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UERPC October Newsletter

Posted: Mon, October 20, 2014

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Skilled Iowa Initiative Update
  • Employee Spotlight - Ashley Goltz
  • Decorah Named 2014 All-Star Community
  • IowaWorks Did You Know....
  • Christensen represents UERPC in Pittsburgh
  • Iowa Food Hub Benefits from USDA Grant for Local Foods Promotion
  • All Board!
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UERPC September Newsletter

Posted: Mon, September 15, 2014

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • NE IA Rural Development Awards
  • Employee Spotlight-Jenna Siebrecht
  • NE IA City Clerk Association Meeting
  • Revolving Loan Funds Available to Businesses
  • Have You Seen EARL?
  • IowaWorks Did You Know....
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UERPC August Newsletter

Posted: Mon, August 18, 2014

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Updated LMI Figures
  • Employee Spotlight-Steven Benne
  • IowaWorks-Did You Know?
  • ALICE Training
  • Finance 101 Training
  • YCC Training Held in Washington D.C.
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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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UERPC April Newsletter

Posted: Mon, April 21, 2014
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • IARC Hosts Legislative Breakfast
  • Employee Spotlight-Kris Timp
  • IowaWorks Did you Know?
  • $1,066 Million in Funding for Housing Opportunities
  • Wellness Update
  • Upper Explorerland's Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program Publishes a Model for Rural SRTS
  • NE IA Charitable Foundation Awards FCLHTF
  • NICC Leading Implementation of $2.7M U.S. Department of Labor Grant to Upper Explorerland
  • Watch Elkader Live!
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Use Social Media to Report Potholes to Iowa DOT

Posted: Fri, April 11, 2014
While warmer temperatures are always welcome after a particularly cold winter, the recent fluctuating temperatures, ample moisture, and aging pavements are keeping the Iowa Department of Transportation, as well as county and city road crews, busy fixing potholes and addressing other structural damage to our streets, roads, and bridges.

Iowa DOT crews travel our state's highways regularly, but we can't be everywhere all the time. That's where you come in. If you see a pothole on an interstate or state highway, let us know on Facebook www.facebook.com/iowadot or Twitter www.twitter.com/iowadot using the hashtag #IAFillUsIn. Be sure to provide specific location information so we can find the pothole in question. For potholes on streets or county roadways, contact the local city administrator /engineer or county engineer.
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NICC Leading Implementation of $2.7M US Department of Labor Grant to UERPC

Posted: Wed, April 9, 2014

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) will be leading the implementation of a $2.7 million U.S. Department of Labor competitive grant awarded to Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC),  the grant's fiscal agent and lead workforce partner. The U.S. Department of Labor grant was one of 24 awarded nationwide and the only one in Iowa.

The three-year grant supports a new Youth CareerConnect program through the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. NICC and UERPC will partner with 23 participating high schools in the Northeast Iowa Pathways to Employment project (IA-PIPE). IA-PIPE will expand the college's efforts to develop new and expand existing concurrent enrollments at regional high schools in high demand industries.

The grant and IA-PIPE will focus its high school student concurrent enrollment plan on high-demand federal H-1B designated career pathways, including finance and insurance, healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

"This grant enables NICC and our partners to greatly expand educational programs and career planning services for high school students in northeast Iowa," according to Dr. Liang Chee Wee, NICC president. "Especially rewarding about this successful grant is the coalition of partners who share a common vision of student engagement and achievement."

In addition to the schools and UERPC, NICC is partnering with East Central Intergovernmental Association, Dubuque Area Labor-Management Council, Keystone Area Education Agency, and a growing list of employers including Berry Plastics, Caterpillar, US Bank, Dubuque Data Services, Eastern Iowa Machine Company, Henderson Products, IBM, Mercy Medical Center, and Norplex-Micarta.

In the Youth CareerConnect program, participating high school juniors will select a two-year pathway, take concurrent college credit courses through NICC and participate in an array of career awareness and work-based learning opportunities, all while on course to receive their high school diplomas. Throughout the program, participants will receive career counseling and have access to wrap-around services based on their individual needs. The education and experiential opportunities that IA-PIPE offers will enable participants to graduate from high school and enter the workforce with industry credentials or begin their college education having already earned college credits. 

