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The UERPC April 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, April 20, 2020

The UERPC April 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/5e31fb34476b/uerpc-april-2020-newsletter-3195449

Highlights include:

  • See Inspiring Acts? Share With #IowansUnite
  • Changes to Iowa Workforce Development Services
  • Helpline Providing Guidance For ALL Businesses Applying for Funding Assistance During the COVID-19 Emergency
  • City of Fort Atkinson Awarded CDBG Water/Sewer Award
  • UERPC Accepting Applications for Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Programs
  • UERPC Region Visits Homes for Iowa Project
  • Employee Spotlight:  Karine Schager
  • CDBG Housing Fund Application Period Now Open
  • CANCELLED:  Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival in Decorah
  • REMINDER:  Don't Forget to Fill Out Your Census! 
  • Census Workers Still Needed Across The State
  • Thank You To Out-Going UERPC Board Members
  • UERPC Staff Outing at Waukon Wellness Center
  • April 5-2-1-0 Feature:  How To Practice Healthy Habits At Home
  • REMINDER:  UERPC Offices Remain Closed to the Public

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The UERPC February 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, February 17, 2020

The UERPC February 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/30ad14319078/uerpc-february-2020-newsletter-3177769

Highlights include:

  • Construction is Complete!
  • Funds Available for First Time Homebuyers in Monona
  • West Union Receives 2020 Healthiest State Initiative Award
  • Does Your City Code Need Updating? We Can Help!
  • The Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival will take place on Thursday, April 23, 2020
  • National Safe Routes to School  Program Census Report
  • Employee Spotlight:  Lisa Curtin
  • Surprise Guest at UERPC Staff Super Bowl Party
  • Hard Copies of Long-Range, Multimodal Transportation Plan Available at Area Libraries
  • Regional Welding Academy Featured in Trade & Industry Magazine
  • Still Plenty of "Free Friday Morning Open Gym" Opportunities
  • Iowa SRTS Conference and Iowa Bike Summit
  • Census 101:  Why It Matters for Kids
  • February 5-2-1-0 Feature:  How To Keep Your Heart Healthy


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STBG & Iowa's TAP Transportation Grants - Apps due Feb. 28

Posted: Thu, January 23, 2020

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 adetter@uerpc.org

Application are due February 28, 2020 and can be found on the UERPC website.

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The UERPC January 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Thurs, January 16, 2020

The UERPC January 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/e3fa154e87f2/uerpc-january-2020-newsletter-3133317

Highlights include:

  • UERPC Announces State Housing Trust Fund Award
  • Call for Applications - Multimodal Transportation Grants
  • Decorah Low Rent Housing Agency Merger with Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority
  • Getting Rural America Back on Its Feet
  • Did You Know? WIOA Title I On the Job Training
  • Census Workers Needed
  • Happy Retirement, Sue!
  • Warm Welcome to Baby Bril!
  • UERPC's Rachelle Howe Named ICOG Chair
  • "Free Friday Morning Open Gym" Scheduled for February and March in Decorah
  • REMINDER: Beat the Blues Winter "Marathon" Challenge Ends February 12th
  • Request for Exhibitors: Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival
  • Tiny Northeast Iowa Town Experiencing Baby Boom
  • January 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Drink More Water
  • Let's Make 2020 'The Year of Change'
  • PLEASE NOTE:  UERPC Offices (except IowaWORKS) will be closed on Monday, February 17th to honor President's Day

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NEIRHTF Announces State Housing Trust Fund Dollars

Posted: Wed, January 15, 2020

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.

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UERPC Accepting Bids For Upper Roofing and Sidewall Project

Posted: Mon, December 30, 2019

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 rhowe@uerpc.org) for more details regarding the project. Bids can be mailed to UERPC (attn: Rachelle Howe, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA 52101), emailed to rhowe@uerpc.org or faxed to 563-864-7535.no later than 4:30 pm on 1/24/20.

