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RPA-1 Policy Board to consider TAP applications, Transportation Planning Work Program, TIP amendments at May 25 meeting

Posted: Wed, May 18, 2022

The RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board will discuss and award Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds at its meeting on Wednesday, May 25th. The Policy Board will also consider approval of the RPA-1 Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP) and amendments to the current Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The Policy Board meeting is at 11:00 a.m. and the Enhancement Committee (TAP recommendation) and Technical Committee (TIP amendment recommendation) will meet beforehand at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively. The meeting link is the same for all three of the meetings.

Visit the following web address to access the meeting:

tinyurl.com/5y792fea

Or call:    312-626-6799    Use meeting ID:     830 7977 6267

For details on the proposed TIP amendments as well as the draft TPWP, please click HERE.

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The UERPC May 2022 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Tue, May 17, 2022

The UERPC May 2022 Newsletter is here!  https://uerpc.org/newsletters.html 

Highlights include:

  • UERPC's Detter Featured as Keynote for Regional Roundtable
  • Freedom Bank Donates to Housing Trust Fund 
  • Driving Electric in Rural NE Iowa
  • Postville 5-2-1-0 Year One Project Update
  • What Exactly is the "Infrastructure Bill"?
  • UERPC Notices
  • Employee Spotlight:  Lori Quam
  • UERPC May Work Anniversaries
  • City of New Albin Breaks Ground for New Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Riceville Celebrates Earth Day with Walking School Bus Blitz Event
  • It's Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Annual UERPC Earth Day Trash Pick-up Event
  • May 5-2-1-0 Feature

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Special call for additional TAP funding; applications due April 30th, 2022

Posted: Tue, March 29, 2022

After an increase in funding targets resulting from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) that was recently signed into law, RPA-1/Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is seeking additional applications for Federal Funding through Iowa’s Transportation Alternatives Program (Iowa’s TAP). RPA-1 is expected to have an additional $440,000 available, which can be used on new or previously awarded projects in any of the next four federal fiscal years (FFY)—2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026—and in any combination of years, i.e. all funding in a single year, funding divided among two or more years, etc.

A document with additional nformation and instructions for this special call for applications is available below. The application form and full guidelines on Iowa’s TAP are available on the Iowa DOT's website here.

Applications are due by April 30, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Detter at 563-419-6126 or adetter@uerpc.org.

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Welcome to the New and Improved UERPC Office!

Posted: Mon, April 18, 2022

With our move and consolidation complete, we thought it would be fun to give a sneak peek into our new and improved office in Decorah (located at 325 Washington Street)! The location may be new for some and improved for others, but bottom line is that we are all very excited to be working under one roof to better serve your needs. Stay tuned for information on an open house event in the near future!

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The UERPC April 2022 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, April 18, 2022

The UERPC April 2022 Newsletter is here!  https://mailchi.mp/46958afb26c8/uerpc-april-2022-newsletter-5762697 

Highlights include:

UERPC Consolidating Operations at Decorah Location- Offices Closed April 4th through April 8th

  • One Northeast Iowa City Awarded CDBG Funds
  • Second Homes for Iowa Home Arrives in Allamakee County
  • UERPC's Bike Safety Lessons are Back in Action
  • Welcome to the New and Improved UERPC Office!
  • UERPC Notices
  • Howe Represents UERPC at ICOG Lobby Day
  • Ernst, Grassley Seek to Protect Affordable Housing Resources for Iowa
  • Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival Happening on April 28th in Decorah
  • April SRTS Monthly Motivators
  • April 5-2-1-0 Feature

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Special call for additional TAP funding; applications due April 30th, 2022

Posted: Tue, March 29, 2022

After an increase in funding targets resulting from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) that was recently signed into law, RPA-1/Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is seeking additional applications for Federal Funding through Iowa’s Transportation Alternatives Program (Iowa’s TAP). RPA-1 is expected to have an additional $440,000 available, which can be used on new or previously awarded projects in any of the next four federal fiscal years (FFY)—2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026—and in any combination of years, i.e. all funding in a single year, funding divided among two or more years, etc.