For more information, contact: Rachelle Howe, UERPC director, at (563) 382-6171 or rhowe@uerpc.org; or Wendy Mihm-Herold, Ph.D., NICC vice president of Business and Community Solutions, at (800) 728-2256, ext. 221 or mihm-heroldw@nicc.edu.
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UERPC March Newsletter

Posted: Mon, March 17, 2014
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • Upcoming Rules for Federal Contractors
  • Employee Spotlight-Fern Rissman
  • Gender Balance on Boards and Commissions in Iowa
  • IowaWorks Did you Know
  • Great Give Day
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Great Give Day

Posted: Wed, March 5, 2014
The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and affiliate foundations in Allamakee and Clayton counties are excited to announce Great Give Day, a 24-hour, online giving event designed to recognize and support the positive work of local nonprofits in Northeast Iowa!

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, every gift made at GreatGiveDay.org between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. will go directly to nonprofits and will be amplified by local and national match dollars. The goal is to help nonprofits attract new donors and build online fundraising capabilities to support long-term success.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Organizations: Nonprofit organizations throughout Northeast Iowa that hold endowment funds at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (CFGD) are eligible to participate in Great Give Day.

Donors: Every community member is a potential donor for Great Give Day. Individuals can make online donations to any participating nonprofit with a minimum donation of $10.

Visit the website to register your organization and complete your profile no later than April 4, 2014. And then complete, sign and return the Great Give Day Nonprofit Partner Participation Agreement found at greatgiveday.org. Engage your donors through advertising, social media and marketing.

Visit greatgiveday.org for more information.
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UERPC February Newsletter

Posted: Mon, February 17, 2014
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • New SRF Requirement
  • Employee Spotlight-Becky Zieman
  • Need A Plan?
  • IowaWorks Did you Know?
  • 2014 Introduction to Planning and Zoning Workshops
  • Upcoming Training
  • UERPC Wellness Initiative
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President's Day Closure

Posted: Thu, February 13, 2014
All UERPC offices will be closed on Monday, February 17th in celebration of President's Day. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!
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UERPC January Newsletter

Posted: Mon, January 20, 2014
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • Upcoming Training
  • Employee Spotlight-Chelsea Welsh
  • FEMA Changes
  • IowaWorks Did You Know....
  • Local Projects Awarded Statewide TAP Funds
  • 2014 Bike Rack Challenge
  • Long Range Transportation Plan Available for Public Review and Comment
  • New Additions!
  • Transportation Alternatives Project (TAP) Applications due 2/28/14
  • UERPC Housing, Inc. audit complete
  • UERPC Hosts a Discussion with Legislators
  • Surface Transportation Project (STP) Applications due 2/28/14
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Youth Advisory Council Agenda

Posted: Mon, January 13, 2014
AGENDA
Youth Advisory Council (YAC)
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Conference Call

Call Information:
Dial:  1-866-685-1580
Code:  0009990556#

1)    Call to Order

2)    Roll Call

3)    Approval of October 22,2013 minutes (attached) -Danielle

4)    WIA Report
a.    PY 12 Performance (attached) -Fern/Ron
b.    Iowa Works Reports (attached) Fern/Ron
5)    Grant proposal  - Youth Career Connect Grant  (Summary)- Sue Stork

6)    Next Meeting Proposed Date -   Next Meeting - April 15, 2014
a.    2014 Meeting Schedule -
July 15, 2014
October 21, 2014
7)    Adjournment

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Region I RWIB/CEO Board Meeting

Posted: Mon, January 13, 2014
REGION I RWIB/CEO BOARD MEETING

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

 "Workforce Partners - Helping Iowa Work"
 
MEETING AGENDA (video conference & conference call)

In Person Video Conference Call - You may attend at either site
- Dubuque Site: Town Clock Center-Dubuque: Board Room#104
- Waukon Site: Waukon: ICN room #112

OR

Call in Information:
- All Participants dial: 1-866-685-1580
- Conference code: 0009991840#

CALL TO ORDER
1.    Welcome - Sally Falb, Chair
2.    Roll Call/ Call for Quorum - Sharon Nesteby
3.    Oath of Office of Ann Hart - Ron Koppes/Sally Falb
(Notary Present - Sue Severson in Waukon)

BOARD DISCUSSION AND ACTION
4.    Consider Approval of Agenda - Sally
5.    Approval of RWIB/CEO minutes of Oct. 22, 2013 -     Sally
6.    Approval of CSP Modification- Fern/Ron
7.    Approval of Certified Training Provider - Fern     
a.    NICC - Class C Commercial Driver's License CDL
PRESENTATION
8.    Youth Career Connect Grant - Sue Stork, NICC
a.    Letter of Support - RWIB Chair-Sally
BOARD REPORTS
9.    RIWB Chair Update - Sally
10.    State Liaison Update - Ted Harms
11.    IowaWORKS Reports - Fern, Ron & Marla
12.    Legislative Update - Ron