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Elma Owner Occupied Housing Program Accepting Application Starting January 2, 2020

Posted: Tue, December 17, 2019

The City of Elma was awarded grant funds to assist six homeowners with rehabilitating their homes. Applications will be accepted for the Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation program starting January 2, 2020. The application period is open from January 2, 2020 through January 31, 2020.  All applications postmarked between these dates will be considered. To learn more, contact Sarah Snitker at 563-864-7551 ext. 1101.

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UERPC December 2019 Newsletter

Posted: Mon, December 16, 2019

The UERPC 2019 December Newsletter is here!

Highlights include:

  • Happy Holidays from UERPC
  • Public Invited to Give Feedback for "All in Allamakee" County Plan at December 17th Open House
  • A Sustainable Model to Address Rural Housing Shortage
  • 2020 UERPC Legislative Event Held
  • Praise for Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund
  • Employee Spotlight: Casey Meyer
  • New at IowaWORKS
  • Free Beat the Blues Winter "Marathon" Challenge Starts January 1st!
  • Shifting Trends in Where Millennials Want to Live
  • Study of Financial Hardship in Iowa
  • December 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Try These Winter Boredom Busters
  • Reminder:  UERPC offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th, Wednesday, December 25th and Wednesday, January 1st

❄ HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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Public invited to give feedback for "All In Allamakee" county plan at Dec. 17th open house

Posted: Wed, December 4, 2019

The next public-engagement meeting for the “All In Allamakee” plan, Allamakee County’s Comprehensive Plan update, will be on Tuesday, December 17th at the Waukon Wellness Center’s Senior Center (1220 3rd Avenue NW) from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The open-house format allows people to come and go as they please whenever works for them during the four hours. Light refreshments will be provided.

The planning process so far has featured a community survey and community visioning workshops in Lansing, Postville, and Waukon. The upcoming open-house will be a round-robin-style meeting where community members are invited to review and discuss information on specific topics and provide feedback to help identify solutions and strategies for the future.

Contact Aaron Detter with any questions at 563-382-6171 ext. 1203 or adetter@uerpc.org.

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UERPC November 2019 Newsletter

Posted: Mon, November 18, 2019

The UERPC 2019 November Newsletter is here!

Highlights include:

  • UERPC Attends Growing Sustainable Communities Conference
  • City of Oelwein Awarded CDBG Water/Sewer Grant
  • Update on Jes Wegner's "What Would You Do With $1,000?" Project
  • We Appreciate You SO Much, Walking and Biking School Bus Volunteers!
  • Employee Spotlight: Lee Balik
  • "Time is Money" Presentation at Upcoming City Clerk's Meeting
  • Another Successful Northeast Iowa STEM Festival
  • November 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Pick Healthy Sides for the Holidays
  • Reminder:  UERPC offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th for the Thanksgiving Holiday
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Give input for Iowa DOT Transit Plan

Posted: Tue, October 22, 2019

The Iowa Department of Transportation is seeking input for their public transit long-range plan. The survey and information about the plan can be found at https://iowadot.gov/iowainmotion/Modal-Plans/Public-Transit-Plan. Everyone is encouraged to take the survey. It will be open through November 1.

Please feel free to share with others in your community.

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UERPC October 2019 Newsletter

Posted: Mon, October 21, 2019

The UERPC 2019 October Newsletter is here!

Highlights include:

  • Oelwein Intermediary Relending Program Recently Established
  • Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival is October 24, 2019
  • Transportation Policy Board Adopts Revamped Transportation Plan for Region
  • Census 2020: What's at Stake
  • Free Collection of Local Pavement Data to Change from 2-year to 4-year Cycle
  • Employee Spotlight: Kim Vorwald
  • UERPC Presents on Safe Routes at Iowa Cancer Summit
  • UERPC Enjoys Staff Outing at Yellow River State Forest
  • UERPC Joins Thousands of Iowans for Healthiest State Walk
  • Walk to School Day Celebrated in Northeast Iowa
  • October 5-2-1-0 Feature: Healthiest State Month
  • Reminder:  UERPC offices will be closed on Monday, November 11th to honor Veteran's Day
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UERPC September 2019 Newsletter

Posted: Mon, September 16, 2019

The UERPC 2019 August Newsletter is here!

