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Region I RWIB/CEO Board Meeting

Posted: Mon, January 13, 2014
REGION I RWIB/CEO BOARD MEETING

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

 "Workforce Partners - Helping Iowa Work"
 
MEETING AGENDA (video conference & conference call)

In Person Video Conference Call - You may attend at either site
- Dubuque Site: Town Clock Center-Dubuque: Board Room#104
- Waukon Site: Waukon: ICN room #112

OR

Call in Information:
- All Participants dial: 1-866-685-1580
- Conference code: 0009991840#

CALL TO ORDER
1.    Welcome - Sally Falb, Chair
2.    Roll Call/ Call for Quorum - Sharon Nesteby
3.    Oath of Office of Ann Hart - Ron Koppes/Sally Falb
(Notary Present - Sue Severson in Waukon)

BOARD DISCUSSION AND ACTION
4.    Consider Approval of Agenda - Sally
5.    Approval of RWIB/CEO minutes of Oct. 22, 2013 -     Sally
6.    Approval of CSP Modification- Fern/Ron
7.    Approval of Certified Training Provider - Fern     
a.    NICC - Class C Commercial Driver's License CDL
PRESENTATION
8.    Youth Career Connect Grant - Sue Stork, NICC
a.    Letter of Support - RWIB Chair-Sally
BOARD REPORTS
9.    RIWB Chair Update - Sally
10.    State Liaison Update - Ted Harms
11.    IowaWORKS Reports - Fern, Ron & Marla
12.    Legislative Update - Ron

FLOOR ITEMS/CLOSURE
13.    Next Meeting - April 15, 2014
a.    2014 Meeting Schedule -
July 15, 2014
October 21, 2014
14.    Adjournment

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UERPC Board Meeting Agenda

Posted: Wed, January 8, 2014

UPPER EXPLORERLAND REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION BOARD MEETING
UERPC CONFERENCE ROOM, 134 WEST GREENE STREET, POSTVILLE, IA
January 30, 2014; 3:00 P.M.
MEETING AGENDA

CALL TO ORDER
1. Welcome - Randy
2. Roll Call/ Call for Quorum - Diana
3. Approval of Agenda

PRESENTATION
Don Snitker - Fiscal Year 2013 Audit

BOARD ACTION
1. Consider approval of Nomination Committee recommendations/slate of officers- Randy/Bill/Leon
2. Consider approval of check signatories - Lisa Lensing
3. Consider approval of UERPC Board Minutes from October 17, 2013
4. Consider approval of Quarterly Disbursements - Lisa Lensing
5. Consider approval FY'15 Cost Allocation - Lisa Lensing
6. Consider approval of Treasurer's Reports - Lisa Lensing/Sue Severson
7. Executive Board Meeting Report - Randy Uhl
8. Consider approval of addition to the personal policy for wellness - Rachelle/committee

BOARD INFORMATION AND DISCUSSION; STATUS REPORTS
9. UERPC Board Seat Appointments - Rachelle Howe
10. Board forms - conflict of interest policy and membership agreement- Rachelle Howe
11. Litigation Update - Randy Uhl
12. Executive Director's Report/Update - Rachelle Howe
13. Floor Items

CLOSURE
14. Next Meeting - April 17, 2014 (or as called by Chair)
15. Adjournment
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2014 Bike Rack Challenge

Posted: Wed, December 18, 2013
The "2014 Bike Rack Challenge" will take place January 2014 - May 2014 and challenges Northeast Iowa Industrial Tech students to construct a bike rack for their school or a local business, library or park. Students will have a chance to win welding gear…including a BRAND NEW WELDING HELMET! Click below for more information. See if your school district is signed up by contacting Ashley Christensen, Regional Safe Routes to School Liaison, at achristensen@uerpc.org or 563-382-6171.

