UERPC has become recognized as an ideal vehicle for addressing issues that require a regional perspective, obtaining over $225 million in grant funds since its establishment in November of 1972. More specifically, this fiscal year UERPC obtained over $8.2 million from grant funds for our various counties and communities. UERPC continues to focus on its customer service approach. The goal is for all communities and counties to see UERPC as a resource for their housing, transportation, workforce, economic development and community needs. To accomplish that goal, the agency continues with their all-inclusive marketing campaign to include: Facebook, Twitter, e-newsletter, success stories, and more.
During FY 2013, UERPC management set a priority to train and educate our 24 member board so they can promote our agency in a uniformed fashion. UERPC also reflected upon the staff to match job descriptions with skill sets in a more efficient way. To build a workplace with more staff camaraderie, greater productivity, and less absenteeism, an organization-wide wellness initiative was implemented.
Management continues to strive for financial stability of UERPC. This proved more challenging during this fiscal year as compared to preceding years. As a publicly funded organization, UERPC has had to face significant budgetary shortfalls. A combination of issues such as the recession; the recent sequestration of major program funds including Department of Labor (DOL) and Housing & Urban Development funds (HUD); changes in administrative funding levels; and grant requirements related to UERPC have all resulted in the need to re-evaluate practices and processes and to be able to change these practices quickly. This included a concentrated review of staffing levels to meet the ever changing financial resources which were available and will be available to UERPC in the upcoming fiscal year.
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