Highlights include:

  • City of Guttenberg and City of St. Olaf Awarded CDBG Water/Sewer Grant
  • Draft Long-Range Transportation Plan Available for Public Review
  • Future Ready Iowa Summit to be Held in Postville
  • Bike Safety Education for Youth
  • Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Applications 
  • Employee Spotlight:  Mary Fitch
  • Regional Business Input Sought
  • Walking and Biking School Buses Ramping Up
  • Annual Iowa Downtown Conference Held
  • September 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Get Ready for Walk to School Day!
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RPA-1 regional transportation plan available for public review

Posted: Tue, September 3, 2019

The draft long-range, multimodal transportation plan for RPA-1, Safe Mobility for Everyone, is available for public review on UERPC's website. The RPA-1 Policy Board will hold a public hearing and consider adoption of the plan at its upcoming meeting on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at UERPC's offices in Postville, located at 134 West Greene Street.

Comments may be submitted via the comment form on the webpage linked above. Written or verbal comments may also be submitted to Aaron Detter, UERPC, 325 Washington Street, Suite A, Decorah, IA 52101, by email at adetter@uerpc.org, or by phone at 563-382-6171. Comments must be received before September 19, 2019.

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UERPC August 2019 Newsletter

Posted: Thu, August 15, 2019

The UERPC 2019 August Newsletter is here!

Highlights include:

  • 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! Campaign Expands
  • Request for Exhibitors at STEM Festival in Elkader
  • Upcoming Calmar Business Workforce Alliance
  • Get Registered for the 2019 Healthiest State Walk
  • Employee Spotlight:  Mariana Vega
  • It’s Walking and Biking School Bus Time
  • Allamakee County Promotional Video Released
  • August 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Tips to Build a Healthy Lunch
  • Reminder:  UERPC offices will be closed on Monday, September 2nd

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NO LONGER AVAILABLE: Job Opening- Community Housing Associate

Posted: Tue, July 30, 2019

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission has a job opening for a full-time Community Housing Associate. The Community Housing Associate will work under the general direction of the Housing Department Head and will be responsible for providing community development administrative and technical assistance to Upper Explorerland and its individual member cities and counties. This position works primary with federally funded programs designed to assist low income homeowners and first-time home buyers with housing rehabilitation projects within the five-county region served by Upper Explorerland. The Community Housing Associate assists with all aspects of administering grant programs within the Housing Department, including, but not limited to, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Program, Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) and Federal Home Loan Bank.

Please submit resume and references to: Katie Nolte, Housing Department Head, 134 W. Greene St., Postville, IA 52162 or email to knolte@uerpc.org. Upper Explorerland is an EEO/EEP employer. 

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NO LONGER AVAILABLE: Job Opening- Career Assistant

Posted: Tue, July 30, 2019

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission has a job opening for a full-time Career Assistant. The Career Assistant will administer services through the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity (WIOA) Act, which include: Provide customer service and basic employment/unemployment assistance to IowaWORKS customers; Refer customers to community and workforce programs/services; Provide administrative and program assistance to workforce staff. Qualifications include: Associate’s Degree in human services field; or Associate’s Degree in Administrative/Office Management with combined experience in social services; Proficient with web-based programs and Google Chrome/G Suite.

Please submit resume and references to: Lisa Curtin, WIOA Title I Director, 312 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA 52101 or email to lisa.curtin@iwd.iowa.gov. Upper Explorerland is an EEO/EEP employer. 

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The UERPC July 2019 Newsletter is here!