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UERPC December Newsletter

Posted: Mon, December 16, 2013
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • Christmas Giving....UERPC Style
  • Employee Spotlight, Mary Rosonke
  • Iowa Landlords Encouraged to List Rental Properties on New Website
  • Discuss Legislative Priorities
  • 0% Interest Economic Development Loan Funds Available
  • Increased Deer Movement Means Extra Caution Needed on Iowa Roadways
  • IowaWorks Did You Know......
  • Iowa Finance Authority Awards more than $7.5 million to Local Housing Trust Funds
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Snow and Bitterly Cold Weather Could Combine for Tricky Driving This Weekend

Posted: Fri, December 6, 2013
Although the forecast only calls for a few inches of snow over most of Iowa this weekend, motorists haven't had a lot of practice this year driving in winter weather, and frigid temperatures could make becoming stranded in a vehicle very dangerous. The Iowa Department of Transportation's snow plows will be out spreading anti-icing chemicals and clearing roads where necessary. Motorists should use extra caution and follow these tips to drive more safely during winter weather.

Know before you go. If your trip cannot be postponed until the weather improves, log on to discover all the ways in which you can receive 24/7 Iowa travel information at http://511ia.org/.

Use your vehicle's safety equipment. Make sure you and your passengers are wearing their seatbelts or are in a child safety seat. Your vehicle's headlights are a valuable asset when driving in winter weather. Turn them on to see and be seen.

Fill your vehicle's gas tank. Before traveling in winter weather, always keep your vehicle's gas tank nearly full and make sure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition.

Never use cruise control during winter weather. Your vehicle's cruise control sensors may not work properly if the tires are traveling on packed snow or ice. This can cause your vehicle to increase its speed, placing you at greater risk of getting involved in a crash.

Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle. This kit should contain items to help sustain your life and the lives of your passengers should your vehicle become stranded. These items can include: booster cables, candles and matches, a flashlight with fresh batteries, extra blankets and warm clothes, nonperishable food items, a can for melting water, and a snow shovel. Sufficient supplies should be in the kit for all persons traveling in the vehicle. Carrying a mobile phone in your vehicle is also advised for use during an emergency.

Use caution when approaching or following a snowplow. Snowplows generally operate at much slower speeds than other traffic. Snowplows can be forced sideways when clearing hard-packed drifts and generate a "snow cloud" that may impair the vision of drivers in nearby vehicles. Remain a safe distance behind the snowplow, pass only when clear; and never continue to drive alongside a plow. Allow plenty of space when passing the snowplow because the wing of the plow blade extends out to the side of the truck. Do not cut back into the lane of traffic too closely in front of a snowplow truck because the blade also extends in front of the truck. Remember the slogans, "Ice and Snow …Take It Slow" and "Don't crowd the plow."
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A UERPC Christmas Greeting.......

Posted: Wed, December 4, 2013
As the year ends, we think about all we are grateful for. Our partnership with you is one thing we treasure. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. We wish you a Merry Christmas and much success in the new year.  Please enjoy our video below......

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Iowa Law Changes Coming Jan. 1 for Iowa's Teen Drivers

Posted: Wed, December 4, 2013
Motor vehicle crashes kill more teenagers than anything else. With parents' help, two changes to Iowa's graduated driver's license system taking effect Jan. 1, 2014, are tools that can be used to keep kids safe behind the wheel and work to save their lives.

Longer instruction time behind the wheel: Statistics show that increased supervised experience behind the wheel helps young drivers develop safer driving habits. The first change in the Iowa law increases the time a young driver is required to carry an instruction permit to 12 months, up from the current six months, before they can apply for an intermediate license. The new law gives drivers twice the amount of time behind the wheel to learn from an experienced driver. It also allows for that driving practice to take place across all driving conditions and seasons. This law goes into effect for all young drivers applying for an intermediate license after Jan. 1, 2014.

Reduced distractions: We all want our kids to have friends, but piling those friends in the car with your 16-year-old driver is a recipe for disaster. Data proves that the first six months of driving without an adult is the most dangerous for teen drivers. To reduce the risk an unsupervised young driver with an intermediate license will be limited to one unrelated minor passenger during the first six months that child has a license. (A child driving with adult supervision is not subject to this limit.) Parents can waive this restriction, but only at the time the intermediate license is issued. This will apply to all intermediate licenses issued after Jan. 1, 2014.
 
The new law also limits a young driver with a minor school license to one unrelated minor passenger when driving without adult supervision. Unlike the intermediate license restriction, this restriction applies as long as the young driver holds a minor school license. This part of the law also becomes effective Jan. 1, 2014, and applies to all persons holding a minor school license, even if the license was issued before Jan. 1, 2014.
 
