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Winter Marathon

Posted: Fri, January 5, 2018

Don’t forget to keep track of your outdoor activity time/miles now through March 3rd for your chance to win a fun raffle prize!

More Information at: https://walkneiowa.org/winter-marathon/

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UERPC December Newsletter

Posted: Thu, December 14, 2017

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

  • Iowa Finance Authority Awards Funding to Housing Programs
  • Board Spotlight - Jon King
  • Beat the Blues Winter Marathon Starts January 7th
  • National Registered Apprenticeship Week
  • Luther senior Pulliam worked with displaced workers at IowaWORKS
  • Allamakee County Housing Survey
  • How do I prevent holiday stress?
  • Oh, The Weather Outside is... Delightful!
  • UERPC Holiday Hours
  • SAVE THE DATE: Discuss Legislative Priorities
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A Special UERPC Holiday Greeting

Posted: Mon, December 11, 2017

During this holiday season, we take time to reflect upon the good things we have, like our partnership with you!  Our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our success possible.  We appreciate working with you and hope that the holidays and the coming year will bring you happiness and success.  It is in this spirit that we say thank you and best wishes for the holidays and New Year.  Please take a few moments and enjoy our holiday word find below.

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UERPC November Newsletter

Posted: Wed, November 22, 2017

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

  • Living in the Middle of Everywhere - Trasportation Summit
  • Board Spotlight - Adam Weigand
  • Disability Awareness Month
  • Building a Healthy and Productive Workforce
  • Decorah Selected for 2018 Community Visioning Program
  • Iowa Cancer Plan
  • Governor Reynolds Announces Statewide Childhood Health Capaign
  • Walking Past Cancer
  • Building Remediation and Redevelopment
  • Preservation Iowa 2018 Most Endangered Properties
  • UERPC offices are closed both Nov. 23rd and 24th in observation of Thanksgiving

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UERPC October Newsletter

Posted: Mon, October 16, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • Board Spotlight Kristie Wiltgen
  • Winneshiek County Named Home Base Iowa Community
  • Progressive Walking Supper
  • UERPC Staff Host Training and Team Building Event
  • NEIA Transportation Summit
  • National Walking Summit
  • UERPC offices closed in observation of Veterans Day on November 10th.
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Transportation Summit

Posted: Thu, October 12, 2017

Just a reminder to register for the upcoming Transportation Summit on October 18th at NICC-Wilder Center.

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UERPC September Newsletter

Posted: Mon, September 18, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Governor visits Northeast Iowa Region
  • Employee Spotlight - Amanda Judd
  • Enjoy a Walk This Fall
  • Congratulations Calmar!
  • UERPC travels to St. Paul for the National Walking Summit
  • Register to Exhibit at a Northeast Iowa STEM Festival
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Community Transportation Needs Assessment

Posted: Mon, September 18, 2017

Please take a few moments to complete a community transportation needs survey.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JNHGG23.  The information collected through this survey will help our region’s Passenger Transportation Advisory Group understand your issues and needs, and work to address them through the region's Passenger Transportation Plan. The deadline to participate in this survey is Friday, Sept. 29th. 

Thank you!

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Agency Transportation Needs Assessment

Posted: Mon, September 18, 2017

If you are an agency, business or organization in Northeast Iowa that coordinates client transportation or has clients with transportation needs please take a moment to complete the 2017 Agency Transportation Needs Assessment.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JNJRTJV.  The information collected through this survey will help our region’s Passenger Transportation Advisory Group understand your issues and needs, and work to address them through the region's Passenger Transportation Plan. Your input will also allow for a more thorough knowledge of available resources in the area.

The deadline to participate in this survey is Friday, Sept. 29th.  Thank you!

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October 18th NE Iowa Transportation Summit: Living in the Middle of Everywhere

Posted: Mon, September 18, 2017

The regional Transportation Advisory Group has worked with EARL Public Transit and Upper Explorerland to plan a regional Transportation Summit on October 18th at NICC (Calmar).  NICC is a partner for the event and has provided the Wilder Business Center location, and funds were granted by ITC to assist with planning and implementation.  Two keynote speakers and 9 best practice speakers will shed light on transportation concerns and solutions for NE Iowa.  We invite regional stakeholders in economic development, transportation, workforce, tourism, education, non-profit/services, and recreation to attend the event to engage in a discussion of how transportation supports economic development and quality of life for area residents.  Visit the following websites to register and learn more:

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/163179337567902/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A5%2C%22page_id_source%22%3A175314592497275%2C%22action_history%22%3A%5b%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A175314592497275%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C%22%3Anull%7D%22%7D%5d%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAvtuJaSAC72ltMYebgAc8ihAD8h_m6VpFlYoNqQf0F3CQTw/viewform

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UERPC August Newsletter

Posted: Tue, August 22, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Notice of FEMA Funds Availablility
  • STEM Festival held on October 12th in Oelwein
  • Small Town Sign Replacement Program
  • Board Spotlight - Patrick Murray
  • Gov. Reynolds announces SBA disaster assistance for 7 storm-damaged counties
  • Iowa Downtown Conference
  • Get your walking and riding legs ready
  • UERPC offices CLOSED Monday, September 4th for Labor Day
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UERPC July Newsletter

Posted: Mon, July 17, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • County View Dairy Yogurt Served at the US Open
  • Board Spotlight-Jeremy Jostand
  • Nuisance Property and Abandoned Building Remediation Program
  • UERPC Awarded Grant
  • IEDA awards CDBG funds
  • Iowa Walking College Update
  • NEIRHTF Accepting Applications
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UERPC June Newsletter

