Aaron Detter is thrilled to serve as Regional Planner with UERPC. Aaron and his wife Michelle are so happy to be able to call this beautiful region home. Michelle is an Iowa native and they have family and friends throughout the state, so the move to northeast Iowa has felt like a homecoming for them.
Aaron grew up in Omaha and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), with an additional focus on art history, geography, and urban studies. He was fortunate to have the opportunity to study abroad in both France and Quebec. While at UNO, he interned with the vice president of community planning at HDR, Inc. and also worked for a real estate development firm. Aaron received a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the State University of New York at Albany, where he specialized in transportation planning with a specific focus on bicycling and walking. Aaron also enjoyed coursework in biodiversity and landscape conservation, as well as parks and heritage planning.
Aaron began his formal planning career in Santa Fe where he worked as a planner for the New Mexico Department of Transportation, as well as for Santa Fe County.
Aaron enjoys being outdoors: taking walks with his wife, going on hikes, and riding his bicycle. He's very interested in trying out kayaking as a way to explore the region’s rivers and landscapes. As much as he loves the outdoors, Aaron can also be a big homebody, preferring to stay in and be cozy with his wife and two cats, Sal and Marlowe.
Some favorite films include: Amadeus; Throw Momma From the Train; Groundhog Day; The Lord of the Rings trilogy; the Back to the Future trilogy; The Shining; Into Great Silence; Adaptation; and Jurassic Park. Aaron enjoys reading the local newspaper, books on European history, and some novels. Writer and critic James Howard Kunstler is a personal hero — one he's been lucky enough to meet several times. Aaron enjoys listening to a wide variety of music; with the favorite being classical.
Before moving back to Iowa, Aaron was in the process of teaching himself to play classical guitar. He hopes to take it back up soon. Aaron's mother was a home economics teacher and he takes pride in his knitting and sewing skills. He loves speaking French and discussing nearly all matters francophone. If anyone is interested in a little French conversation, or learning some basic phrases, Aaron would love to meet with you!
The UERPC May 2019 Newsletter is here! Check out the newsletter to learn about:
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is offering a Marketing Internship opportunity for a student studying marketing, communications, public relations or other related field. The internship will focus on creating and implementing marketing efforts for UERPC. Contact Rachelle Howe with interest or questions: 563-382-6171 or email@example.com.
The Iowa DOT is now accepting applications for the annual State Recreational Trails program funding cycle. Applications shall be either received via email by 5:00 pm to firstname.lastname@example.org or postmarked by July 1, 2019. An email submission must still be followed by receipt of a single signed color original of the completed application via U.S. mail. The appropriation for State Fiscal Year 2020 (SFY 2020) is $1.5 million. Please note, the application form has been revised for this year’s cycle. If you are working from a previously prepared application, be sure to update to the new format and questions before submitting.
All hardcopies shall be submitted via U.S. mail to:
State Recreational Trails Program
Iowa Department of Transportation
Systems Planning Bureau
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010
Please contact Debra Arp, Grant Program Administration Team Leader, at email@example.com, if you have any questions or concerns. The Iowa DOT web site is updated with this information: https://iowadot.gov/systems_planning/Grant-Programs/-Federal-and-State-Recreational-Trails
The UERPC April 2019 Newsletter has hatched! Check out the newsletter to learn about: