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For Immediate Release: Iowa Finance Authority Awards HOME Funds to UERPC for: Postville and West Union!

Posted: Fri, October 25, 2013

Upper Explorerland RPC is excited to announce that they are the recipients of HOME funds through Iowa Finance Authority. These funds will be used to assist 10 First Time Homebuyers with down payment and rehabilitation assistance in the Cities of Postville and West Union. The award of the HOME funds was matched with a local commitment from each of the cities.

Upper Explorerland RPC realizes first time homebuyers must make sacrifices to save enough for a down payment on a home, but for some it seems impossible to be able to find the funding to close on the desired home. With the award of the HOME funds homebuyers may receive up to $24,999 in assistance for rehabilitation and down payment assistance. The home must meet Iowa's Minimum Housing Standards upon completion. This program is an affordable way for homebuyers to realize their dream of homeownership. Assistance is in the form of a 10 year receding forgivable loan.

Applicant must be able to obtain financing in the form of a 15 year fully amortized, fixed-rate mortgage. No adjustable rate or balloon payments will be allowed. Homebuyer education classes are required please call 563-864-7551, ext. 111 to sign up.

Applications will be accepted beginning October 30, 2013.

If you are interested and meet the qualifications outlined above we would like to hear from you. Applications can be picked up at the City Halls in each of the above communities or by calling Upper Explorerland RPC, at 563-864-7551 ext. 111 or 101. TTY users call 1-800-735-2942. Relay call 7-1-1.

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Iowa DOT kicks off new statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Long-Range Plan

Posted: Fri, October 25, 2013

AMES, Iowa -Oct. 24, 2013 - The Iowa Department of Transportation is seeking public input into the development of a new statewide plan for bicycle and pedestrian transportation at six public input meetings and online. The Iowa DOT is committed to expanding opportunities and further improving conditions for bicycling and walking across the state. The new Bicycle and Pedestrian Long-Range Plan is a major step forward for this effort.


This plan will build upon the Iowa DOT's long-range strategy for multimodal transportation over the next three decades, Iowa in Motion -Planning Ahead 2040.The Bicycle and Pedestrian Long-Range Plan has three key objectives:


  • Align with national best practices, including the federal transportation funding bill called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) and national guidelines for trail development.


  • Develop a list of priorities to expand the trails system between and within cities.


  • Help state and local agencies to put the plan in place by providing tools for funding and design.


Upon its completion, this plan will serve as the primary guide for statewide decision-making regarding bicycle and pedestrian programs and facilities,including sidewalks, trails, bike lanes, paved shoulders, and other trail elements. It will also help achieve a better level of statewide coordination and continuity for all levels of bicycle and pedestrian mobility through regional, county, and city plans and programs.

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Staying Safe this Halloween

Posted: Fri, October 25, 2013
Halloween is one of the most dangerous days for pedestrians. Check out these Trick or Treating safety tips from the Cleveland Clinic, and have a spooktacular (and safe!) night!
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UERPC October Newsletter

Posted: Mon, October 21, 2013
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • White House Rural Council Hosts Forum on Regional Innovation
  • Employee Spotlight-Sarah Snitker
  • Audit Complete
  • Municipal Leadership Academy 2013-2014
  • Walk Your Heart Out
  • Safe Routes to School 2012-2013 Annual Report Now Available
  • IowaWorks-Did You Know?
  • Needs Assessment
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Youth Advisory Council Agenda 10/22/13

Posted: Tue, October 15, 2013
Please see below notice for more information.
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Region I RWIB/CEO Board Meeting Agenda 10/22/13

Posted: Tue, October 15, 2013
Please see below notice for more information.
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Municipal Leadership Academy 2013-2014

Posted: Mon, October 7, 2013
Both newly elected and experienced mayors, council members, city clerks and city administrators will benefit from attending the Municipal Leadership Academy.  The Municipal Leadership Academy provides municipal officials with a curriculum to assist them in effectively meeting the requirements of their office. The program offers a comprehensive overview of Iowa municipal government and is presented by the Iowa League of Cities, Institute of Public Affairs and Iowa State University Extension.