A document with additional nformation and instructions for this special call for applications is available below. The application form and full guidelines on Iowa’s TAP are available on the Iowa DOT's website here.

Applications are due by April 30, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Detter at 563-419-6126 or adetter@uerpc.org.

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UERPC consolidating operations at Decorah location; offices temporarily closed April 4th through April 8th

Posted: Tue, March 29, 2022

Upper Explorerland is consolidating all our services and operations under one roof at our Decorah office location. We want our communities to know that, while we will no longer have a physical office in Postville after Friday, April 1st, we will continue to provide the same level of service to our communities in all five of our counties—Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek.

The consolidation does require us to temporarily close our offices from Monday, April 4th to Friday, April 8th so we can move files and equipment and have everything set up and ready to open back up in Decorah on Monday, April 11th.

We’ll host an open house at the newly expanded Decorah office in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for details here in our newsletter, as well as on our website and social media. We hope to see you there!

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The UERPC March 2022 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, March 21, 2022

The UERPC March 2022 Newsletter is here!  https://mailchi.mp/d6675641520c/uerpc-march-2022-newsletter-5762297 

Highlights include:

  • UERPC Consolidating Operations at Decorah Location- Offices Closed April 4th through April 8th
  • Five UERPC Employees Become Iowa CDBG Certified Grant Administrators
  • Let's Talk Walking School Buses
  • UERPC Notices
  • UERPC March Work Anniversaries
  • Walk, Bike and Roll to School Day is May 4th!
  • March SRTS Monthly Motivators
  • March 5-2-1-0 Feature

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RPA-1 Policy Board to consider STBG, TAP applications at March 16 meeting

Posted: Mon, March 7, 2022

The RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board will discuss and award Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) and Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds at its meeting on Wednesday, March 16. The Policy Board meeting is at 11:00 a.m. and the Enhancement Committee (TAP recommendation) and Technical Committee (STBG recommendation) will meet beforehand at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively. The Zoom meeting link is the same for all three of the meetings.

Join Zoom Meeting link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81374664262

Or phone: 312-626-6799, and use meeting ID 813 7466 4262.

For more information on STBG and TAP, click here.

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The UERPC February 2022 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Tue, February 22, 2022

The UERPC February 2022 Newsletter is here!  https://mailchi.mp/d417cafdf84c/uerpc-february-2022-newsletter-5747001

Highlights include:

  • Two Northeast Iowa Cities Awarded CDBG Funds
  • Clayton County Residents and Visitors Invited to Take Housing Survey
  • STBG and TAP:  "Multimodal" Transportation Funding Explained
  • Gratitude Expressed for UERPC's Involvement in ISU's Planning Professional Seminar
  • Winter Field Trips a Huge Success!
  • UERPC Notices
  • Get Registered for Pick Up Iowa 2022
  • UERPC Financial Report- June 30, 2021
  • Healthiest State Initiative 2021 Annual Report Available
  • February SRTS Monthly Motivators
  • February 5-2-1-0 Feature

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Clayton County residents and visitors invited to take housing survey

Posted: Mon, January 31, 2022

Clayton County Development Group (CCDG) has partnered with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) to conduct a housing assessment to better understand the current status of housing in our area. The goal of this effort is to identify gaps and anticipate future housing needs in order to assist local stakeholders in finding solutions to current and future housing challenges.

All Clayton County residents, as well as those who work in Clayton County or frequently visit, are invited to take an online housing survey. The survey does not require any personally identifiable information, and all responses will remain anonymous. The information gathered will assist UERPC, CCDG, and other community stakeholders in understanding Clayton County’s housing needs.

The survey is available at the following web address:

surveymonkey.com/r/CC-Housing

People are encouraged to share the survey link with any and all people who live in, work in, or frequently visit Clayton County. The more people that complete the survey, the stronger the assessment will be.

Questions may be directed to Aaron Detter at adetter@uerpc.org or 563-419-6126.

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Winter Walk to School Day!

Posted: Tue, January 18, 2022

REGISTER NOW for Winter Walk to School Day 2022! Happening on Wednesday, February 2nd. Click here to learn more!

