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

Use Social Media to Report Potholes to Iowa DOT

Posted: Fri, April 11, 2014
While warmer temperatures are always welcome after a particularly cold winter, the recent fluctuating temperatures, ample moisture, and aging pavements are keeping the Iowa Department of Transportation, as well as county and city road crews, busy fixing potholes and addressing other structural damage to our streets, roads, and bridges.

Iowa DOT crews travel our state's highways regularly, but we can't be everywhere all the time. That's where you come in. If you see a pothole on an interstate or state highway, let us know on Facebook www.facebook.com/iowadot or Twitter www.twitter.com/iowadot using the hashtag #IAFillUsIn. Be sure to provide specific location information so we can find the pothole in question. For potholes on streets or county roadways, contact the local city administrator /engineer or county engineer.
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NICC Leading Implementation of $2.7M US Department of Labor Grant to UERPC

Posted: Wed, April 9, 2014

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) will be leading the implementation of a $2.7 million U.S. Department of Labor competitive grant awarded to Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC),  the grant's fiscal agent and lead workforce partner. The U.S. Department of Labor grant was one of 24 awarded nationwide and the only one in Iowa.

The three-year grant supports a new Youth CareerConnect program through the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. NICC and UERPC will partner with 23 participating high schools in the Northeast Iowa Pathways to Employment project (IA-PIPE). IA-PIPE will expand the college's efforts to develop new and expand existing concurrent enrollments at regional high schools in high demand industries.

The grant and IA-PIPE will focus its high school student concurrent enrollment plan on high-demand federal H-1B designated career pathways, including finance and insurance, healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

"This grant enables NICC and our partners to greatly expand educational programs and career planning services for high school students in northeast Iowa," according to Dr. Liang Chee Wee, NICC president. "Especially rewarding about this successful grant is the coalition of partners who share a common vision of student engagement and achievement."

In addition to the schools and UERPC, NICC is partnering with East Central Intergovernmental Association, Dubuque Area Labor-Management Council, Keystone Area Education Agency, and a growing list of employers including Berry Plastics, Caterpillar, US Bank, Dubuque Data Services, Eastern Iowa Machine Company, Henderson Products, IBM, Mercy Medical Center, and Norplex-Micarta.

In the Youth CareerConnect program, participating high school juniors will select a two-year pathway, take concurrent college credit courses through NICC and participate in an array of career awareness and work-based learning opportunities, all while on course to receive their high school diplomas. Throughout the program, participants will receive career counseling and have access to wrap-around services based on their individual needs. The education and experiential opportunities that IA-PIPE offers will enable participants to graduate from high school and enter the workforce with industry credentials or begin their college education having already earned college credits. 

For more information, contact: Rachelle Howe, UERPC director, at (563) 382-6171 or rhowe@uerpc.org; or Wendy Mihm-Herold, Ph.D., NICC vice president of Business and Community Solutions, at (800) 728-2256, ext. 221 or mihm-heroldw@nicc.edu.
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UERPC March Newsletter

Posted: Mon, March 17, 2014
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • Upcoming Rules for Federal Contractors
  • Employee Spotlight-Fern Rissman
  • Gender Balance on Boards and Commissions in Iowa
  • IowaWorks Did you Know
  • Great Give Day
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Great Give Day

Posted: Wed, March 5, 2014
The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and affiliate foundations in Allamakee and Clayton counties are excited to announce Great Give Day, a 24-hour, online giving event designed to recognize and support the positive work of local nonprofits in Northeast Iowa!

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, every gift made at GreatGiveDay.org between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. will go directly to nonprofits and will be amplified by local and national match dollars. The goal is to help nonprofits attract new donors and build online fundraising capabilities to support long-term success.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Organizations: Nonprofit organizations throughout Northeast Iowa that hold endowment funds at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (CFGD) are eligible to participate in Great Give Day.

Donors: Every community member is a potential donor for Great Give Day. Individuals can make online donations to any participating nonprofit with a minimum donation of $10.

Visit the website to register your organization and complete your profile no later than April 4, 2014. And then complete, sign and return the Great Give Day Nonprofit Partner Participation Agreement found at greatgiveday.org. Engage your donors through advertising, social media and marketing.

Visit greatgiveday.org for more information.
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