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Funding Agency Coordinating Team


The Funding Agency Coordinating Team (FACT) is a group of federal and state organizations that offer financing to eligible Oklahoma public entities for water and wastewater projects. The purpose of the team is to facilitate the funding process through communication and streamlined application processes.

FACT is hosted by the Oklahoma Rural Water Association (ORWA). FACT meets quarterly to discuss the status of Oklahoma community water supplies identified in DEQ’s enforcement list. Invitations are extended to water systems from across the state that are contending with the most urgent problems and have the greatest financial need, with the purpose of providing help to them as quickly and effectively as possible.

With every public financing agency present at FACT, communication barriers are reduced and application processes are streamlined, resulting in rapid assistance. FACT provides a single uniform method for requesting funding and regulatory approvals, and it offers guides, checklists, and forms that are accepted by all FACT-participating agencies.

The assistance provided by FACT has been universally praised by invited water systems, which provide feedback by voluntarily completing a brief survey immediately following the FACT meeting and a follow-up survey a few months later. Survey responses are used to fine-tune the assistance provided by FACT and help plan the direction of subsequent FACT meetings.


2009 FACT Funding Conference Presentations

Rate Study: Rate Analysis for Small Systems
Wayne Z. Minyard, Executive Director
Utility Assistance and Services, Inc.

Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS)
Dawn Nall, New Mexico Environmental Finance Center (NMEFC)

DEQ's Environmental Requirements for DWSRF Loans
Andy Callaway, Environmental Coordinator, DWSRF
Patty S. Thompson, P.E., Engineering Manager, DWSRF
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ)

DEQ Planning & Design Grant Program
Patty S. Thompson, P.E., Engineering Manager, DWSRF
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ)

OWRB Program Engineering Requirements
Walid Maher, P.E., Chief Engineer
Oklahoma Water Resources Board

OWRB Environmental Requirements CWSRF
Jennifer Wasinger, Assistant Chief, Financial Assistance Division
Kathy Koon, Environmental Specialist, Financial Assistance Division
Matt Cogburn, Environmental Specialist, Financial Assistance Division
Oklahoma Water Resources Board

OWRB Grant Programs
Joe Freeman, Chief, Financial Assistance Division
Shelly Bacon, Grant Program Coordinator, Financial Assistance Division
Oklahoma Water Resources Board

OWRB Loan Programs
Joe Freeman, Chief, Financial Assistance Division
Oklahoma Water Resources Board

Rural Development Rate Study Spreadsheet--An EXCELlent Tool for Determining Rates
Rate Structure Worksheet
Budget Worksheet
Gaylene Riley, Area Rural Development Specialist
USDA Rural Development

Rural Development Financial Assistance Programs
Christy Harper, State Rural Development Specialist
USDA Rural Development

The Community Resource Group Community Loan Fund (CLF) Loan Program
Phil Ross, Oklahoma State Coordinator
Community Resources Group, Inc. (CRG)

The Precise "How To's" of Setting Rates--A Simple Procedure Explained
Karen Conrad, Operation Management Specialist
Community Resources Group, Inc. (CRG)

Indian Health Service Financial Assistance
Johnny Taylor, P.E., Director, Sanitation Facilities Construction
Indian Health Service (IHS)

FY09 Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) Grants for Northern Oklahoma Development Authority (NODA)
Mareta Woodard & Ryan Bixler
Oklahoma Association of Regional Councils (COGs), NODA

Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) for the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG)
Diane McCullough,
Oklahoma Association of Regional Councils (COGs), ACOG

Utility Rate Setting: How to Run Your System Like a Business
Rick A. Smith, President
Municipal Finance Services, Inc.

DEQ's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program
Rebecca Poole, P.E., Project Engineer, DWSRF
Patty S. Thompson P.E., Engineering Manager, DWSRF
Vicki Reed, DWSRF Coordinator
Tony Mensah, P.E., Project Engineer, DWSRF
Justin Hodge, Project Engineer, DWSRF
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ)


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