An unrelated minor child is defined as someone that is not your brother or sister, step-brother or sister, or a child living in your household. The definition of adult supervisor as it relates to this mandate means your parent, guardian, or custodian; an immediate family member at least 21 years of age, a driver education instructor, or a person at least 25 years old with written permission from your parent, guardian, or custodian. They must sit in the front passenger seat while you are driving.
 
These changes to Iowa's driver's license system are designed to keep us all safer and contribute to the overall goal of zero fatalities on Iowa's highways.
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USDA Announces Additional Support to Help Schools Buy Local

Posted: Wed, November 20, 2013
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday announced grants for 71 projects spanning 42 states and the District of Columbia that support the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through its Farm to School Program. A partnership between the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (NIFF) and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) were lucky to be one of the recipients.

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UERPC November Newsletter

Posted: Mon, November 18, 2013
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • UERPC Board Attend Training
  • Employee Spotlight-Ashley Christianson
  • IowaWORKS Did You Know....
  • RPA1 Stakeholders Addressed DOT Commissioners on October 8th
  • "Fall" into Healthy Habits
  • Business Workforce Alliance Luncheon
  • Winter and the Novice Driver-Team Up with your Teen For Safe Driving
  • Quarantine of Firewood
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Health Care Reform Events

Posted: Wed, November 13, 2013
Below is information on a meeting which will be held in Elkader this Saturday at 10 am regarding healthcare reform.  If you can't make this meeting but would like to attend another, below is a link to a calendar with more meetings and dates throughout Iowa, as well as webinar information.  Please forward to those you think in your communities will benefit.
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Increased Deer Movement Means Extra Caution Needed on Iowa Roadways

Posted: Mon, November 4, 2013
This time of year it is not uncommon to see deer running beside Iowa's highways. Field and Stream.com (http://www.fieldandstream.com/rut-report) shows deer in many parts of Iowa are currently in the "seeking and chasing" phase of the annual rut. That means more animals on the move and more danger to motorists, especially at dusk and dawn when it is more difficult to see animals along the roadsides.

There is little a driver can do about deer movement, but to reach the goal of zero fatalities on Iowa highways drivers need to be more aware of deer habits to reduce the risk of coming in contact with deer. As of Oct. 15, Iowa Department of Transportation data shows, 3,279 drivers reported collisions with deer so far in 2013. These crashes resulted in four motorist deaths and an estimated 172 injuries. Since 2003, 70 people have died in Iowa as a result of motor vehicle crashes involving animals. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, each year nearly 200 fatalities nationwide are caused by deer-vehicle collisions.

If a deer runs into the path of your vehicle, not veering to avoid the animal greatly increases the chances of maintaining control of your vehicle. Most deer crash injuries and deaths result when drivers attempt to avoid the animal. This action often results in drivers losing control and colliding with other vehicles or running off the road.

When a deer is in the path of your vehicle, the driver of a vehicle (other than a motorcycle) should:
  • Brake firmly.
  • Steer to maintain control.
  • Stop safely within the lane or along the shoulder of the highway.
  • Use a safety belt to reduce the chance of personal injury.
The following motor vehicle driver tips will reduce the risk of deer crashes.
  • Slow down when you see a deer warning sign - pay greater attention.
  • Be especially careful driving at dawn and dusk.
  • Remember deer rutting season occurs in November and December, and deer are more mobile and less cautious.
  • Deer are more mobile during harvest and the hunting season.
  • Be most alert for the presence of deer at locations where three factors converge:
  • Food (corn fields or recently harvested corn fields).
  • Shelter (woods).
  • Water (streams, culverts and river crossings).
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For Immediate Release: Iowa Finance Authority Awards HOME Funds to UERPC for: Postville and West Union!

Posted: Fri, October 25, 2013

Upper Explorerland RPC is excited to announce that they are the recipients of HOME funds through Iowa Finance Authority. These funds will be used to assist 10 First Time Homebuyers with down payment and rehabilitation assistance in the Cities of Postville and West Union. The award of the HOME funds was matched with a local commitment from each of the cities.

