for and protect their natural resources in a way that improves north central Ohio's economy, environment, and living standards. It provides a forum for people to work together to plan and carry out activities that make north central Ohio a better place to live. Working with citizens, local organizations, and county agencies, the Erie Basin RC&D Council sets its goals and priorities to meet local needs. Erie Basin RC&D Council is committed to empowering people and creating solutions for land conservation, community development, and environmental enhancement. 

HISTORY of Erie Basin RC & D

The Erie Basin Resource Conservation and Development Area was officially authorized by the Secretary of Agriculture in February of 1991. The County Commissioners and Soil and Water Conservation District boards of Ashland, Crawford, Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca and Wyandot signed the application as sponsors. In March of 1999 Wood County joined the Erie Basin RC&D.


Erie Basin RC&D Needs Your Support as a Partner

It’s time to think about what RC&D has meant to you and to the North Central Ohio Area.  Your support is needed to allow the Council to continue to carry out the role formerly done by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

RC&D’s 10 County Area dues do not cover all the program expenses; we need your individual help as well.  Help us strengthen our network by becoming a member of the Partnership Alliance.



Carol Knapp serves as the Vice President of the Development Fund of the Western Reserve Council of Development Finance Agencies Recognizes Development Finance Authority of Summit County as a high performing Development Finance Agency

Akron, Ohio (January 2019) The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) has recognized Development Finance Authority of Summit County as one of “the fifteen highest performing Development Finance Agencies across the nation.”  CDFA is a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. CDFA is comprised of the nation’s leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community representing public, private and non-profit entities alike.

According to CDFA, those DFAs that are able to manage and implement a variety of community and economic development programs are considered “High Performing.” “High performing DFAs generally maximize the full extent of the development finance toolbox and engage a private-sector driven model that is focused on market rate returns and development of their portfolio.” Additionally, “high performing DFAs also work on a self-sufficiency model earning revenue from transactions and fees that, in turn, help drive their activities enabling them to be nimble and work outside the constraints of traditional government agencies.”

Others recognized nationally, by CDFA as a high performing DFA are: The Development Authority of Fulton County (Atlanta, Georgia), Louisville Forward, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, Phoenix Industrial Development Authority, Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee, The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, and Toledo–Lucas County Port Authority of Ohio.

Since 1999, the DFA has issued over $1 billion in economic development bonds, leveraging over $889 million in investment to support community and economic development activity in our region.  Through the New Markets Tax Credit program, the Development Fund of the Western Reserve (DFWR), which is affiliated with the DFA has allocated $65 million federal NMTC plus $11.5 million Ohio NMTC, leveraging $55 million additional federal and state NMTC allocations and $13.2 million in investment. These finance projects enabled the DFA and DFWR to directly or indirectly be associated with the retention and creation of 14,593 jobs, including thousands of construction jobs.


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