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The UERPC December 2021 Newsletter is here!

Posted: Mon, December 20, 2021

The UERPC December 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/e15364f12aeb/uerpc-december-2021-newsletter-5693761

Highlights include:

  • A Reflection on 2021 from Rachelle Howe, Executive Director
  • Iowa Finance Authority Awards more than $9 million to Housing Trust Funds to Advance Housing Priorities
  • UERPC's Annual Legislative Forum held on December 3rd
  • 2022 Business Consortium Membership- New Member 1/2 Off Deadline is January 1st
  • UERPC NOTICES
  • Funding for Water Infrastructure and Water Quality Efforts
  • $5 Billion Available from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's Clean School Bus Program
  • Early Childhood Iowa Family Survey
  • December SRTS Monthly Motivators:  Happy Holidays!
  • December 5-2-1-0 Feature

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The UERPC November 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, November 15, 2021

The UERPC November 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/4d511e689d04/uerpc-november-2021-newsletter-5685517

Highlights include:

  • Changes on the Horizon for UERPC
  • Northeast Iowa's multi-use trails are becoming a "backbone" of the region's economy; UERPC's analysis puts dollar sign on their impact
  • Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Funding Available for COVID-19 Recovery
  • UERPC Notices
  • UERPC 2021 Legislative Event Scheduled for December 3rd
  • UERPC Announces Resilience Toolkit for Small Businesses
  • Keep Iowa Beautiful Photography Contest Happening Now
  • November SRTS Monthly Motivators- Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day
  • November 5-2-1-0 Feature

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The UERPC October 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Tue, October 19, 2021
The UERPC October 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/4d62d26a7095/uerpc-october-2021-newsletter-5669009 
 
Highlights include:
  • Upper Explorerland and Winneshiek Energy District Lead Regional Electric Vehicle Collaborative
  • City of New Albin Awarded CDBG Water/Sewer Grant
  • Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Funding Available for COVID-19 Recovery
  • UERPC NOTICES
  • Annual Walk Celebrations
  • Meet the New 5-2-1-0 Communities!
  • SRTS Monthly Motivators
  • October 5-2-1-0 Feature

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Job Opening-Community Housing Coordinator

Posted: Mon, October 11, 2021

UPDATE:  This position has been filled.

Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority is hiring a Community Housing Coordinator. This position will work under the direction of the Housing Department Head and Community Housing team to facilitate administration of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Section 8 program under contract with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission and HUD Housing. This candidate should have good organizational and communication skills. The candidate must have strong attention to detail, ability to organize work, determine priorities and meet deadlines, manage, and work harmoniously with employees and interact with the general public in a tactful and courteous manner, good verbal and written communication skills and maintain a valid driver’s license. Upper Explorerland offers a full benefit package including health insurance, dental, vision, retirement, short term and long-term disability. 

A full job description and application may be found at www.uerpc.org.  Email a resume and three references to rhowe@uerpc.org   EEO/EEP employer.

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RPA-1 Policy Board to consider two TIP amendments at Oct. 20 meeting

Posted: Thu, September 30, 2021

For details on the propsed TIP amendments and information on how to submit comments, visit the following weblink.

http://www.uerpc.org/public-comment.html

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The UERPC September 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, September 20, 2021
 
Highlights include:
  • Back-to-School Transportation Safety: It's the responsibility of each of us
  • Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Funding Available for COVID-19 Recovery
  • Walking and Biking School Bus Season has arrived!
  • Join us on October 6th to 'Walk More. Connect More.'
  • NOTICE: Early Office Closures on Fridays
  • UERPC is Open
  • Board Member Spotlight: Shirley Vermace
  • SRTS Monthly Motivators
  • September 5-2-1-0 Feature
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Next public meeting for Lansing Black Hawk Bridge Sept. 27th and online

Posted: Wed, September 8, 2021

The Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation are holding a public information meeting to discuss the proposed replacement of the Iowa 9 / Wisconsin 82 (Black Hawk) bridge in Lansing over the Mississippi River, in Allamakee, IA and Crawford, WI Counties.

The Iowa DOT is providing two meeting formats for the public meeting: in person and an at your own pace virtual meeting.