Upper Explorerland RPC realizes first time homebuyers must make sacrifices to save enough for a down payment on a home, but for some it seems impossible to be able to find the funding to close on the desired home. With the award of the HOME funds homebuyers may receive up to $24,999 in assistance for rehabilitation and down payment assistance. The home must meet Iowa's Minimum Housing Standards upon completion. This program is an affordable way for homebuyers to realize their dream of homeownership. Assistance is in the form of a 10 year receding forgivable loan.

Applicant must be able to obtain financing in the form of a 15 year fully amortized, fixed-rate mortgage. No adjustable rate or balloon payments will be allowed. Homebuyer education classes are required please call 563-864-7551, ext. 111 to sign up.

Applications will be accepted beginning October 30, 2013.

If you are interested and meet the qualifications outlined above we would like to hear from you. Applications can be picked up at the City Halls in each of the above communities or by calling Upper Explorerland RPC, at 563-864-7551 ext. 111 or 101. TTY users call 1-800-735-2942. Relay call 7-1-1.

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Iowa DOT kicks off new statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Long-Range Plan

Posted: Fri, October 25, 2013

AMES, Iowa -Oct. 24, 2013 - The Iowa Department of Transportation is seeking public input into the development of a new statewide plan for bicycle and pedestrian transportation at six public input meetings and online. The Iowa DOT is committed to expanding opportunities and further improving conditions for bicycling and walking across the state. The new Bicycle and Pedestrian Long-Range Plan is a major step forward for this effort.


This plan will build upon the Iowa DOT's long-range strategy for multimodal transportation over the next three decades, Iowa in Motion -Planning Ahead 2040.The Bicycle and Pedestrian Long-Range Plan has three key objectives:


  • Align with national best practices, including the federal transportation funding bill called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) and national guidelines for trail development.


  • Develop a list of priorities to expand the trails system between and within cities.


  • Help state and local agencies to put the plan in place by providing tools for funding and design.


Upon its completion, this plan will serve as the primary guide for statewide decision-making regarding bicycle and pedestrian programs and facilities,including sidewalks, trails, bike lanes, paved shoulders, and other trail elements. It will also help achieve a better level of statewide coordination and continuity for all levels of bicycle and pedestrian mobility through regional, county, and city plans and programs.

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Staying Safe this Halloween

Posted: Fri, October 25, 2013
Halloween is one of the most dangerous days for pedestrians. Check out these Trick or Treating safety tips from the Cleveland Clinic, and have a spooktacular (and safe!) night!
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UERPC October Newsletter

Posted: Mon, October 21, 2013
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • White House Rural Council Hosts Forum on Regional Innovation
  • Employee Spotlight-Sarah Snitker
  • Audit Complete
  • Municipal Leadership Academy 2013-2014
  • Walk Your Heart Out
  • Safe Routes to School 2012-2013 Annual Report Now Available
  • IowaWorks-Did You Know?
  • Needs Assessment
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Youth Advisory Council Agenda 10/22/13

Posted: Tue, October 15, 2013
Please see below notice for more information.
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Region I RWIB/CEO Board Meeting Agenda 10/22/13

Posted: Tue, October 15, 2013
Please see below notice for more information.
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Municipal Leadership Academy 2013-2014

Posted: Mon, October 7, 2013
Both newly elected and experienced mayors, council members, city clerks and city administrators will benefit from attending the Municipal Leadership Academy.  The Municipal Leadership Academy provides municipal officials with a curriculum to assist them in effectively meeting the requirements of their office. The program offers a comprehensive overview of Iowa municipal government and is presented by the Iowa League of Cities, Institute of Public Affairs and Iowa State University Extension.

Topics covered during the series include:
  •     city finance and budgeting
  •     meeting procedures
  •     municipal law
  •     economic development
  •     ethics and fraud prevention
  •     nuisance abatement
  •     employment and personnel issues
  •     land use and zoning

Attending the Municipal Leadership Academy is one of the first steps a new city official should take toward success in public office. From open meetings to city finances, these sessions are designed to quickly bring new officials up to speed on municipal issues. Current elected or appointed city officials will also find incredible value in the up-to-date information on municipal operations and networking opportunities the sessions offer.

