United States Department of Agriculture - Rural Development

United States Department of Agriculture - Rural Development

USDA assists regions in creating self-sustaining, long-term economic development in rural areas through visioning and strategic planning. They provides communities seeking information on USDA Rural Development and other federal community and economic development programs. USDA promotes partnerships at the local and state levels to assist communities in advancing their strategic or economic development plans.They also promote coordinated planning among Rural Development programs to address specific projects in a community or regional strategic plan.

Grant Programs:

Community Facilities - To fund the development of essential community facilities for public use in rural areas and may include hospitals, fire protection, safety, as well as many other community-based initiatives

Rural Community Development Initiative  - provides technical assistance and training funds to qualified intermediary organizations to develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas.

Rural Business Opportunity Grants - The RBOG program promotes sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs through provision of training and technical assistance for business development, entrepreneurs, and economic development officials and to assist with economic development planning.

Contact Rachelle Howe for more information on USDA grant opportunities.

News Headlines

UERPC July Newsletter

Posted: Mon, July 18, 2016

Some of the headlines you can read about:

  • UERPC and ECIA Partnership
  • Employee Spotlight-Amy Chicos
  • EDA Awards Planning Dollars
  • NE IA highlighted in Walking Book
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UERPC June Newsletter

Posted: Mon, June 20, 2016

Some of the headlines you can read about:

  • Summer Intern on Board-Jesse Vorwald
  • Northeast Iowa Clerk's Association Meets
  • Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program
  • Summertime Health Tips
  • NEIRHTF is Accepting Applications
  • Five Projects Awarded to Northeast Iowa Commuties
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Call for Public Review and Input-Clayton Hazard Mitigation Plan

Posted: Mon, June 6, 2016

CLAYTON COUNTY HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN ANNOUNCEMENT – CALL FOR PUBLIC REVIEW & INPUT

Clayton County, Iowa Multi-Jurisdictional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) will be available on the East Central Intergovernmental (ECIA) website (http://www.ecia.org/publications/index.cfm under News Articles/Misc.) from June 13 – July 15, 2016 for public review and input. The plan covers the jurisdictions of: Cities of Clayton, Elkader, Elkport, Farmersburg, Garber, Garnavillo, Guttenberg, Luana, Marquette, McGregor, Monona, Osterdock, North Buena Vista, St. Olaf, Strawberry Point and Volga. It also includes the Unincorporated County and the Community School Districts of Central, Clayton and MFL MarMac.

Each of the cities, the county and the school districts worked diligently to identify the strategies that addressed their individual concerns and the county as a whole.  For a hard copy of the plan, or for additional information, contact Jennifer Walker, Project Coordinator at ECIA at 563-556-4166 or jwalker@ecia.org. Or contact, Sarah Moser, Emergency Management Agency Coordinator for Clayton County at 563-245-3004, ext. 1 or ema@claytoncountyia.gov.

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UERPC May Newsletter

Posted: Tue, May 17, 2016

Some of the headlines you can read about:

  • Transportation Update
  • Employee Spotlight-Michelle Barness
  • Iowa Association of Regional Councils Announces Carl Lingen as Executive Director
  • 2016 Business and Community Wellness Summit
  • Nuisance Property and Abandoned Building Program
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