Posted: Mon, July 15, 2019

Check out the newsletter to learn more about:

-City of West Union Awarded CDBG Water/Sewer Grant

-UERPC Receives EDA Planning Investment Award for Region

-Food and Fitness and Iowa Food Hub Update

-2020 Census Job Openings

-"Grow With US" Project Sprouts Young Gardeners

-Employee Spotlight:  Heidi Hackman

-New ICOG Executive Board Members Announced

-Introducing 5-2-1-0 in the Workplace

-Iowa 9 Black Hawk Bridge Update

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Public invited to comment on proposals for Black Hawk (IA-9) Bridge in Lansing

Posted: Thu, July 11, 2019

The Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation held a joint public information meeting in Lansing on July 9 to discuss the Iowa 9 (Black Hawk) bridge over the Mississippi River. Information about the project, proposed alignments and bridge designs, environmental information and more is available on Iowa DOT’s website. Members of the public are invited to review the information and provide feedback and comments. Visit https://www.tinyurl.com/yynepawg to review project information and submit comments.

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July 9 Technical Committee meeting location change

Posted: Mon, July 8, 2019

The July 9th meeting of the RPA-1 Technical Committee will be held at Upper Explorerland's Decorah offices, at 325 Washington Street, Suite A. This is due to a scheduling conflict at the Winneshiek Count Offices.

Contact Aaron Detter with any questions at 563-382-6171 or adetter@uerpc.org

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Black Hawk Bridge Informational Meeting July 9

Posted: Wed, June 19, 2019

The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) invites members of the public to attend an informational meeting regarding the proposed improvements on the Iowa 9 (Black Hawk) bridge. The meeting will be on July 9, 2019 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Kee High School, 569 Center Street in Lansing.

Details of the proposed project will be presented and Iowa DOT and consultant representatives will be available to discuss the project informally. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend to express their views and ask questions about the proposed project.

The meeting room is accessible for persons with disabilities. However, if you require special accommodations at the meeting, please notify Krista Billhorn at krista.billhorn@iowadot.us or 641-422-9447.

Those who have any comments or questions prior to the meeting, or are not able to attend, should contact Krista Billhorn or refer to the Iowa DOT’s website, which is periodically updated as new information becomes available: www.iowadot.gov/pim. If you would like to make a comment regarding this project, please visit: http://bit.ly/iowadot2723.

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The UERPC June 2019 Newsletter is here!

Posted: Mon, June 17, 2019

Check out the newsletter to learn more about:

-Fayette Tries to Beat the Battle of Closing Businesses

-Housing Trust Fund Awards $20,000 in City Grants

-Outdoor Hospital Lobby Debuts in West Union

-UERPC Educates Hundreds of 2nd Graders on Bike Safety

-Employee Spotlight:  Kayla Miller

-New IowaWORKS Employment Services System Launched

-UERPC Participates in Outdoor Learning Environments Program

-The Wheels on the Biking School Bus Go 'Round and 'Round

-REMINDER:  UERPC offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th

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NO LONGER AVAILABLE: Job Opening- Assistant Finance Manager

Posted: Tue, June 11, 2019

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission has a job opening for a full-time Assistant Finance Manager. Under general supervision, the Assistant Finance Manager will assist with a variety of day to day accounting and administrative duties as well as monthly, quarterly and fiscal year end closes. The ideal candidate will have experience in payroll and payroll tax reporting, account reconciliation, accounts payable, accounts receivable, invoice and billing, budget review, journal entries, general ledger and annual audits. Working closely with the Finance Director, the candidate will also provide administrative assistance that includes coding invoices, making deposits, preparing reports and spreadsheets, ordering supplies, etc. We're looking for a candidate who has a strong attention to detail, good communication skills and a solid understanding of generally accepted accounting principles; knowledge of Uniform Grants Guidance and local government accounting a plus. A Bachelors degree in Accounting or Finance required. Qualified applicants should also be proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and have a good driving record. Great benefit package.

Upper Explorerland is an EEO/EEP employer. Please submit resume and cover letter to:  Karen Cooper, Finance Director, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA 52101 or email to kcooper@uerpc.org.

 

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2013 Ford Fusion SE For Sale

Posted: Thu, May 30, 2019

UERPC is seeking car bids for a 2013 Ford Fusion SE, 2.5L 6-speed transmission, 120,000 highway miles, bordeaux exterior, four-door, charcoal black cloth interior, air bags, cruise control, power doors and window locks, very clean.