For more information or to sign up online, click here: https://www.iowaleague.org/MLA2013/Pages/MLA2013.aspx
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Be a "Walk Star" October 9th by Joining International Walk to School Day

Posted: Wed, October 2, 2013
Be a "walk star" by participating in International Walk to School Day Wednesday, Oct. 9. This fun, healthy, no-cost event encourages everyone - students, parents, teachers, community members, and organizations - to get out on sidewalks and trails. Participating with school children emphasizes the importance of increasing physical activity, teaching pedestrian safety, showing concern for the environment, reducing traffic congestion; and building connections between families, schools, and communities.
 
This year's International Walk to School Dayis expected to draw participation from more than 4,000 schools from all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.Walkers will unite with children and adults in 40 countries around the world.
 
This event is an opportunity for families with children who typically ride a school bus, but live in areas with bike-friendly paths to school, to try walking and bicycling to school. If students still need to ride a bus, many schools participate by arranging for school buses to drop off students at a nearby park or other safe location to finish the trip on foot. The drop-off option can also be used for students who are usually driven to school in private automobiles.
 
To get involved, register for the event at www.walkbiketoschool.org. The site includes a variety of useful information for parents and participating schools. Data collected from registrations will be used to make future programs stronger.
 
International Walk to School Day also encourages parents and community members to help schools conduct a walkability assessment of their neighborhoods. The Iowa Department of Public Health, through its Iowans Fit for Life Program, has developed a walkability checklist to help walkers assess what makes the walking environment inviting and safe, as well as identify existing barriers. After the assessment, school staff can help students become advocates for a more walkable community. The walkability assessment is available at www.idph.state.ia.us/iowansfitforlife/common/pdf/access_your_community.pdf
 
To encourage participation in Walk to School Day, the Iowa Department of Transportation has free materials available, including "I'm a walk star" stickers, erasers, and zipper pulls; and "Walk to School" pencils and sneaker stickers. To order any of these items, contact the Iowa Bicycle Coalition at alana@iowabicyclecoalition.org.
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White House Rural Council Hosts Forum on Regional Innovation

Posted: Tue, September 24, 2013
Rachelle Howe, Executive Director of Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission and Teresa Wiemerslage, ISU Extension and Outreach Region 4 Program Coordinator, recently attended Washington, D.C. to attend The White House Rural Council on Thursday, September 18th.  They met with officials from economic development districts, county governments and non-profit organizations to discuss ways to replicate successful regional economic development strategies.

The pair attended the meeting representing the Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative.  Invited organizations were nominated by each state's USDA Rural Development Director and were selected because of their innovative approaches and partnerships to support economic development in rural areas.
 
"Innovative regional development can work especially well in rural areas because it helps communities share resources across boundaries such as county and state lines," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. "By focusing on one or a few common sectors, regional development can produce greater economic returns."

The forum at the White House Eisenhower Executive Office Building is the second on regional economic development. The first was held in June 2012. Vilsack, who chairs the White House Rural Council, delivered the keynote address at this forum.

The White House Rural Council coordinates the Obama Administration's efforts in rural America by improving the effectiveness of federal programs. It works with public and private-sector partners on new ways to solve problems.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) commitment to regional economic development spans several department wide initiatives. The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative coordinates the Department's work on local and regional food systems to grow regional economies, preserve regional agricultural heritage and create additional opportunities for regional farmers and ranchers. USDA's Strike Force Initiative for Rural Growth and Opportunity aligns USDA resources to promote economic stability, job opportunities and regional growth in targeted high poverty areas. It leverages efforts with the private sector and community partners.

For more information on these initiatives and to read success stories, visit www.usda.gov.
During the forum, Vilsack announced the selection of 186 projects for USDA Rural Development loans and grants to support economic development in rural communities. The funding is being provided through the Community Facilities program, the Intermediary Relending Program, the Rural Business Opportunity Grant Program and the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program.

