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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.

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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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Detour Route on Iowa 3

Posted: Mon, September 2, 2013
The detour route for a concrete pavement overlay project on Iowa 3 between Readlyn and Oelwein will change beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation's New Hampton construction office.

Eastbound Iowa 3 traffic wanting to remain on Iowa 3 through Oelwein is detoured north on Bremer County Road V-56, east on Bremer/Fayette County Road C-33, and then south on Iowa 150 to Iowa 3.
Westbound Iowa 3 traffic wanting to remain on Iowa 3 is detoured north on Iowa 3 in Oelwein, west on Bremer/Fayette County Road C-33, then south on Bremer County Road V-56 to Iowa 3.
Oversize loads will be prohibited on the detour route. This project is expected to be completed by Nov. 1.
 
The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles and wear seat belts.
 
For traveler information anytime, visit www.511ia.org; call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide); stay connected with 511 on Facebook or Twitter (find links at www.iowadot.com/511/socialmedia.html); or download the free app to your mobile device.
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Rural Issues Roundtable

Posted: Mon, August 26, 2013
Local residents, business owners and community leaders will have the opportunity to share their thoughts about opportunities and challenges in rural Iowa when Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, visits Postville on Thursday, September 12th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Upper Explorerland Conference Room at 134 W Greene Street.  If you would like to speak with Bill Menner before the event please contact Darin Leach at (515) 284-4747.

USDA Rural Development's funding continues to have a dramatic impact on rural communities across Iowa.  Since 2009, USDA Rural Development has invested more than $2.5 billion on essential public facilities, small and emerging businesses, water and sewer systems, and housing opportunities for Iowa families. Today, more than 1.7 million Iowans live in rural communities and areas, and nearly half of the state's communities have fewer than 500 residents.
 
This past year USDA Rural Development's investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,600 jobs, aided 2,400 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 60 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
 
For more information about finance programs available through USDA Rural Development, please call the office located in Waverly at (319) 352-1715 Ext. 4. This office serves communities, businesses and residents in Allamakee, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties. Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting the agency's web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
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UERPC August Newsletter

Posted: Mon, August 19, 2013
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • Fayette Housing Trust Fund Update
  • Employee Spotlight-Heather Delaney
  • Back to School
  • IowaWorks-Did you Know?
  • Project Update
  • Do You Have a REAL ID?
  • A New "Spin" on Smoothies
  • Welcome Mary!
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Region RWIB/CEO Board Meeting Agenda 8-20-13

Posted: Fri, August 16, 2013

Please see below notice for more information.

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Tall Corn Stalks Obstruct Views on Roadways

Posted: Thu, August 8, 2013
As Iowa's corn crop grows taller, motorists are urged to use extra caution at roadway intersections and railroad crossings where the driver's view may be obstructed.
 
Iowa Department of Transportation statistics show there were 33 crashes during 2012 at rural intersections due to obstructed views by trees or crops. These crashes killed one person and caused at least 40 injuries, 14 of those were considered major.
 
Jeremey Vortherms, the Iowa DOT's state safety engineer, said, "If you've lived in Iowa through a growing season, you know that crops can obstruct views of highway and railroad intersections in rural areas. Still, it seems people underestimate the danger these intersections can hold. Entering an uncontrolled intersection or railroad crossing requires an added measure of caution. Be alert and take the extra time to look for other vehicles."
 
Vortherms said motorists should treat uncontrolled intersections as if they had stop or yield signs posted, and not enter the intersection or cross the railroad tracks until they are absolutely certain no vehicles are coming from the side roads or trains are present, and then proceed with caution.
 