Minimum bid is $8,700. 

Sealed bids due on June 14, 2019 at 12:00 (noon) to Rachelle Howe, UERPC, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA  52101.  Do not need to be present at opening.  Will let bidders know by June 17th.

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Job Opening- Community Housing Coordinator

Posted: Tue, May 28, 2019

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission has a job opening for a Community Housing Coordinator. The Community Housing Coordinator is a full-time position working under direction of the Housing Department Head to implement programs serving the low-income, disabled, and elderly population of a 5-county geographic area. This position will work primarily with the HUD Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Section 8 program and other programs and special projects as assigned. The essential job functions will include processing applicant files, determining program eligibility, managing applicant waitlist, and conducting rental unit inspections. This position requires strong written and oral communication skills, the ability to interpret and apply complex federal program regulations, excellent decision-making skills and the ability to work efficiently, accurately, and independently. A two- or four-year degree or a combination or related experience and education is preferred.  

Upper Explorerland is an EEO/EEP employer.  Please submit resume and cover letter to:  Rachelle Howe, Executive Director 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA 52101 or email to rhowe@uerpc.org

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The UERPC October 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, October 19, 2020

The UERPC October 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/f96982376c0a/uerpc-august-2020-newsletter-3317734

Highlights include:

  • Happy "Walk"tober from UERPC!
  • Iowa Workforce Development Information
  • Food Hub Helps Farmers, Pantry Clients During Market Closure
  • REMINDER:  UERPC is Open
  • NOTICE:  UERPC offices will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day
  • Employee Spotlight:  Valerie Reinke
  • Make Your Voice Heard--Vote!
  • Safe at Work Information and Business Helpline
  • October 5-2-1-0 Feature:  It's Healthiest State Month!

 

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The UERPC September 2020 Newsletter is here!

Posted: Mon, September 21, 2020

The UERPC September 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/c345401f2d53/uerpc-september-2020-newsletter-3294762 

Highlights include:

  • EDA Award Allows UERPC to Add New Monies to Current RLF
  • UERPC Receives Community Facilities TAT Grant
  • Limited In-person Services Now Offered by IowaWORKS
  • Dedicated Maynard Walking School Bus Volunteer Featured in Oelwein Daily Register
  • Employee Spotlight:  Karen Cooper
  • UERPC Announces New Housing Department Head
  • Lost Wage Assistance Now Available
  • Virtual Live Business Summit 2020:  Culture of Service, the Zappos Story
  • Walk to School Day is October 7th
  • Family Business Forum to Launch Breakfast Series
  • UERPC Featured as Iowa Safe Routes to School Guest Blogger
  • September 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Try Healty Back-to-school Snacks

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Updated Statewide Public Transit Long-range Plan Released

Posted: Mon, September 14, 2020

The Iowa Department of Transportation has recently released an update to the Iowa Public Transit Long-range Plan.

The Iowa Public Transit Long-range Plan update has been under development over the last 18 months, including researching the historical trends in demographics and passenger transportation usage, forecasting future projected needs within the public transit system, and devising strategies to address challenges.

Please visit https://iowadot.gov/iowainmotion/Modal-Iowa Public Transit Long Range Plan for more information.

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Job Opening- Community Housing Assistant

Posted: Mon, August 31, 2020

The Community Housing Assistant will represent our organization being the first line of contact with visitors. Responsible for providing community development, administrative, and technical assistance to Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) including answering incoming phone calls, assisting individuals with questions, maintaining a strong inventory of office supplies, and assisting housing staff with projects. Other duties include assisting in oversight of two low rent apartment complexes. The candidate should have a strong attention to detail, good communication skills and ability to multitask efficiently. Basic knowledge of computer skills including Microsoft Word, Publisher, and Excel are recommended. Qualifications: Associates Degree or an equivalent combination of training and experience in administrative or clerical.  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   EOE

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