Topics covered during the series include:
  •     city finance and budgeting
  •     meeting procedures
  •     municipal law
  •     economic development
  •     ethics and fraud prevention
  •     nuisance abatement
  •     employment and personnel issues
  •     land use and zoning

Attending the Municipal Leadership Academy is one of the first steps a new city official should take toward success in public office. From open meetings to city finances, these sessions are designed to quickly bring new officials up to speed on municipal issues. Current elected or appointed city officials will also find incredible value in the up-to-date information on municipal operations and networking opportunities the sessions offer.

For more information or to sign up online, click here: https://www.iowaleague.org/MLA2013/Pages/MLA2013.aspx
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Be a "Walk Star" October 9th by Joining International Walk to School Day

Posted: Wed, October 2, 2013
Be a "walk star" by participating in International Walk to School Day Wednesday, Oct. 9. This fun, healthy, no-cost event encourages everyone - students, parents, teachers, community members, and organizations - to get out on sidewalks and trails. Participating with school children emphasizes the importance of increasing physical activity, teaching pedestrian safety, showing concern for the environment, reducing traffic congestion; and building connections between families, schools, and communities.
 
This year's International Walk to School Dayis expected to draw participation from more than 4,000 schools from all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.Walkers will unite with children and adults in 40 countries around the world.
 
This event is an opportunity for families with children who typically ride a school bus, but live in areas with bike-friendly paths to school, to try walking and bicycling to school. If students still need to ride a bus, many schools participate by arranging for school buses to drop off students at a nearby park or other safe location to finish the trip on foot. The drop-off option can also be used for students who are usually driven to school in private automobiles.
 
To get involved, register for the event at www.walkbiketoschool.org. The site includes a variety of useful information for parents and participating schools. Data collected from registrations will be used to make future programs stronger.
 
International Walk to School Day also encourages parents and community members to help schools conduct a walkability assessment of their neighborhoods. The Iowa Department of Public Health, through its Iowans Fit for Life Program, has developed a walkability checklist to help walkers assess what makes the walking environment inviting and safe, as well as identify existing barriers. After the assessment, school staff can help students become advocates for a more walkable community. The walkability assessment is available at www.idph.state.ia.us/iowansfitforlife/common/pdf/access_your_community.pdf
 
To encourage participation in Walk to School Day, the Iowa Department of Transportation has free materials available, including "I'm a walk star" stickers, erasers, and zipper pulls; and "Walk to School" pencils and sneaker stickers. To order any of these items, contact the Iowa Bicycle Coalition at alana@iowabicyclecoalition.org.
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White House Rural Council Hosts Forum on Regional Innovation

Posted: Tue, September 24, 2013
Rachelle Howe, Executive Director of Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission and Teresa Wiemerslage, ISU Extension and Outreach Region 4 Program Coordinator, recently attended Washington, D.C. to attend The White House Rural Council on Thursday, September 18th.  They met with officials from economic development districts, county governments and non-profit organizations to discuss ways to replicate successful regional economic development strategies.

The pair attended the meeting representing the Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative.  Invited organizations were nominated by each state's USDA Rural Development Director and were selected because of their innovative approaches and partnerships to support economic development in rural areas.
 
"Innovative regional development can work especially well in rural areas because it helps communities share resources across boundaries such as county and state lines," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. "By focusing on one or a few common sectors, regional development can produce greater economic returns."

The forum at the White House Eisenhower Executive Office Building is the second on regional economic development. The first was held in June 2012. Vilsack, who chairs the White House Rural Council, delivered the keynote address at this forum.

The White House Rural Council coordinates the Obama Administration's efforts in rural America by improving the effectiveness of federal programs. It works with public and private-sector partners on new ways to solve problems.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) commitment to regional economic development spans several department wide initiatives. The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative coordinates the Department's work on local and regional food systems to grow regional economies, preserve regional agricultural heritage and create additional opportunities for regional farmers and ranchers. USDA's Strike Force Initiative for Rural Growth and Opportunity aligns USDA resources to promote economic stability, job opportunities and regional growth in targeted high poverty areas. It leverages efforts with the private sector and community partners.

For more information on these initiatives and to read success stories, visit www.usda.gov.
During the forum, Vilsack announced the selection of 186 projects for USDA Rural Development loans and grants to support economic development in rural communities. The funding is being provided through the Community Facilities program, the Intermediary Relending Program, the Rural Business Opportunity Grant Program and the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program.