The danger is not only from oncoming traffic on gravel roads. Trains can be very difficult to spot when tall corn stalks limit the view at a rural crossing. Tammy Nicholson, director of the Iowa DOT's Office of Rail Transportation, says, "Although trains are considerably taller than most crops, it still becomes difficult to see them approaching at an uncontrolled intersection where the view is obstructed by vegetation or other visibility hazards." Nicholson reminds motorists to "Look, Listen and Live" when crossing railroad tracks.
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Northeast Iowa Mobility Solutions Team Conducting New Survey

Posted: Tue, July 30, 2013
The Northeast Iowa Mobility Solutions Team is a team of local economic development, transportation and employment specialists selected to participate in the national Job Access Mobility Institute through the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA).  The goal of the institute and our Northeast Iowa Team is to ensure that transportation is always the link and never the barrier to employment.  The Team has been meeting for some time and has developed some new regional transportation ideas and is now in the concept evaluation stage of their project.

The Team is currently conducting a survey to collect input on the concepts they have developed to help determine the feasibility of the ideas that have been proposed to improve commuter transportation in the region.  The video survey can be accessed at:  www.EARLtransit.com  and is completely anonymous.  The team is seeking input from employees, employers and job seekers who live or work in any of these five Iowa counties:  Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek.  The survey will be open through Aug 15, 2013.  For additional information regarding the survey or the Job Access Mobility Institute project in Northeast Iowa, please contact Karn Pankow, Operations/Mobility Manager at Northeast Iowa Community Action:  1-866-382-4259/karn@neicac.org or Karla Organist, Transportation Planner at Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission:  korganist@uerpc.org.
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Iowa DOT Adding Mobile Option to Interactive Bike Map

Posted: Thu, July 18, 2013
Have you ever had to change plans in the middle of a trip? The Iowa Department of Transportation is making that quick shift in plans a little easier for bicyclists by activating a mobile version of its popular interactive bike map.

Explore this interactive map to plan or alter your trip. Find bicycle trail routes and features including trailheads, parking, restrooms, and bicycle shops.

•    Plan your bike trip ahead of time or on the fly: Simply enter the starting address and destination address and a suggested route will be generated.
•    Discover Iowa's bicycle facilities: This interactive map shows bike lanes, paved trails, unpaved trails, roads with paved shoulders, sidepaths and bicycle-friendly roads.
•    Locate bicycle amenities: The map includes features such as trailheads, restrooms, and water fountains along trails of 5 miles or longer.
•    Need repairs: Bicycle shops are also shown.

Both the regular and mobile versions of the interactive bike map website can be found at http://www.iowadot.gov/interactiveiowabikemap.htm. On either version of this site, you can also request a free paper copy of the Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists at this website. The map is also available as part of the myIowaDOT app. Find it on Apple devices through the iTunes Store or on Android devices through Google Play by searching for myIowaDOT.

Bicycles and motor vehicles share the same roadways and must follow the same rules of the road. Safely sharing the road is the responsibility of both the bicyclist and the motorist.
Safety tips for bicyclists:
•           Always wear a helmet
•           Know and obey traffic laws
•           Ride on the right, with traffic
•           Use hand and arm signals
•           Use lights at night
•           Ride only where permitted
•           Pass on the left
 
 Safety tips for motorists:
•           Do not honk at bicyclists
•           Use extra caution when passing bicycles
•           Be aware that cyclists might swerve to avoid road hazards
•           Be careful when opening your vehicle door
•           When in doubt, yield to bicyclists

For more information contact Milly Ortiz at 515-233-7733 or at milly.ortiz@dot.iowa.gov.
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Region RWIB/CEO Board Meeting Agenda

Posted: Tue, July 16, 2013

Please see below notice for more information.

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UERPC July Newsletter

Posted: Mon, July 15, 2013
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • Too Much Water!
  • Employee Spotlight-Sue Severson
  • Upcoming CDBG Opportunities
  • Northeast Iowa Mobility Solutions Team Conducting New Survey
  • Howe Represents Northeast Iowa on State-Wide Board
  • Local Food Box Program
  • H2O Program
  • IowaWorks-Did You Know
  • Community Efficient and Renewable Energy Workshop
  • Opportunity Housing Service Shuttle
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CEO Board Meeting Agenda Notice 7/17/2013

Posted: Thu, July 11, 2013

Please see below notice for more information.

