UERPC has become recognized as a regional resource for addressing issues that require that regional perspective, obtaining over $256 million in grant funds since its establishment in November of 1972. More specifically, in 2018 UERPC obtained over $6.04 million from grant funds for our various counties and communities.
Much of 2017-2018 was based around employees. With a human resource audit completed, work was focused around improving employee files, performance review updates and a pay plan update. There were significant changes with employees within the housing department where many hours of training were spent. Performance reviews have been completed and department heads and director feel the process is a step in the right direction. Furthermore, a workforce staff member retired after 36 years of service. This type of tenured employee replacement will be difficult to replace. The transition is already underway.
As we prepared for reduced administrative fees from both the state and federal side in 2016-2017, UERPC did not see a reduction in 2017-2018. In fact, in 2019 legislation the council of governments funding did increase by $25,000 showing great support from state legislators. The commission continues to diversify their work to fulfill the needs of the region such as fiscal agent and administrative work, contracting employees to various agencies and researching and writing new grants for our counties and communities. These fee-based services are more important than ever to the Commission’s budget. In 2019 calendar year, the plan is to complete a 52 community marketing visit to educate communities about UERPC work and assistance.
UERPC continues to have two locations to better serve their clients. In the Postville office, Northeast Iowa Community Action has joined the partnership and holds an office. UERPC continues to grow its’ partnerships within the Decorah location with the addition of Vocational Rehabilitation. IowaWorks, Hawkeye Community College, Goodwill, and ISU Extension continue to co-locate within the Decorah office as well. Within the IowaWorks center, UERPC is just one partner in the one-stop shop for residents within the region with workforce needs.
Applications for Iowa’s Transportation Alternatives Program (Iowa’s TAP) and Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funds are now available for the UERPC region. These programs support diverse transportation projects within our region, from streets and bridges to sidewalks and transit. The current applicaiton cycle is for funding in federal fiscal year 2024.
Eligible applicants include all public agencies and local governments within the RPA-1 region that have jurisdiction over public rights-of-way for transportation (including walking and bicycling facilities); public transportation agencies; and agencies with transportation planning responsibilities. RPA-1 includes the Counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek and public agencies and local governments with jurisdictions therein. For more information, contact Aaron Detter at 563-382-6171, ext. 1203 or email@example.com.
Application are due February 28, 2020 and can be found on the UERPC website.
The UERPC January 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/e3fa154e87f2/uerpc-january-2020-newsletter-3133317
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The Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) is excited to announce they were awarded State Housing Trust Fund dollars of $229,763. State Housing Trust Fund dollars are partnered together with local match to assist limited income households in our five-county region of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek.
Applications are available for first-time homebuyers, homeowners, landlord/for-profit organizations or non-profit organizations to promote and create affordable housing activities. Funding availability can go up to $10,000 in the form of a grant or low-interest rate loan. For an application or more information on the NEIRHTF program, please contact Sarah at 563-864-7551, ext. 1101. Applications are also available in our housing section on our website, http://uerpc.org/housing-trust-fund.html.
Upper Explorerland RPC is accepting bids for upper roofing and sidewall project.
Please submit a bid to include the upper roofing project and sidewall project at the Decorah UERPC office, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA. Contractors are required to maintain personal liability insurance with no less than $500,000 coverage. Please contact Rachelle Howe (563-382-6171 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details regarding the project. Bids can be mailed to UERPC (attn: Rachelle Howe, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA 52101), emailed to email@example.com or faxed to 563-864-7535.no later than 4:30 pm on 1/24/20.