Acronyms

Acronyms

Listed below for your reference are acronyms seen throughout correspondence with UERPC that are used to identify various plans, grants, publications, and agencies.

 AHP Affordable Housing Program
 AMI Area Median Income
 CBP Community Builder Plan
 CDBG Community Development Block Grant
 CEBA Community Economic Betterment Account
 CEDS Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
 CEPP Community Economic Preparedness Program
 CIRAS Center of Industrial Research and Service
 COG Council of Governments
 CQR Community Quick Reference
 DHS Department of Human Services
 DOE Department of Energy
 DOT Department of Transportation
 DTR Downtown Revitalization
 EDA Economic Development Administration
 EDSA Economic Development Set-Aside
 EFSP Emergency Food and Shelter Program
 EMD Emergency Management Division
 EPA Environmental Protection Agency
 FCLHTF Fayette County Local Housing Trust Fund
 FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
 FHLB Federal Home Loan Bank
 FHWA Federal Highway Administration
 FTA Federal Transit Administration
 HAAPP Housing Assessment and Action Planning Program
 HIRE Helping Iowa's Rural Economy
 HMGP Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
 HOME First Time Homebuyer Program
 HPG Housing Preservation Grant
 HSG, INC. Housing Incorporated
 HUD Housing and Urban Development
 IARC Iowa Association of Regional Councils
 IEDA Iowa Economic Department Authority
 IDM Institute for Decision Making
 IDNR Iowa Department of Natural Resources
 IFA Iowa Finance Authority
 ISU Iowa State University
 IWE Iowa Waste Exchange
 IWRC Iowa Waste Reduction Center
 LESA Land Evaluation and Site Assessment
 LHAP Local Housing Assistance Program
 LHTF Local Housing Trust Fund
 LMI Low to Moderate Income
 LOIS Location One Information Services
 MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization
 NEIAC Northeast Iowa Community Action
 NIBN Northeast Iowa Business Network
 NICC Northeast Iowa Community College
 PFSA Public Facilities Set-Aside
 RBEG Rural Business Enterprise Grant
 RBOG Rural Business Opportunity Grant
 RC&D Resource Conservation and Development
 RD Rural Development (formerly FmHA)
 REAP Resource Enhancement and Protection
 RHA Regional Housing Authority
 RISE Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy
 RLF Revolving Loan Fund
 RPA Regional Planning Affiliation
 RTA Regional Transportation Authority
 RTC Regional Transit Commission
 SCORE Service Corps of Retired Executives
 SRF State Revolving Fund
 STIP State Transportation Improvement Program
 SWAP Solid Waste Alternatives Program
 TBRA Tenant-Based Rental Assistance
 TIF Tax Increment Financing
 TIP Transportation Improvement Program
 TPWP Transportation Planning Work Program
 TRRC Turkey River Recreational Corridor
 UI University of Iowa
 UIU Upper Iowa University
 UNI University of Northern Iowa
 USDA-RD United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development
 WIRB Watershed Improvement Review Board

News Headlines

The FruitGuys Community Fund

Posted: Tue, December 16, 2014

The FruitGuys Community Fund offers funding to support sustainability projects for small to mid-size farms. A primary goal of the fund is to help farms and orchards operate more sustainably and to promote advocacy that, over the long term, creates a more sustainable food system and healthier planet. Applications must be received by February 16, 2015.

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Iowa Safe Routees to School Annual Meeting

Posted: Mon, December 8, 2014

The Iowa Safe Routes to School meeting will take place on January 24, 2014 from 8:30-10:00 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. We will have two guest speakers and the theme of our meeting will focus on the best practices for building walking school bus programs.

Our first speakers, Pam Hoogerwerf, Director for Community Outreach and Injury Prevention University of Iowa Children’s Hospital and Dr. Cara Hamann, a postdoc and injury epidemiologist for the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Pam and Dr. Hamann will discuss their upcoming project, Pedal PORTAL pilot, a naturalistic bicycling study conducted in Iowa that utilized GPS-enabled helmet cameras to capture the bicycling experience of children and adults. Results presented will include descriptions of typical riding patterns, differences between adults and children, and rates of errors, near crashes, and crashes.

Ashley Christensen serves as the Regional Safe Routes to School Coordinator for Northeast Iowa and is dedicated to increasing physical activity levels among youth by enabling and encouraging students to safely walk and bicycle to and from school and in daily life. Ashley will review her guide on 10 Steps to Creating a Rural, Regional Safe Routes to School Program.

During the last part of our meeting we will be discussing Walking School Buses: Best Practices. We hope to have Walking School Bus Coordinators from around the state come to share their best practices. This is a great networking opportunity for individuals and communities to share their stories with successes and hurdles. Come sit with us and let's compare our notes on our sustainable Walking School Bus Programs.

Let’s explore our mutual mission by expanding the importance of Safe Routes to School. This meeting is a fantastic opportunity to network while growing lasting partnerships and to change the state of Iowa one safe route at a time.

For more information on the Iowa Safe Routes to School program and to register for this free meeting, please visit http://iowasaferoutes.org/ or contact Alana Croco (alana@iowabicyclecoalition.org).

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Let the Bike Rack Challenge Begin!

Posted: Fri, November 21, 2014

Thanks to generous support from the Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) and the Depot Outlet, the 2015 Bike Rack Challenge will again take place this coming spring!

The Bike Rack Challenge, a project organized by UERPC’s Northeast Iowa Safe Routes to School Program and the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, encourages biking to school and other community destinations through youth creativity, skill and leadership. Bike racks ultimately benefit the health of individuals, communities and the environment by providing a secure bike parking location, which helps people get around better by bike.

Each spring, high school industrial technology classes are challenged to construct a usable bike rack for their school or other community location using as much recycled material as possible. Classes have from January until May to design and construct their bike rack.

Again, many thanks to the ACCF and the Depot Outlet for supporting this fun, challenging and rewarding project for students and for supporting community wellness and community betterment for years to come!

Northeast Iowa schools can still sign up for the Bike Rack Challenge! Click below to learn more or contact Ashley Christensen:  563-382-6171 or achristensen@uerpc.org.

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UERPC November Newsletter

Posted: Mon, November 17, 2014

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Iowa DOT Switches Into Winter Mode
  • Employee Spotlight-Michaela Collins
  • USDA Invests in Small and Emerging Rural Businesses and Rural Transportation
  • IowaWorks-Did you Know?
  • Legislative Event
  • Eating Healthy While Managing Holiday Stress
  • UERPC Spreads Its Wings
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