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 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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