UERPC has become recognized as an ideal vehicle for addressing issues that require a regional perspective, obtaining over $233 million in grant funds since its establishment in November of 1972. More specifically, this fiscal year UERPC obtained over $5.9 million from grant funds for our various counties and communities.
Diversity was the focal point during FY 2015. UERPC management team sought out several new projects that were new to the Council of Government (COG) world and to UERPC. The diversity of the new projects has allowed UERPC to increase financial security and independence from state and federal program inconsistencies.
Management predicts a typical year of encounters within the fiscal year 2015. UERPC management realizes that grant funding is likely to continue to decline going forward; UERPC’s future success depends on its ability to continue to increase its’ diversity within the industry by providing services for which a fee can be charged. Many of the types of programs/projects have begun in 2014. Many of the programs that have traditionally had greater stability of funding are now receiving or are threatened to continue to receive lower funding levels. The low-income rental assistance program, community development block grants, and workforce development programs are all experiencing decreases in funding. Management continues to monitor these programs and their funding levels, while researching new opportunities.
UERPC has expanded its’ partnerships within the agency to both office locations. In the Postville office, Northeast Iowa Community Action has joined the partnership and holds an office within the Postville location. UERPC continues its’ partnerships within the Decorah location with IowaWorks, Hawkeye Community College, Goodwill, and ISU Extension. UERPC is ecstatic to become a one-stop shop for residents within the region. Additionally, the purchase of an office building in Decorah has had a positive impact on cash flow for the organization. The rental income from our partners has significantly offset occupancy costs associated with the new building and will provide an annual source of unrestricted revenue funds for UERPC.
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