FLOOR ITEMS/CLOSURE
13.    Next Meeting - April 15, 2014
a.    2014 Meeting Schedule -
July 15, 2014
October 21, 2014
14.    Adjournment

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UERPC Board Meeting Agenda

Posted: Wed, January 8, 2014

UPPER EXPLORERLAND REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION BOARD MEETING
UERPC CONFERENCE ROOM, 134 WEST GREENE STREET, POSTVILLE, IA
January 30, 2014; 3:00 P.M.
MEETING AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER
1. Welcome - Randy
2. Roll Call/ Call for Quorum - Diana
3. Approval of Agenda

PRESENTATION
Don Snitker - Fiscal Year 2013 Audit

BOARD ACTION
1. Consider approval of Nomination Committee recommendations/slate of officers- Randy/Bill/Leon
2. Consider approval of check signatories - Lisa Lensing
3. Consider approval of UERPC Board Minutes from October 17, 2013
4. Consider approval of Quarterly Disbursements - Lisa Lensing
5. Consider approval FY'15 Cost Allocation - Lisa Lensing
6. Consider approval of Treasurer's Reports - Lisa Lensing/Sue Severson
7. Executive Board Meeting Report - Randy Uhl
8. Consider approval of addition to the personal policy for wellness - Rachelle/committee

BOARD INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION; STATUS REPORTS
9. UERPC Board Seat Appointments - Rachelle Howe
10. Board forms - conflict of interest policy and membership agreement- Rachelle Howe
11. Litigation Update - Randy Uhl
12. Executive Director's Report/Update - Rachelle Howe
13. Floor Items

CLOSURE
14. Next Meeting - April 17, 2014 (or as called by Chair)
15. Adjournment
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2014 Bike Rack Challenge

Posted: Wed, December 18, 2013
The "2014 Bike Rack Challenge" will take place January 2014 - May 2014 and challenges Northeast Iowa Industrial Tech students to construct a bike rack for their school or a local business, library or park. Students will have a chance to win welding gear…including a BRAND NEW WELDING HELMET! Click below for more information. See if your school district is signed up by contacting Ashley Christensen, Regional Safe Routes to School Liaison, at achristensen@uerpc.org or 563-382-6171.

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UERPC December Newsletter

Posted: Mon, December 16, 2013
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • Christmas Giving....UERPC Style
  • Employee Spotlight, Mary Rosonke
  • Iowa Landlords Encouraged to List Rental Properties on New Website
  • Discuss Legislative Priorities
  • 0% Interest Economic Development Loan Funds Available
  • Increased Deer Movement Means Extra Caution Needed on Iowa Roadways
  • IowaWorks Did You Know......
  • Iowa Finance Authority Awards more than $7.5 million to Local Housing Trust Funds
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Snow and Bitterly Cold Weather Could Combine for Tricky Driving This Weekend

Posted: Fri, December 6, 2013
Although the forecast only calls for a few inches of snow over most of Iowa this weekend, motorists haven't had a lot of practice this year driving in winter weather, and frigid temperatures could make becoming stranded in a vehicle very dangerous. The Iowa Department of Transportation's snow plows will be out spreading anti-icing chemicals and clearing roads where necessary. Motorists should use extra caution and follow these tips to drive more safely during winter weather.

Know before you go. If your trip cannot be postponed until the weather improves, log on to discover all the ways in which you can receive 24/7 Iowa travel information at http://511ia.org/.

Use your vehicle's safety equipment. Make sure you and your passengers are wearing their seatbelts or are in a child safety seat. Your vehicle's headlights are a valuable asset when driving in winter weather. Turn them on to see and be seen.

Fill your vehicle's gas tank. Before traveling in winter weather, always keep your vehicle's gas tank nearly full and make sure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition.

Never use cruise control during winter weather. Your vehicle's cruise control sensors may not work properly if the tires are traveling on packed snow or ice. This can cause your vehicle to increase its speed, placing you at greater risk of getting involved in a crash.

Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle. This kit should contain items to help sustain your life and the lives of your passengers should your vehicle become stranded. These items can include: booster cables, candles and matches, a flashlight with fresh batteries, extra blankets and warm clothes, nonperishable food items, a can for melting water, and a snow shovel. Sufficient supplies should be in the kit for all persons traveling in the vehicle. Carrying a mobile phone in your vehicle is also advised for use during an emergency.