Funding for each award is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement. In total, Vilsack announced more than $27 million in support for regional and economic development projects in 32 states and the District of Columbia. USDA remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. This announcement is one part of the Department's overall efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

President Obama's plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President's leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way - strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA's investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Secretary Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has a portfolio of programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.
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Fall Harvest Season Brings Increased Farm Equipment Movement

Posted: Mon, September 23, 2013
Iowa's wet spring and very dry summer have made for an interesting growing season. With harvest around the corner, motorists will soon be sharing the road with farm vehicles. The Iowa Department of Transportation is urging motorists and farm vehicle operators to exercise caution during the movement of slow-moving equipment on Iowa's roadways.
 
Already in 2013, there have been 79 crashes with farm equipment causing five deaths. Data for 2012 shows a total of 176 crashes involved farm equipment. Those crashes resulted in 12 fatalities, 11 major injuries, 37 minor injuries, and 36 other possible injuries.
 
"For too long we have all accepted that highway fatalities are inevitable," said Jeremey Vortherms, Iowa DOT state safety engineer. "But if you think about a realistic traffic fatality goal for your family, wouldn't that goal be zero? If we all work together to buckle up, eliminate distractions and drive alert, we can drastically reduce the number of fatalities on the road and work to achieve a goal of zero fatalities."
 
Tips for motorists
•    Give your full attention to the driving task and watch for slow-moving vehicles. Do not text and drive.
•    Put additional space between your vehicle and those ahead. At this time of the year, the sun can be blinding to drivers during sunrise and sunset. The added space helps you safely maneuver if there is a sudden stop, turn, or a slow-moving vehicle ahead.
•    Be patient and do not assume the equipment operator can move aside to let you pass. The shoulder may not be able to support a heavy farm vehicle.
•    Slow down as soon as you see the triangular-shaped, red and fluorescent orange slow-moving vehicle emblem.

Tips for farm vehicle operators
•    Make your intentions known when you are turning by using signal lights or the appropriate hand signal in advance of the turn.
•    Drive slow-moving vehicles in the right-hand lane as close to the edge of the roadway as safely possible. Traveling partially on the shoulder may cause motorists to risk passing in a dangerous situation.
•    Avoid encouraging or signaling motorists to pass. Pull over where it is safe, and let the traffic go by.
•    Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. Remember, the train extends 3 feet beyond the tracks on both sides.
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UERPC September Newsletter

Posted: Mon, September 16, 2013
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • $1.65 Million TIGER Grant awarded to Winneshiek County
  • Employee Spotlight-Casey Mai
  • Disaster Funding Available
  • Upcoming Board Training
  • UERPC Represented at Safe Routes to School National Conference
  • Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund Update
  • Dream Big Grow Here
  • Rural Issues Roundtable
  • Upcoming Historical Workshop
  • IowaWORKS-Did you Know?
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Region I RWIB/CEO Executive Board Meeting Agenda 9/16/13

Posted: Tue, September 10, 2013
Please see below notice for more information.
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SHPO Workshops Available in October

Posted: Tue, September 10, 2013
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will be presenting two day-long workshops in October.  One on How to Apply for the State Tax Credit program on October 17 and How to Complete a National Register of Historic Places Nomination on October 18, 2013.  The workshops will be held in the Heritage Classrooms, first floor, in the Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa.  Click below for workshop information and registration forms.  These will be the last workshops until spring of 2014.
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$1.65 million TIGER Grant awarded in Winneshiek County

Posted: Thu, September 5, 2013
TIGER funds will be used to reconstruct 2.5 miles of deteriorated, suburban two-lane road in the town of Decorah, Iowa, and the unincorporated area of Freeport, Iowa. This regional project replaces an aged, limited-use road with a multi-modal system of roads, bridges, and trails. It will provide alternative transportation options for small town and rural community members, students, and commuters. This project demonstrates strong collaboration among a broad range of participants from the public and private sectors.

Project Highlights:
  • Creates a structurally sound roadway that will reduce traffic congestion and extend the life of local transit buses.
  • Provides access for pedestrians and bicyclists along routes where no lanes for walking or biking currently exist.
  • Creates construction-related jobs and provides access to long-term employment opportunities.
This project will repair a main road in a rural area while creating a modern, multi-modal roadway that supports healthy living, downtown vibrancy, economic development and connectivity. The project provides a ladder of opportunity by directly serving low-income community members, including low income populations that live in multi-unit apartments, mobile home parks, single-family homes, and senior housing. By providing more transportation choices, this project more fully connects people to work, school, and commercial areas.