Posted: Mon, June 19, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Walk More Connect More
  • Employee Spotlight-Ashley Stanbrough
  • NAHRO Awards
  • 2018-2022 TIP draft is open for review
  • Bike Rodeo Event
  • Allamakee County Economic Development and Tourism and Upper Explorerland Join Forces
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UERPC May Newsletter

Posted: Mon, May 15, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Candidate Class Held
  • Board Spotlight-Janell Bradley
  • Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative
  • Thank you RSVP Program
  • Walk Northeast Iowa
  • Clayton County Conservation Board Seeks Feedback
  • NE Iowa Family STEM Festival
  • WCDI Biz Booster/Ag-Mini Grant
  • Save the Date-City Clerk Meeting
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Clayton County Conservation Board Community Park User Survey

Posted: Fri, May 12, 2017

Clayton County Conservation Board is seeking input from area residents regarding their use of park and trail facilities in Clayton County.  Please take a moment to complete the survey, which can be found at the following web link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017CCCBParkUserSurvey.  The feedback provided will be used to set goals for future park, trail and open space expansion, improvement and protection.   Thank you!

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2009 Chevy Impala For Sale

Posted: Wed, May 3, 2017

UERPC is seeking car bids for a 2009 Chevy Impala, LS 3.5L V6 package, 4-speed transmission, 122,000 highway miles, white exterior, four-door, cloth interior, air bags, cruise control, power doors and window locks, very clean. Minimum bid is $5,500.  Sealed bids due on May 19, 2017 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 May 26th.

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UERPC April 2017 Newsletter

Posted: Mon, April 17, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Senator Ernst Visits UERPC
  • Board Spotlight-Elizabeth Jaster
  • Candidate Class to be Held
  • Audit Complete
  • The Business Workforce Alliance Luncheon
  • CDBG Water/Sewer Awards Announced
  • UERPC's April Bril awarded Iowa Walking College Fellowship
  • Safe Routes to School
  • Clayton County Job Fair
  • Great Give Day
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UERPC March 2017 Newsletter

Posted: Mon, March 20, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • City of Oelwein Fix and Flip Housing Loan Program
  • Employee Spotlight Valerie Reinke
  • Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival
  • Emerging Technology: Pollutant Removal Systems for Municipal and Industrial Wastewater
  • Clayton County Job Fair
  • UERPC Wellness Day
  • UERPC to Update their Transportation Planning Work Program
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UERPC February 2017 Newsletter

Posted: Fri, February 17, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Legislative Breakfast
  • Board Spotlight - Megan Kohr
  • ICOG Launches New Logo
  • 2017 NE Iowa Family STEM Festival
  • Community Walks
  • WSB Takes Hollywood by Storm
  • Iowa Walking College
  • ITC Midwest partners with NIBN
  • Iowa's New Way To Connect for Shared Rides
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UERPC January 2017 Newsletter

Posted: Wed, January 18, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • UERPC Legislative Event
  • Board Spotlight-Jill Halverson
  • Construction Simulator Open House
  • Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program
  • UERPC Board Changes
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UERPC December Newsletter

Posted: Mon, December 19, 2016

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Wellmark Foundation Awarding Grants
  • Employee Spotlight-Karen Cooper
  • Beat the Blues Winter Marathon Challenge
  • Oelwein Housing Study Completed
  • Inspired Magazine article
  • Clayton County Housing Study Wrapping Up
  • State Housing Trust Fund Grants to Spur Affordable Housing
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UERPC November Newsletter

Posted: Mon, November 21, 2016

Some of the headlines you can read about:

  • Housing Summit Held in Calmar
  • Board Member Spotlight-Randee Koenig
  • Winter Travel Information
  • Community Glow Walk
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UERPC October Newsletter

Posted: Mon, October 17, 2016

Some of the headlines you can read about:

  • Apprenticeship Opportunities
  • Board Spotlight-Patti Ruff
  • Disaster Funding Available
  • NEIRHTF Accepting Applications
  • Daylight Savings
  • Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program
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UERPC September Newsletter

Posted: Mon, September 19, 2016

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Bank of the West Donation to the NEIRHTF
  • UERPC Board Spotlight-Larry Schellhammer
  • Clayton County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigan Plan approved
  • Candidate Class Cancelled
  • SBA Offers Disaster Assistance
  • NE IA Clerk's Meeting and Workshop
  • Rural Business Development Grant
  • Victims of Flooding
  • Alliant Energy Rebates
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Bank of the West Charitable Investment Grant

Posted: Wed, August 24, 2016

A grant from Bank of the West’s Charitable Investments program, was awarded to Upper Explorerland’s Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) on behalf of Winneshiek County Development, Inc., in the amount of $4,000 to benefit the organization's housing programs throughout northeast Iowa. The NEIRHTF serves all of Allamakee, Clayton, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties. The goal of this program is to develop, redevelop, rehabilitate, and renovate single-family and/or multi-family owner-occupied and rental dwellings. These funds can be used for roof repair, furnace repair and replacement, energy efficiency updates, electrical and plumbing, handicap accessibility, homebuyer assistance, etc.
 
For more information about the program, please contact Lori Brockway or Sarah Snitker at 563-864-7551 or by visiting http://uerpc.org/housing-trust-fund.html

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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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