Thank you for these wonderful endorsements of UERPC.......

Thank you for these wonderful endorsements of UERPC.......


"Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission has been a great partner with USDA Rural Development in helping rural businesses and communities for the past 20 years that I have been working in NE Iowa.  By working together we have been able to successfully find different programs and funding to benefit organizations that needed assistance.  


Working with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, USDA Rural Development has funded the Intermediary Relending Program that created a revolving loan fund for NE Iowa, which provides essential gap financing and credit to small businesses and entrepreneurs.  Through this partnership, both UERPC and USDA have found ways to create employment that is essential to maintain the high quality of life in the rural communities in this corner of the state."

Douglas E. Moss, Area Director
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development


"Upper Explorerland is a valuable resource and partner for our communities.  I experienced first hand their professionalism when UERPC led and facilitated the hazard mitigation planning for communities in Winneshiek County.  They brought various stakeholders to the table, listened to all input, and helped to synthesize an appropriate plan.  It was worth the time working side by side with UERPC.
 
Recently, I attended the Food & Fitness Initiative event for NE Iowa and UERPC was well represented.  Their commitment to serve our communities is demonstrated through words and actions.  Their willingness to be a partner allows us to tap their expertise.  Whenever I am invited to participate in an UERPC sponsored event, I give it serious consideration given their track record of service and partnership."

Liang Chee Wee, Ph.D., President
Northeast Iowa Community College

"The Howard County Board of Supervisors would like to show our appreciation to the Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission for all the wonderful work that this organization has done for our County. UERPC works very well in providing various services to all of Howard County and to the Cities within our county including Hazard Mitigation, Smart Planning, and other programs. Funds for Housing Rehabilitation and Single Family New Construction were also awarded thru UERPC.
                              
UERPC is also working with Howard County in helping to obtain a CDBG Grant to help us to redo a lagoon for the Howard County Residential Care Facility. UERPC has already help this Residential Care Facility to obtain a CDBG Grant in order to proceed in the expansion of the Alzheimer's Unit. This expansion will benefit all of Howard County but especially the folks that need this type of care.
                               
We as a Board Thank Upper Explorerland Regional Planning for all of their great work and look forward to working with this fine organization for years to come."
                               
Adolph Mick Gamez, Former 1st District Supervisor

Don Burnikel, 2nd District Supervisor

Jan McGovern,
3rd District Supervisor

"I value our partnership with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission.  With their assistance, ISU Extension and Outreach in Winneshiek County received a USDA Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grant for $90,000.  ISU Extension is matching the USDA funds to hire a Food Value Chain Coordinator to fill some of gaps in technical assistance and coordination needed to help farmers develop new products, identify new partners and markets, and create jobs in northeast Iowa. 

They have also helped me as the coordinator for the Northeast Iowa Food & Farm Coalition and regional educator with ISU Extension and Outreach write several proposals to help farmers develop new products, identify new partners and markets, and create jobs in northeast Iowa.  Their staff is professional and has amazing connections to partners in the tri-state area.  UERPC is an important part of our team."

Teresa Wiemerslage
ISU Extension and Outreach Regional Program and Communications Coordinator

"The Iowa Economic Development Authority works very closely with Iowa's Councils of Governments in administering many different federal grants.  It has been a pleasure working with UERPC's personnel on Community Development Block Grant projects.  The UERPC staff are very eager and conscientious of fulfilling their professional responsibilities administering federal grants."

Benton Quade, Project Manager
Iowa Economic Development Authority

"The staff support provided by UERPC for our local grant projects has assisted us in making sure that our grant reporting is done correctly and in a timely fashion.  The staff is knowledgeable and very professional in dealing with all aspects of community redevelopment projects.  We are very lucky to have the UERPC staff here in Northeast Iowa."

Robin Bostrom, Program Director
Main Street West Union

"The City of West Union has had the opportunity to work with Upper Explorerland on many projects.  The Downtown Streetscape Pilot Project required coordination from many federal, state and local agencies and Upper Explorerland was the catalyst in pulling together everyone involved.  From environmental review to grant administration, Upper Explorerland has been a significant driving force in our success with this innovative and challenging project.  Their level of expertise in a variety of areas goes unmatched.  The team at UERPC can make projects that seem "out of reach" possible."

Robert E. Vagts, City Administrator
City of West Union, Iowa

"I would like to say a special thank you to the staff at UERPC. The help they have given the city with their SRF filing, well grant application and housing rehabilitation program has been great. It has been so nice having this resource with the expertise and knowledge they have, to help with all of these processes and to help make the projects run so smoothly."

