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:
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."
Leon Dietzenbach, Vision Hawkeye member
Some of the headlines you can read about this month:
Housing Program Meeting Being Held
Tuesday, May 19th at 11:00 a.m.
Oelwein Chamber and Area Development
25 West Charles, Oelwein, IA
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is hosting a meeting regarding housing programs that are available in Northeast Iowa. Guest speakers include Jeremy Babcock and Steve Benne with Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), Jerry Floyd and Rita Eble from the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) and Kathy Pfiffner from USDA.
Hot Topics include:
This meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Oelwein Chamber and Area Development office at 25 West Charles Street, in Oelwein. If you are interested in attending this meeting or would like more information please contact Mary Huinker at 563-864-7551 ext. 111 or by emailing Lori Brockway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clayton County Development Group in Elkader the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in Cedar Rapids and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission in Decorah are holding an informational session on various sources of financing for start-up & existing businesses. SBA, a federal government agency devoted to assisting small & medium-sized businesses, will have a representative discussing business loan options, and Clayton County Development Group and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission will have a representative discussing RLF funds available for businesses. The 1-1/2 hour session, including questions & answers, will take place on Tuesday, May 12th starting @ 5:30 PM at Clayton County Office Building at 600 Gunder Rd. in Elkader, Iowa. Register today to attend contact Darla Kelchen at 563-245-2201.
WHAT: Free informational session on sources of money for businesses
WHO: New/start-up and existing business owners/managers
WHEN: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 starting @ 5:30PM & wrapping up by 7PM
WHERE: Clayton County Office Building 600 Gunder Rd. Elkader
Join Clayton County Development, Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission and SBA to learn more about the options available for financing your business. Also, discussed briefly will be government contracting opportunities and free counseling along with low cost training resources available for businesses. Get your questions answered. Register by contacting Darla at the CCDG office at 563-245-2201.
UERPC is seeking car bids for a 2007 Malibu, LS V6 package, 141,993 highway miles, grey, four-door, cloth interior, very clean. Minimum bid is $2,400.
Please submit sealed bids to Executive Director, Rachelle Howe, UERPC, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA 52101. Bids will be opened at 12:00 Noon on May 7th. You do not need to be present at opening of bids.