Planning and Facilitation

Planning and Facilitation

Anytime is a great time to start thinking about your community or organization's short and long term goals.  UERPC has the staff and resources to help your community or group bring great ideas together into a workable and successful action plan.  Planning can take many forms from large projects, such as comprehensive planning and hazard mitigation planning, to smaller facilitation and public engagement projects.  The planning process generally involves (1) data and background information collection; (2) facilitating and compiling stakeholder input and identifying their priorities through a variety of methods including meetings, surveys and focus groups; and (3) creating a final document or action plan.

Examples of plans include:

  • Long range comprehensive plans
  • Strategic plans for community or nonprofit leadership
  • Capital improvement plans
  • Riverfront, downtown or other significant district master plans
  • Community marketing plans
  • Community wellness plans
  • Safe Routes to School plans
  • Park and recreation plans
  • Hazard mitigation Plans
  • Housing needs assessments
  • Business plans


Taking the time to plan and involve community members leads to projects and activities that are supported by community members!  UERPC can also assist communities with Urban Renewal Plans, Urban Revitalization Plans and City Ordinance updates.

We would be happy to visit with you about our planning and facilitation services, please contact Karla Organist for more information.

"My reservations about my part in doing a Comprehensive Plan for Hawkeye were put to rest at our first meeting.  Seeing how the whole process is laid out made sense and opened the door to active, interesting and informative meetings.  To bond our team we created a name, Vision Hawkeye, and had T-shirts made.  After that Karla guided us through the process.  Every step showed a purpose and later meetings showed us results. The one thing I was impressed with was the need to have the community all working in the same direction for common goals. The city’s statistics and community input really helped us lay that out.  The final comprehensive plan, and it is comprehensive, is easy to understand and involves all of our local organizations to move Hawkeye in the right direction."

Respectfully,
Leon Dietzenbach, Vision Hawkeye member

Planning and Facilitation in Each County

Planning and Facilitation in Each County

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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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