Funding for each award is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement. In total, Vilsack announced more than $27 million in support for regional and economic development projects in 32 states and the District of Columbia. USDA remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. This announcement is one part of the Department's overall efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

President Obama's plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President's leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way - strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA's investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Secretary Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
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Fall Harvest Season Brings Increased Farm Equipment Movement

Posted: Mon, September 23, 2013
Iowa's wet spring and very dry summer have made for an interesting growing season. With harvest around the corner, motorists will soon be sharing the road with farm vehicles. The Iowa Department of Transportation is urging motorists and farm vehicle operators to exercise caution during the movement of slow-moving equipment on Iowa's roadways.
 
Already in 2013, there have been 79 crashes with farm equipment causing five deaths. Data for 2012 shows a total of 176 crashes involved farm equipment. Those crashes resulted in 12 fatalities, 11 major injuries, 37 minor injuries, and 36 other possible injuries.
 
"For too long we have all accepted that highway fatalities are inevitable," said Jeremey Vortherms, Iowa DOT state safety engineer. "But if you think about a realistic traffic fatality goal for your family, wouldn't that goal be zero? If we all work together to buckle up, eliminate distractions and drive alert, we can drastically reduce the number of fatalities on the road and work to achieve a goal of zero fatalities."
 
Tips for motorists
•    Give your full attention to the driving task and watch for slow-moving vehicles. Do not text and drive.
•    Put additional space between your vehicle and those ahead. At this time of the year, the sun can be blinding to drivers during sunrise and sunset. The added space helps you safely maneuver if there is a sudden stop, turn, or a slow-moving vehicle ahead.
•    Be patient and do not assume the equipment operator can move aside to let you pass. The shoulder may not be able to support a heavy farm vehicle.
•    Slow down as soon as you see the triangular-shaped, red and fluorescent orange slow-moving vehicle emblem.

Tips for farm vehicle operators
•    Make your intentions known when you are turning by using signal lights or the appropriate hand signal in advance of the turn.
•    Drive slow-moving vehicles in the right-hand lane as close to the edge of the roadway as safely possible. Traveling partially on the shoulder may cause motorists to risk passing in a dangerous situation.
•    Avoid encouraging or signaling motorists to pass. Pull over where it is safe, and let the traffic go by.
•    Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. Remember, the train extends 3 feet beyond the tracks on both sides.
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UERPC September Newsletter

Posted: Mon, September 16, 2013
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • $1.65 Million TIGER Grant awarded to Winneshiek County
  • Employee Spotlight-Casey Mai
  • Disaster Funding Available
  • Upcoming Board Training
  • UERPC Represented at Safe Routes to School National Conference
  • Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund Update
  • Dream Big Grow Here
  • Rural Issues Roundtable
  • Upcoming Historical Workshop
  • IowaWORKS-Did you Know?
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Region I RWIB/CEO Executive Board Meeting Agenda 9/16/13

Posted: Tue, September 10, 2013
Please see below notice for more information.
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SHPO Workshops Available in October

Posted: Tue, September 10, 2013
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will be presenting two day-long workshops in October.  One on How to Apply for the State Tax Credit program on October 17 and How to Complete a National Register of Historic Places Nomination on October 18, 2013.  The workshops will be held in the Heritage Classrooms, first floor, in the Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa.  Click below for workshop information and registration forms.  These will be the last workshops until spring of 2014.
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$1.65 million TIGER Grant awarded in Winneshiek County

Posted: Thu, September 5, 2013
TIGER funds will be used to reconstruct 2.5 miles of deteriorated, suburban two-lane road in the town of Decorah, Iowa, and the unincorporated area of Freeport, Iowa. This regional project replaces an aged, limited-use road with a multi-modal system of roads, bridges, and trails. It will provide alternative transportation options for small town and rural community members, students, and commuters. This project demonstrates strong collaboration among a broad range of participants from the public and private sectors.