IN-PERSON PUBLIC MEETING:

Date/Time:Sept. 27, 2021, between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Location: Kee High School, 569 Center St., Lansing, IA

AT YOUR OWN PACE:

Date/Time: Anytime between Sept. 27 – Oct. 11, 2021

For more information, including how to participate in the "at your own pace" online meeting, click here to visit Iowa DOT's public involvement site for the project.

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The UERPC August 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, August 16, 2021

The UERPC August 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/6c2ef7aa975a/uerpc-august-2021-newsletter-5630233  

 

Highlights include:

  • UERPC Resiliency Toolkit Released to Assist Business, Government and Development Organizations with Ongoing Viability
  • IDPH Announces Expansion of 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!•Lieutenant Governor Visits Oelwein
  • Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Funding Available for COVID-19 Recovery
  • UERPC Part of Planning Committee for Successful MEEC Conference
  • Board Member Spotlight: Pat Murray
  • Community Invited to Provide Input on Fayette County Housing Needs
  • Community Invited to Provide Input on Fayette County Housing Needs
  • Winneshiek County Trail Safety Campaign
  • August SRTS Monthly Motivators: Start a Walking School Bus!
  • August 5-2-1-0 Feature

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Public meeting to discuss Iowa Statewide Transportation Improvement Program to be held by conference call Aug. 17

Posted: Mon, August 9, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Aug. 6, 2021 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a meeting to accept public comments about the draft Iowa Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17. In order to maintain adequate social distancing, public participation in the meeting will be limited to conference call. A brief overview of the STIP and its development process will be provided beginning at 2 p.m. and will be followed by time for comments and questions on the STIP. Should discussion be ongoing at 2:30 p.m., additional time will be made available to accommodate all comments on the document.

Live audio will be made available via telephone. Dial 515-817-6093 and use conference ID 232 696 476# to join the public meeting.

The draft STIP identifies all projects proposed to be authorized for funding provided by the Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration during federal fiscal years 2022-2025. It includes projects for state, county, city, and federal transportation systems. Development of the STIP is required by federal law. The draft STIP can be viewed on the Iowa DOT's website at:
https://iowadot.gov/program_management/stip/2022-2025_STIPDraft.pdf

Comments on the draft STIP can be provided at the meeting or by contacting Matt Chambers at 515-239-1409 or Matthew.Chambers@iowadot.us. Comments on the draft STIP will be accepted through Sept. 7, 2021. You can also contact Chambers if you would like a printed copy of the draft STIP.

Contact: Matt Chambers at 515-239-1409 or Matthew.Chambers@iowadot.us

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Fayette County residents and visitors invited to take housing survey

Posted: Wed, July 28, 2021

Fayette County Economic Development and Tourism (FCEDT) has partnered with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) to conduct a housing assessment to better understand the current status of housing in our area. The goal of this effort is to identify gaps and anticipate future housing needs in order to assist local stakeholders in finding solutions to current and future housing challenges.

All Fayette County residents, as well as those who work in Fayette County or frequently visit, are invited to take an online housing survey. The survey does not collect any personally identifiable information, and all responses will remain anonymous. The information gathered will assist UERPC, FCEDT, and other community stakeholders in understanding Fayette County’s housing needs.

The survey is available at the following web address: surveymonkey.com/r/FC-Housing

Readers are encouraged to share the survey link with any and all people who live in, work in, or frequently visit Fayette County. The more people that complete the survey, the stronger the assessment will be.

Questions may be directed to Aaron Detter at adetter@uerpc.org or 563-419-6126; or to Mallory Hanson at director@visitfayettecountyiowa.com or563-265-5248.