Tammy Humble, City Administrator
City of Luana, Iowa

"Thank you Shelly and everyone at Upper Explorerland for your hard work in developing the RCDI application and then facing those gruesome federal forms and submission.  Your partnership is highly valued!"

In the spirit of NE Iowa service,
M. J. Smith, Director of Affiliate Foundations
Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

"I don't know what I would do if you guys weren't in my life.  I wouldn't be able to make it.  HUD is very helpful.  I appreciate everything you guys have done for me.  Thanks a lot."

HUD Section 8 Program Recipient

"I truly would like to thank you for your presentation and delivery of the information for last night's meeting.  I truly am grateful we had the chance as a group of diverse community members to interact, discuss and then come together as a general coalition in the end.  Both of you have shown unwavering support and I have leaned on you as pillars in this vision for Calmar that we are building.   We are in your (Upper Explorerland's) debt and we hope to be dedicated partners as we go into the future.  Again, thank you!"

Corey Meyer, Mayor of Calmar

News Headlines

Pavement Data Collection Vans

Posted: Wed, July 23, 2014
Last spring, the Iowa DOT expanded its pavement data collection activities to include all paved roads in the state.  Previously, data was collected only on Federal-aid routes.  The Iowa DOT is paying for this data collection as part of its efforts to promote asset management among all jurisdictions responsible for roads.  

As a result of the increased scope of data collection, we've received calls and questions from several communities about the data collection vans.  The purpose of this note is to alert you that you may observe these vans in your community.  The vans are white with an  ARAN (Automatic Road Analyzer) logo on the side.

If you would like more information about pavement data collection, the Iowa Pavement Management Program (IPMP) web site is a good resource.  The page below, which is advertising a free workshop on pavement data collection and uses, shows a picture of what the ARAN vans look like, as well as the areas of the state where pavement data collection is currently in-progress.
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UERPC July Newsletter

Posted: Tue, July 22, 2014
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • FFI Partners Nurture Worksite Garden
  • Board Member Spotlight-Randy Uhl
  • Seeking AmeriCorps Service Members
  • IowaWorks Did you Know
  • Zero Fatalities: A Goal We Can All Live With
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Seeking AmeriCorps Service Members

Posted: Wed, June 25, 2014
The Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI) in partnership with Luther College are accepting applications for the anticipated 2014-2015 AmeriCorps positions.

The AmeriCorps service members will join a team of enthusiastic people working in over 16 schools throughout Northeast Iowa to promote healthier school environments. Members will serve one or two districts within Northeast Iowa as they integrate healthy living into school culture through modeling and education. Members will develop youth leadership programs and deepen community investment in local healthy food access and opportunities for physical activity. As part of their service members, will support school gardens, encourage Safe Routes to School and integrate Farm to School activities across their assigned district.

Luther College is the host organization for the AmeriCorp State of Iowa 4-H positions.  AmeriCorps members will live and serve within school districts across Northeast Iowa transforming school environments to be healthier for students and models for their communities. Membership is open to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents age 17 and older.

On the ground, members will assist with school gardens, conduct nutrition and health education, and coordinate and train others to be leaders in this work.  Members will deepen the understanding for students, teachers and staff about the benefits of growing and consuming healthy, green, affordable food and being physically active.

With coaching, members will become a resource for school wellness committees in one or two districts and provide active programming that infuses healthy living into school culture.

AmeriCorps members may live within one of the following communities in the six-county region: Elkader, West Union, Oelwein and/or New Hampton.  Additional work space will be provided at the Environmental Studies department at Luther College where members will be able to connect with other folks doing similar service.

Service members receive a modest living allowance, travel reimbursement and an education award which can be used for higher education tuition or loan repayment after completing a full term of service.  The term of service is September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015.

Luther College is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis; positions will be open until filled.  Please submit an electronic letter of interest and a résumé highlighting experiences and rationale to Emily Neal, Director of School Outreach at Luther College at nealem01@luther.edu or find application info online at www.iowafoodandfitness.org.
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UERPC June Newsletter

Posted: Mon, June 16, 2014
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • Upcoming City Clerk Meeting
  • Employee Spotlight-Rachelle Howe
  • Safari Programs in NE Iowa
  • Iowa State researchers return to communities to assess small town quality of life
  • IowaWorks-Did you Know
  • UERPC Section 504 Training
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