Project Highlights:
  • Creates a structurally sound roadway that will reduce traffic congestion and extend the life of local transit buses.
  • Provides access for pedestrians and bicyclists along routes where no lanes for walking or biking currently exist.
  • Creates construction-related jobs and provides access to long-term employment opportunities.
This project will repair a main road in a rural area while creating a modern, multi-modal roadway that supports healthy living, downtown vibrancy, economic development and connectivity. The project provides a ladder of opportunity by directly serving low-income community members, including low income populations that live in multi-unit apartments, mobile home parks, single-family homes, and senior housing. By providing more transportation choices, this project more fully connects people to work, school, and commercial areas.

Additional News:

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $474 Million for 52 TIGER 2013 Projects in 37 States
Projects Support President Obama's Calls to Create Ladders of Opportunity, 'Fix it First' and Contribute to Economic Growth

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that 52 transportation projects in 37 states will receive a total of approximately $474 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2013 discretionary grant program. Among these, 25 projects funded at $123.4 million will be designated for projects in rural areas of the country.

"These transformational TIGER projects are the best argument for investment in our transportation infrastructure," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.   "Together, they support President Obama's call to ensure a stronger transportation system for future generations by repairing existing infrastructure, connecting people to new jobs and opportunities, and contributing to our nation's economic growth."

The highly competitive TIGER program offers one of the only federal funding possibilities for large, multi-modal projects that often are not suitable for other federal funding sources.  These federal funds leverage money from private sector partners, states, local governments, metropolitan planning organizations and transit agencies. The 2013 TIGER round alone supports $1.8 billion in overall project investments.

TIGER has enjoyed overwhelming demand since its creation, a trend continued by TIGER 2013.  Applications for this most recent round of grants totaled more than $9 billion, far exceeding the $474 million set aside for the program.  In all, the Department received 585 applications from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.

The projects funded through this round of TIGER illustrate the President's goals of creating "Ladders of Opportunity," the need for a "Fix it First" approach to infrastructure, and contributing to America's economic growth.  The following are examples of how TIGER supports these goals:

Ladders of Opportunity:  A good example of a project connecting people to jobs and economic opportunities is the Atlanta Beltline Corridor, a 33-mile system of trails, transit and parks circling downtown Atlanta and connecting more than 45 communities throughout the city and region.  A total of $18 million in TIGER funds will be used to build two miles of the trail.  This project will provide connections for residents in primarily low-income and minority communities to bus routes, rail stations, schools, parks, and other recreational activities.

Fix it First:  The $10 million investment to reconstruct the Tacoma, Wash., rail trestle is a good example of a project that will repair existing infrastructure. Replacing the 100-year old single-track wooden trestle and bridge with a modern twin-track structure will double capacity and improve reliability and travel time for Sounder and Amtrak Cascades passenger rail service.  This "fix it first" project also adds freight capacity on the Tacoma Rail line, contributing to economic growth and supporting Pierce County, the City of Tacoma and the Port of Tacoma.

Economic Growth:  An example of a project that will help jumpstart local and national economic growth is the $10 million investment in the Houston, Texas, Bayport Wharf extension project.  The investment will allow the terminal to double its cargo capacity by 2033, supporting international trade with more than 1,000 ports in 203 countries.  The project will increase the port's ability to take advantage of the ships expected after the Panama Canal expansion and supporting President Obama's goal of doubling exports.   The project also will increase the productivity of the terminal by reducing truck waiting and idling times.

On March 26, 2013, the President signed the FY 2013 Appropriations Act, which after sequestration provided approximately $474 million for Department of Transportation national infrastructure investments.  Like the first four rounds, TIGER 2013 grants are for capital investments in infrastructure and are awarded on a competitive basis based on the published selection criteria.  This is the fifth round of TIGER funding.

Under all five rounds combined, the TIGER program has provided more than $3.6 billion to 270 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  Demand for the program outweighed available funds, and during all five rounds, the Department of Transportation received more than 5,200 applications requesting more than $114.2 billion for transportation projects across the country.

Click here for additional information on individual TIGER grants:  www.dot.gov/tiger/.
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Detour Route on Iowa 3

Posted: Mon, September 2, 2013
The detour route for a concrete pavement overlay project on Iowa 3 between Readlyn and Oelwein will change beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation's New Hampton construction office.

Eastbound Iowa 3 traffic wanting to remain on Iowa 3 through Oelwein is detoured north on Bremer County Road V-56, east on Bremer/Fayette County Road C-33, and then south on Iowa 150 to Iowa 3.
Westbound Iowa 3 traffic wanting to remain on Iowa 3 is detoured north on Iowa 3 in Oelwein, west on Bremer/Fayette County Road C-33, then south on Bremer County Road V-56 to Iowa 3.
Oversize loads will be prohibited on the detour route. This project is expected to be completed by Nov. 1.
 
The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles and wear seat belts.
 
For traveler information anytime, visit www.511ia.org; call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide); stay connected with 511 on Facebook or Twitter (find links at www.iowadot.com/511/socialmedia.html); or download the free app to your mobile device.
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Rural Issues Roundtable

Posted: Mon, August 26, 2013
Local residents, business owners and community leaders will have the opportunity to share their thoughts about opportunities and challenges in rural Iowa when Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, visits Postville on Thursday, September 12th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Upper Explorerland Conference Room at 134 W Greene Street.  If you would like to speak with Bill Menner before the event please contact Darin Leach at (515) 284-4747.

USDA Rural Development's funding continues to have a dramatic impact on rural communities across Iowa.  Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested more than $2.5 billion on essential public facilities, small and emerging businesses, water and sewer systems, and housing opportunities for Iowa families. Today, more than 1.7 million Iowans live in rural communities and areas, and nearly half of the state's communities have fewer than 500 residents.
 
This past year USDA Rural Development's investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,600 jobs, aided 2,400 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 60 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
 
For more information about finance programs available through USDA Rural Development, please call the office located in Waverly at (319) 352-1715 Ext. 4. This office serves communities, businesses and residents in Allamakee, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties. Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting the agency's web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
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UERPC August Newsletter

Posted: Mon, August 19, 2013
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • Fayette Housing Trust Fund Update
  • Employee Spotlight-Heather Delaney
  • Back to School
  • IowaWorks-Did you Know?
  • Project Update
  • Do You Have a REAL ID?
  • A New "Spin" on Smoothies
  • Welcome Mary!
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Region RWIB/CEO Board Meeting Agenda 8-20-13

Posted: Fri, August 16, 2013

Please see below notice for more information.

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Tall Corn Stalks Obstruct Views on Roadways

Posted: Thu, August 8, 2013
As Iowa's corn crop grows taller, motorists are urged to use extra caution at roadway intersections and railroad crossings where the driver's view may be obstructed.
 
Iowa Department of Transportation statistics show there were 33 crashes during 2012 at rural intersections due to obstructed views by trees or crops. These crashes killed one person and caused at least 40 injuries, 14 of those were considered major.
 
Jeremey Vortherms, the Iowa DOT's state safety engineer, said, "If you've lived in Iowa through a growing season, you know that crops can obstruct views of highway and railroad intersections in rural areas. Still, it seems people underestimate the danger these intersections can hold. Entering an uncontrolled intersection or railroad crossing requires an added measure of caution. Be alert and take the extra time to look for other vehicles."
 
Vortherms said motorists should treat uncontrolled intersections as if they had stop or yield signs posted, and not enter the intersection or cross the railroad tracks until they are absolutely certain no vehicles are coming from the side roads or trains are present, and then proceed with caution.
 
The danger is not only from oncoming traffic on gravel roads. Trains can be very difficult to spot when tall corn stalks limit the view at a rural crossing. Tammy Nicholson, director of the Iowa DOT's Office of Rail Transportation, says, "Although trains are considerably taller than most crops, it still becomes difficult to see them approaching at an uncontrolled intersection where the view is obstructed by vegetation or other visibility hazards." Nicholson reminds motorists to "Look, Listen and Live" when crossing railroad tracks.
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Northeast Iowa Mobility Solutions Team Conducting New Survey

Posted: Tue, July 30, 2013
The Northeast Iowa Mobility Solutions Team is a team of local economic development, transportation and employment specialists selected to participate in the national Job Access Mobility Institute through the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA).  The goal of the institute and our Northeast Iowa Team is to ensure that transportation is always the link and never the barrier to employment.  The Team has been meeting for some time and has developed some new regional transportation ideas and is now in the concept evaluation stage of their project.