Additional News:

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $474 Million for 52 TIGER 2013 Projects in 37 States
Projects Support President Obama's Calls to Create Ladders of Opportunity, 'Fix it First' and Contribute to Economic Growth

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that 52 transportation projects in 37 states will receive a total of approximately $474 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2013 discretionary grant program. Among these, 25 projects funded at $123.4 million will be designated for projects in rural areas of the country.

"These transformational TIGER projects are the best argument for investment in our transportation infrastructure," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.   "Together, they support President Obama's call to ensure a stronger transportation system for future generations by repairing existing infrastructure, connecting people to new jobs and opportunities, and contributing to our nation's economic growth."

The highly competitive TIGER program offers one of the only federal funding possibilities for large, multi-modal projects that often are not suitable for other federal funding sources.  These federal funds leverage money from private sector partners, states, local governments, metropolitan planning organizations and transit agencies. The 2013 TIGER round alone supports $1.8 billion in overall project investments.

TIGER has enjoyed overwhelming demand since its creation, a trend continued by TIGER 2013.  Applications for this most recent round of grants totaled more than $9 billion, far exceeding the $474 million set aside for the program.  In all, the Department received 585 applications from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.

The projects funded through this round of TIGER illustrate the President's goals of creating "Ladders of Opportunity," the need for a "Fix it First" approach to infrastructure, and contributing to America's economic growth.  The following are examples of how TIGER supports these goals:

Ladders of Opportunity:  A good example of a project connecting people to jobs and economic opportunities is the Atlanta Beltline Corridor, a 33-mile system of trails, transit and parks circling downtown Atlanta and connecting more than 45 communities throughout the city and region.  A total of $18 million in TIGER funds will be used to build two miles of the trail.  This project will provide connections for residents in primarily low-income and minority communities to bus routes, rail stations, schools, parks, and other recreational activities.

Fix it First:  The $10 million investment to reconstruct the Tacoma, Wash., rail trestle is a good example of a project that will repair existing infrastructure. Replacing the 100-year old single-track wooden trestle and bridge with a modern twin-track structure will double capacity and improve reliability and travel time for Sounder and Amtrak Cascades passenger rail service.  This "fix it first" project also adds freight capacity on the Tacoma Rail line, contributing to economic growth and supporting Pierce County, the City of Tacoma and the Port of Tacoma.

Economic Growth:  An example of a project that will help jumpstart local and national economic growth is the $10 million investment in the Houston, Texas, Bayport Wharf extension project.  The investment will allow the terminal to double its cargo capacity by 2033, supporting international trade with more than 1,000 ports in 203 countries.  The project will increase the port's ability to take advantage of the ships expected after the Panama Canal expansion and supporting President Obama's goal of doubling exports.   The project also will increase the productivity of the terminal by reducing truck waiting and idling times.

On March 26, 2013, the President signed the FY 2013 Appropriations Act, which after sequestration provided approximately $474 million for Department of Transportation national infrastructure investments.  Like the first four rounds, TIGER 2013 grants are for capital investments in infrastructure and are awarded on a competitive basis based on the published selection criteria.  This is the fifth round of TIGER funding.

Under all five rounds combined, the TIGER program has provided more than $3.6 billion to 270 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  Demand for the program outweighed available funds, and during all five rounds, the Department of Transportation received more than 5,200 applications requesting more than $114.2 billion for transportation projects across the country.

Click here for additional information on individual TIGER grants:  www.dot.gov/tiger/.
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UERPC January Newsletter

Posted: Mon, January 15, 2018

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

  • Discussing Legislative Priorities
  • Board Spotlight Amy Bouska
  • Winneshiek County Housing Study Completed
  • Winter Marathon
  • WSB Volunteer Recognizedf by West Union
  • Let's Get WISE on Workforce Recruitment
  • Iowa Trasportation Commission Approves Statewide Iowa's Transportation Alternatives Funding
  • Community Job Fair
  • NICC Small Business Development Center partners with WCDI to provide consulting services for businesses in NE Iowa
  • Green Iowa Americorps Home Assessment
  • EDA Notice of Investment Award
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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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