Acronyms

Acronyms

Listed below for your reference are acronyms seen throughout correspondence with UERPC that are used to identify various plans, grants, publications, and agencies.

 ACCF Allamakee County Community Foundation
 AHP Affordable Housing Program
 AIP Federal Airport Improvement Program
 AMI Area Median Income
 CBP Community Builder Plan
 CDBG Community Development Block Grant
 CEBA Community Economic Betterment Account
 CEDS Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
 CEPP Community Economic Preparedness Program
 CIRAS Center of Industrial Research and Service
 CMAQ Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality
 COG Council of Governments
 CQR Community Quick Reference
 C-STEP County-State Traffic Engineering Program
 DHS Department of Human Services
 DOE Department of Energy
 DOT Department of Transportation
 DTR Downtown Revitalization
 EDA Economic Development Administration
 EDSA Economic Development Set-Aside
 EFSP Emergency Food and Shelter Program
 EMD Emergency Management Division
 EPA Environmental Protection Agency
 FCLHTF Fayette County Local Housing Trust Fund
 FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
 FHLB Federal Home Loan Bank
 FHWA Federal Highway Administration
 FTA Federal Transit Administration
 HAAPP Housing Assessment and Action Planning Program
 HIRE Helping Iowa's Rural Economy
 HMGP Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
 HOME First Time Homebuyer Program
 HPG Housing Preservation Grant
 HSG, INC. Housing Incorporated
 HUD Housing and Urban Development
 IARC Iowa Association of Regional Councils (now ICOG)
 ICAAP Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program
 ICOG Iowa Council of Governments
 IEDA Iowa Economic Department Authority
 IDM Institute for Decision Making
 IDNR Iowa Department of Natural Resources
 IFA Iowa Finance Authority
 ISU Iowa State University
 IWE Iowa Waste Exchange
 IWRC Iowa Waste Reduction Center
 LESA Land Evaluation and Site Assessment
 LHAP Local Housing Assistance Program
 LHTF Local Housing Trust Fund
 LMI Low to Moderate Income
 LOIS Location One Information Services
 MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization
 NEIAC Northeast Iowa Community Action
 NIBN Northeast Iowa Business Network
 NICC Northeast Iowa Community College
 PFSA Public Facilities Set-Aside
 PTIG Public Transit Infrastructure Grant Program
 RBEG Rural Business Enterprise Grant
 RBOG Rural Business Opportunity Grant
 RC&D Resource Conservation and Development
 RD Rural Development (formerly FmHA)
 REAP Resource Enhancement and Protection
 RHA Regional Housing Authority
 RISE Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy
 RLF Revolving Loan Fund
 RPA Regional Planning Affiliation
 RTA Regional Transportation Authority
 RTC Regional Transit Commission
 SCORE Service Corps of Retired Executives
 SRF State Revolving Fund
 STIP State Transportation Improvement Program
 SWAP Solid Waste Alternatives Program
 TBRA Tenant-Based Rental Assistance
 TEAP Iowa Traffic Engineering Assistance Program
 TIF Tax Increment Financing
 TIP Transportation Improvement Program
 TPWP Transportation Planning Work Program
 TRRC Turkey River Recreational Corridor
 UI University of Iowa
 UIU Upper Iowa University
 UNI University of Northern Iowa
 USDA-RD United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development
 U-STEP Urban-State Traffic Engineering Program
 WCCF Winneshiek County Community Foundation
 WIRB Watershed Improvement Review Board

News Headlines

Upcoming Iowa Safe Routes to School Conference on January 24th

Posted: Thu, January 10, 2019

It’s not too late to register! The Iowa Safe Routes to School Conference is an annual conference providing insight, idea sharing, education, and programming on all things Safe Routes to School. 6 years running, the Iowa Bicycle Coalition brings together partners and collaborators from across the state to network, learn, share ideas, and talk about best practices. This year, the Iowa Safe Routes to School Conference will be an opportunity to hear from a wide variety of professionals from public health (Angela Drent, Siouxland Public Health), transportation planning (Jeff Wiggins, City of Des Moines active transportation planner), advocates (Mike Armstrong, Des Moines Bike Collective), planners (Mindy Moore, Snyder & Associates), and Wellmark Healthy Hometown! 

We have a jam-packed day planned! Lunch will be provided for a small fee from "In-the-bag" catering. HERE  is the link to register! 

or: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iowa-safe-routes-conference-2019-tickets-50912747398

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UPCOMING OPEN MEETING LAW SESSION

Posted: Thu, January 10, 2019

Upper Explorerland RPC is happy to bring back Jeff Schott, now retired as the Director of the Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Iowa in May 2018 to host the basic laws and concepts that apply to city councils and boards and commissions, entitled Open Meeting Laws.  The session will be held on March 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 (noon) at the Postville YMCA.

 This two-hour training program includes the following topics:

 Legal Requirements: 

·       Open Meetings Law

·       Public records Law

·       Gift Law

·       Conflicts-of-Interest

·       Other Important Laws 

Doing What Is Right:

·       Duties and Responsibilities

·       Policy Development and Analysis

·       Policy and Program Evaluation and Oversight 

Strategies for Improving Performance:  

·       Strategies for Enhancing Effectiveness

·       Orientation

·       Teamwork

·       Decision-Making

·       Acting Strategically

Jeff Schott from 2006 - 2018, he had been responsible for delivery of the Institute of Public Affairs’ organizational improvement programs, including goal setting, strategic planning, council/board effectiveness training, educational programs and information, public management assistance, and staff training, to hundreds of local governments across Iowa.

Schott has been a featured presenter regarding local government issues and concerns at numerous conferences and workshops for organizations such as the Iowa League of Cities, Municipal Leadership Academies, National League of Cities, Iowa City/County Management Association, Iowa Parks and Recreation Association, Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa State Association of Counties, Northeast, South Central and Des Moines metro regional leagues, and many other state and regional groups.  Schott has been an adjunct instructor in the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning.

Publications for which Schott has been responsible include the 2016, 2012 and 2008 editions of the Iowa Municipal Policy Leaders’ Handbook, a guide for mayors, council members and city staff in Iowa. The Handbook is designed to help municipal officials understand what is expected and required of them by explaining both the details and the “big picture” involved in being a municipal policy leader.  The Handbook describes the functions and services of Iowa cities, the laws governing municipal activities and contains explanations, tips, checklists, and lists of resources useful to city officials. It provides important information on a variety of critical topics, including: mayor and council roles, council meetings, dealing with the public, financial and budgetary administration, human resources, municipal services, economic development, planning and community development, and many other vital issues.

Please RSVP to Mary Huinker at mhuinker@uerpc.org or by calling 563-864-7551.

 

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UERPC December Newsletter

Posted: Mon, December 17, 2018

Some of the headlines you can read about this month include:

  • Highway Driving Safety Tips for Wildlife Collisions
  • UERPC Commission Members End Their Terms
  • Decorah's Community Visioning Designs Available for Viewing
  • Be the Change you Wish to See
  • Iowa Finance Authority Awards Funding to Housing Program
  • Beat the Blues Winter Marathon Starts January 1st
  • The UERPC offices will be closed December 24th and 25th and January 1st for the Holidays
  • Holiday Giving - Donating to your Local Food Bank

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Holiday Giving

Posted: Thu, December 13, 2018

Holiday Giving - Donating to your Local Food Pantry or Food Bank

The Holiday season often finds our thoughts turning to those in need.  Giving to a food pantry or food bank is a great way to give during the holidays and beyond.

For a complete listing of food panties or food banks in our area, please click below.

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