The Team is currently conducting a survey to collect input on the concepts they have developed to help determine the feasibility of the ideas that have been proposed to improve commuter transportation in the region.  The video survey can be accessed at:  www.EARLtransit.com  and is completely anonymous.  The team is seeking input from employees, employers and job seekers who live or work in any of these five Iowa counties:  Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek.  The survey will be open through Aug 15, 2013.  For additional information regarding the survey or the Job Access Mobility Institute project in Northeast Iowa, please contact Karn Pankow, Operations/Mobility Manager at Northeast Iowa Community Action:  1-866-382-4259/karn@neicac.org or Karla Organist, Transportation Planner at Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission:  korganist@uerpc.org.
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Iowa DOT Adding Mobile Option to Interactive Bike Map

Posted: Thu, July 18, 2013
Have you ever had to change plans in the middle of a trip? The Iowa Department of Transportation is making that quick shift in plans a little easier for bicyclists by activating a mobile version of its popular interactive bike map.

Explore this interactive map to plan or alter your trip. Find bicycle trail routes and features including trailheads, parking, restrooms, and bicycle shops.

•    Plan your bike trip ahead of time or on the fly: Simply enter the starting address and destination address and a suggested route will be generated.
•    Discover Iowa's bicycle facilities: This interactive map shows bike lanes, paved trails, unpaved trails, roads with paved shoulders, sidepaths and bicycle-friendly roads.
•    Locate bicycle amenities: The map includes features such as trailheads, restrooms, and water fountains along trails of 5 miles or longer.
•    Need repairs: Bicycle shops are also shown.

Both the regular and mobile versions of the interactive bike map website can be found at http://www.iowadot.gov/interactiveiowabikemap.htm. On either version of this site, you can also request a free paper copy of the Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists at this website. The map is also available as part of the myIowaDOT app. Find it on Apple devices through the iTunes Store or on Android devices through Google Play by searching for myIowaDOT.

Bicycles and motor vehicles share the same roadways and must follow the same rules of the road. Safely sharing the road is the responsibility of both the bicyclist and the motorist.
Safety tips for bicyclists:
•           Always wear a helmet
•           Know and obey traffic laws
•           Ride on the right, with traffic
•           Use hand and arm signals
•           Use lights at night
•           Ride only where permitted
•           Pass on the left
 
 Safety tips for motorists:
•           Do not honk at bicyclists
•           Use extra caution when passing bicycles
•           Be aware that cyclists might swerve to avoid road hazards
•           Be careful when opening your vehicle door
•           When in doubt, yield to bicyclists

For more information contact Milly Ortiz at 515-233-7733 or at milly.ortiz@dot.iowa.gov.
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Region RWIB/CEO Board Meeting Agenda

Posted: Tue, July 16, 2013

Please see below notice for more information.

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UERPC July Newsletter

Posted: Mon, July 15, 2013
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • Too Much Water!
  • Employee Spotlight-Sue Severson
  • Upcoming CDBG Opportunities
  • Northeast Iowa Mobility Solutions Team Conducting New Survey
  • Howe Represents Northeast Iowa on State-Wide Board
  • Local Food Box Program
  • H2O Program
  • IowaWorks-Did You Know
  • Community Efficient and Renewable Energy Workshop
  • Opportunity Housing Service Shuttle
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CEO Board Meeting Agenda Notice 7/17/2013

Posted: Thu, July 11, 2013

Please see below notice for more information.

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Update-Iowa 3 Between Readlyn and Oelwein to Close July 15 for Concrete Pavement Work

Posted: Tue, July 2, 2013
Concrete pavement overlay work will require closing a section of Iowa 3 from the intersection with Bremer County Road V-56 (6 miles east of Readlyn) to the intersection with Iowa 150 (near Oelwein in Fayette County) beginning Monday morning, July 15, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation's District 2 Office.

Eastbound Iowa 3 traffic wanting to travel north on Iowa 150 is detoured from Iowa 3 north on Bremer/Fayette County Road V-62, and then east on Fayette County Road C-33 to Iowa 150.

Eastbound Iowa 3 traffic wanting to remain on Iowa 3 through Oelwein is detoured south on Bremer/Fayette County Road V-62, east on Iowa 281, and then north on Iowa 150 to Iowa 3.

