Chestatee/Chattahoochee RC&D Council, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has been in business in the 13 counties of Northeast Georgia for over 25 years. RC&D’s were once embedded in the USDA NRCS, but the program was de-funded in 2011 and the councils are now stand-alone non profits. The Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Program was created in the Agricultural Act of 1962 to assist local people in planning and carrying out activities that conserve natural resources, support economic development, enhance the environment, and improve the standard of living for all citizens. RC&D Councils are not governmental entities, so the typical policies and constraints of local, state, and federal government programs do not limit the types of issues they address or the means they use for economic development in their work areas. RC&D Council volunteers are leaders and community stakeholders involved in multiple roles in local government, school boards, churches, and other civic activities. These leaders identify unmet needs in their communities and create solutions that work. At RC&D Council meetings, they draw from their professional expertise and community connections to determine the needs of their RC&D Council areas, address those needs, and make their communities better places to live, work, and play. They know how to blend government programs with local needs to produce results. In essence, they know how to speak the government’s language, and yours. Nationwide, over 25,000 volunteers serve on local RC&D Councils. The 375 RC&D Councils are located in all 50 states, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Basin and serve a combined 85% of all US counties and 77% of the total US population.