Use caution when approaching or following a snowplow. Snowplows generally operate at much slower speeds than other traffic. Snowplows can be forced sideways when clearing hard-packed drifts and generate a "snow cloud" that may impair the vision of drivers in nearby vehicles. Remain a safe distance behind the snowplow, pass only when clear; and never continue to drive alongside a plow. Allow plenty of space when passing the snowplow because the wing of the plow blade extends out to the side of the truck. Do not cut back into the lane of traffic too closely in front of a snowplow truck because the blade also extends in front of the truck. Remember the slogans, "Ice and Snow …Take It Slow" and "Don't crowd the plow."
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A UERPC Christmas Greeting.......

Posted: Wed, December 4, 2013
As the year ends, we think about all we are grateful for. Our partnership with you is one thing we treasure. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. We wish you a Merry Christmas and much success in the new year.  Please enjoy our video below......

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Iowa Law Changes Coming Jan. 1 for Iowa's Teen Drivers

Posted: Wed, December 4, 2013
Motor vehicle crashes kill more teenagers than anything else. With parents' help, two changes to Iowa's graduated driver's license system taking effect Jan. 1, 2014, are tools that can be used to keep kids safe behind the wheel and work to save their lives.

Longer instruction time behind the wheel: Statistics show that increased supervised experience behind the wheel helps young drivers develop safer driving habits. The first change in the Iowa law increases the time a young driver is required to carry an instruction permit to 12 months, up from the current six months, before they can apply for an intermediate license. The new law gives drivers twice the amount of time behind the wheel to learn from an experienced driver. It also allows for that driving practice to take place across all driving conditions and seasons. This law goes into effect for all young drivers applying for an intermediate license after Jan. 1, 2014.

Reduced distractions: We all want our kids to have friends, but piling those friends in the car with your 16-year-old driver is a recipe for disaster. Data proves that the first six months of driving without an adult is the most dangerous for teen drivers. To reduce the risk an unsupervised young driver with an intermediate license will be limited to one unrelated minor passenger during the first six months that child has a license. (A child driving with adult supervision is not subject to this limit.) Parents can waive this restriction, but only at the time the intermediate license is issued. This will apply to all intermediate licenses issued after Jan. 1, 2014.
 
The new law also limits a young driver with a minor school license to one unrelated minor passenger when driving without adult supervision. Unlike the intermediate license restriction, this restriction applies as long as the young driver holds a minor school license. This part of the law also becomes effective Jan. 1, 2014, and applies to all persons holding a minor school license, even if the license was issued before Jan. 1, 2014.
 
An unrelated minor child is defined as someone that is not your brother or sister, step-brother or sister, or a child living in your household. The definition of adult supervisor as it relates to this mandate means your parent, guardian, or custodian; an immediate family member at least 21 years of age, a driver education instructor, or a person at least 25 years old with written permission from your parent, guardian, or custodian. They must sit in the front passenger seat while you are driving.
 
These changes to Iowa's driver's license system are designed to keep us all safer and contribute to the overall goal of zero fatalities on Iowa's highways.
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USDA Announces Additional Support to Help Schools Buy Local

Posted: Wed, November 20, 2013
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday announced grants for 71 projects spanning 42 states and the District of Columbia that support the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through its Farm to School Program. A partnership between the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (NIFF) and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) were lucky to be one of the recipients.

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UERPC November Newsletter

Posted: Mon, November 18, 2013
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • UERPC Board Attend Training
  • Employee Spotlight-Ashley Christianson
  • IowaWORKS Did You Know....
  • RPA1 Stakeholders Addressed DOT Commissioners on October 8th
  • "Fall" into Healthy Habits
  • Business Workforce Alliance Luncheon
  • Winter and the Novice Driver-Team Up with your Teen For Safe Driving
  • Quarantine of Firewood
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UERPC October Newsletter

Posted: Mon, October 20, 2014

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Skilled Iowa Initiative Update
  • Employee Spotlight - Ashley Goltz
  • Decorah Named 2014 All-Star Community
  • IowaWorks Did You Know....
  • Christensen represents UERPC in Pittsburgh
  • Iowa Food Hub Benefits from USDA Grant for Local Foods Promotion
  • All Board!
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UERPC September Newsletter

Posted: Mon, September 15, 2014

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • NE IA Rural Development Awards
  • Employee Spotlight-Jenna Siebrecht
  • NE IA City Clerk Association Meeting
  • Revolving Loan Funds Available to Businesses
  • Have You Seen EARL?
  • IowaWorks Did You Know....
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UERPC August Newsletter

Posted: Mon, August 18, 2014

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Updated LMI Figures
  • Employee Spotlight-Steven Benne
  • IowaWorks-Did You Know?
  • ALICE Training
  • Finance 101 Training
  • YCC Training Held in Washington D.C.
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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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