Westbound Iowa 3 traffic will be detoured using Iowa 150 south, to Iowa 281, east on Iowa 281 to Bremer/Fayette County Road V-62, and then north on Bremer/Fayette County Road V-62 to Iowa 3.

Oversize loads will be prohibited on the detour route. This project is expected to be completed by Nov. 1.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles and wear seat belts.

For traveler information anytime, visit www.511ia.org; call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide); stay connected with 511 on Facebook or Twitter (find links at www.iowadot.com/511/socialmedia.html); or download the free app to your mobile device.
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The August 2022 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Wed, August 17, 2022

The UERPC August 2022 Newsletter is here! 

Highlights include:

  • YOU'RE INVITED! UERPC's 50th Anniversary Celebration on October 18th!
  • Mark Your Calendars for the Get Charged Up! EV Event! on October 13th!
  • Gov. Reynolds Issues Disaster Proclamation for Five Counties
  • Homes for Iowa Home Arrives in Fayette
  • NEIRHTF Accepting Applications
  • Homebuyer Educational Courses Offered
  • Back-to-School Transportation Safety:  It's the responsibility of each of us
  • UERPC Notices
  • Waukon and Lansing Residents and Business Owners:  Northeast Iowa Needs Your Help!
  • 5-yr CEDS Report Adopted
  • Funding Available for Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority Section 8 Program
  • Job-related Resources
  • The Walking and Biking School Bus Fall Season is Almost Here!
  • Keep Iowa Beautiful Photo Contest is Now Open
  • UERPC Employee Spotlight Board Brings Smiles and Spreads Kindness!
  • August 5-2-1-0 Feature

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Public meeting to discuss Iowa Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) to be held by conference call Aug. 16

Posted: Fri, August 5, 2022

AMES, Iowa – Aug. 5, 2022 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a virtual meeting to accept public comments about the draft Iowa Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

A brief overview of the STIP and its development process will be provided beginning at 2 p.m. and will be followed by time for comments and questions on the STIP. Should discussion be ongoing at 2:30 p.m., additional time will be made available to accommodate all comments on the document.  

The draft STIP identifies all projects proposed to be authorized for funding provided by the Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration during federal fiscal years 2023-2026. It includes projects for state, county, city, and federal transportation systems. Development of the STIP is required by federal law. The draft STIP can be viewed on the Iowa DOT's website at:

https://iowadot.gov/program_management/stip/2023-2026-STIP-Draft.pdf

Comments on the draft STIP can be provided at the meeting or by contacting Shelby Ebel at 515-239-1351 or Shelby.Ebel@iowadot.us. Comments on the draft STIP will be accepted through September 6, 2022. You can also contact Shelby Ebel if you would like a printed copy of the draft STIP.

Live audio will be made available via telephone. Dial 515-817-6093 and use conference ID 471 749 232# to join the public meeting.

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NEIRHTF ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Posted: Thu, July 28, 2022

NEIRHTF ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

 

The Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) is accepting applications for first time homebuyer down payment assistance and housing rehabilitationimprovement projects. Applicants must be low-moderate-income first-time homebuyers, homeowners, landlord/for-profit organizations, or non-profit organizations to promote and create affordable housing activities.  All applicants must be in one of the following counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek. Eligible projects include rehabilitation and repair of existing housing, including, but not limited to: roofs, windows, siding, plumbing, electrical, energy efficiency, lead paint issues, and handicap accessibility.

 

For more information on the NEIRHTF or to see if there is funding in your area, please contact Lori Quam with Upper Explorerland RPC, at 563-864-7551 or by email at lquam@uerpc.org.  You can also obtain an application online at http://uerpc.org/housing-trust-fund.html

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The UERPC July 2022 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, July 18, 2022

The UERPC July 2022 Newsletter is here! https://uerpc.org/newsletters.html

Highlights include:

  • UERPC Awarded Three Year Investment from EDA, Draft of 5-year CEDS Plan Available for Public Comment
  • Postville 5-2-1-0 Year One Wraps Up, Year Two Starting
  • UERPC Staff Scavenger Hunt
  • UERPC Notices
  • UERPC July Work Anniversaries
  • Job-related Resources
  • July 5-2-1-0 Feature

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