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The UERPC July 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Tue, July 20, 2021

The UERPC July 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/e370e8434bb3/uerpc-july-2021-newsletter-5590693

Highlights include:

  • American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA): Local Government Funding
  • Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Funding Available for COVID-19 Recovery
  • Yes, infrastructure investments create jobs--but the type of infrastructure matters
  • "Field Trips on Foot" Summer Partnership
  • Board Member Spotlight:  Sue Updegraff
  • Rural Innovation Grant Awarded for Elma Community Complex Project
  • Edgewood Lands Wellmark Large MATCH Grant for Viking Loop Trail
  • Winneshiek County Trail Safety Campaign
  • SRTS Monthly Motivators:  July
  • July 5-2-1-0 Feature

 

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Transportation Policy Board to meet July 21st

Posted: Wed, July 14, 2021

The next RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 21st, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., at UERPC’s office in Postville, 134 West Greene Street. The Enhancement and Technical Committees will meet beforehand at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively.

AGENDA:

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of the agenda
  3. Approval of the May 19th, 2021 meeting minutes
  4. Public Hearing: RPA-1 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
  5. Consideration and possible board action: Adoption of RPA-1 TIP
  6. RPA-1 Staff Updates
  7. NEICAC/EARL Transit Updates
  8. Iowa DOT Updates
  9. Floor Items
  10. Set next meeting date
  11. Adjournment
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RPA-1 draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for FFY 22-25 available for public review and comment

Posted: Thu, July 1, 2021

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Regional Planning Affiliation 1 (RPA-1) and the Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) Transportation Policy Board is now available for public review and comment. The document will be available for public review for a minimum of 15 days prior to adoption, and will be considered for adoption at the Board’s next meeting, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

For more information, please visit: http://www.uerpc.org/public-comment.html

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RPA-1 Policy Board to consider TAP applications, Transportation Planning Work Program, TIP amendments at May 25 meeting

Posted: Wed, May 18, 2022

The RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board will discuss and award Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds at its meeting on Wednesday, May 25th. The Policy Board will also consider approval of the RPA-1 Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP) and amendments to the current Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The Policy Board meeting is at 11:00 a.m. and the Enhancement Committee (TAP recommendation) and Technical Committee (TIP amendment recommendation) will meet beforehand at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively. The meeting link is the same for all three of the meetings.

Visit the following web address to access the meeting:

tinyurl.com/5y792fea

Or call:    312-626-6799    Use meeting ID:     830 7977 6267

For details on the proposed TIP amendments as well as the draft TPWP, please click HERE.

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The UERPC May 2022 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Tue, May 17, 2022

The UERPC May 2022 Newsletter is here!  https://uerpc.org/newsletters.html 

Highlights include:

  • UERPC's Detter Featured as Keynote for Regional Roundtable
  • Freedom Bank Donates to Housing Trust Fund 
  • Driving Electric in Rural NE Iowa
  • Postville 5-2-1-0 Year One Project Update
  • What Exactly is the "Infrastructure Bill"?
  • UERPC Notices
  • Employee Spotlight:  Lori Quam
  • UERPC May Work Anniversaries
  • City of New Albin Breaks Ground for New Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Riceville Celebrates Earth Day with Walking School Bus Blitz Event
  • It's Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Annual UERPC Earth Day Trash Pick-up Event
  • May 5-2-1-0 Feature

Want to receive our newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here: http://uerpc.org/newsletters.html 

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Special call for additional TAP funding; applications due April 30th, 2022

Posted: Tue, March 29, 2022

After an increase in funding targets resulting from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) that was recently signed into law, RPA-1/Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is seeking additional applications for Federal Funding through Iowa’s Transportation Alternatives Program (Iowa’s TAP). RPA-1 is expected to have an additional $440,000 available, which can be used on new or previously awarded projects in any of the next four federal fiscal years (FFY)—2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026—and in any combination of years, i.e. all funding in a single year, funding divided among two or more years, etc.

A document with additional nformation and instructions for this special call for applications is available below. The application form and full guidelines on Iowa’s TAP are available on the Iowa DOT's website here.

Applications are due by April 30, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Detter at 563-419-6126 or adetter@uerpc.org.

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Welcome to the New and Improved UERPC Office!

Posted: Mon, April 18, 2022

With our move and consolidation complete, we thought it would be fun to give a sneak peek into our new and improved office in Decorah (located at 325 Washington Street)! The location may be new for some and improved for others, but bottom line is that we are all very excited to be working under one roof to better serve your needs. Stay tuned for information on an open house event in the near future!

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