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Update-Iowa 3 Between Readlyn and Oelwein to Close July 15 for Concrete Pavement Work

Posted: Tue, July 2, 2013
Concrete pavement overlay work will require closing a section of Iowa 3 from the intersection with Bremer County Road V-56 (6 miles east of Readlyn) to the intersection with Iowa 150 (near Oelwein in Fayette County) beginning Monday morning, July 15, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation's District 2 Office.

Eastbound Iowa 3 traffic wanting to travel north on Iowa 150 is detoured from Iowa 3 north on Bremer/Fayette County Road V-62, and then east on Fayette County Road C-33 to Iowa 150.

Eastbound Iowa 3 traffic wanting to remain on Iowa 3 through Oelwein is detoured south on Bremer/Fayette County Road V-62, east on Iowa 281, and then north on Iowa 150 to Iowa 3.

Westbound Iowa 3 traffic will be detoured using Iowa 150 south, to Iowa 281, east on Iowa 281 to Bremer/Fayette County Road V-62, and then north on Bremer/Fayette County Road V-62 to Iowa 3.

Oversize loads will be prohibited on the detour route. This project is expected to be completed by Nov. 1.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles and wear seat belts.

For traveler information anytime, visit www.511ia.org; call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide); stay connected with 511 on Facebook or Twitter (find links at www.iowadot.com/511/socialmedia.html); or download the free app to your mobile device.
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Northeast Iowa Mobility Solutions Team Conducting New Survey

Posted: Tue, July 30, 2013
The Northeast Iowa Mobility Solutions Team is a team of local economic development, transportation and employment specialists selected to participate in the national Job Access Mobility Institute through the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA).  The goal of the institute and our Northeast Iowa Team is to ensure that transportation is always the link and never the barrier to employment.  The Team has been meeting for some time and has developed some new regional transportation ideas and is now in the concept evaluation stage of their project.

The Team is currently conducting a survey to collect input on the concepts they have developed to help determine the feasibility of the ideas that have been proposed to improve commuter transportation in the region.  The video survey can be accessed at:  www.EARLtransit.com  and is completely anonymous.  The team is seeking input from employees, employers and job seekers who live or work in any of these five Iowa counties:  Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek.  The survey will be open through Aug 15, 2013.  For additional information regarding the survey or the Job Access Mobility Institute project in Northeast Iowa, please contact Karn Pankow, Operations/Mobility Manager at Northeast Iowa Community Action:  1-866-382-4259/karn@neicac.org or Karla Organist, Transportation Planner at Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission:  korganist@uerpc.org.
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UERPC June Newsletter

Posted: Mon, June 17, 2013
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • Opportunity Housing Service Shuttle
  • Employee Spotlight-Karine Schager
  • Upper Explorerland Donates Bikes to Area Students
  • Calling All City Clerks
  • Request for Concept Papers for Iowa AmeriCorps Grants
  • June is Dairy Month
  • Transportation Update
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Iowa DOT on Target for Online Renewal Beginning Mid-July

Posted: Tue, June 4, 2013
Renewing your driver's license from the comfort of your own home is expected to become a reality in mid-July, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation.

In May, Governor Branstad signed House File 355 that paved the way for the Iowa DOT to write rules governing the online renewal process. That process is expected to be completed and the online system up and running in mid-July.

"We are looking forward to making the driver's license renewal process as easy as possible for Iowans very soon," said Mark Lowe, director of the Iowa DOT's Motor Vehicle Division. "What we would like people to know right now is that there are imposter websites out there trying to take advantage of people. There is no way for you to renew your Iowa driver's license online right now, so beware of those imitator sites."
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2013 Iowa Transportation Map

Posted: Thu, May 23, 2013
Have you ever wondered how to get to Kendallville? If so, the Iowa Department of Transportation has just the publication for you. The new 2013 Iowa Transportation Map is now available in the standard fold-out paper form, on the Internet or through a mobile device viewing app.

The front cover of this year's map highlights the 100th anniversary of the Iowa State Highway Commission, later restructured as the Iowa Department of Transportation. The back panel includes a welcome message from Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Copies of the 2013 map are available at the Iowa DOT's 18 driver's license stations, county treasurer's offices, all six Iowa DOT district offices and Iowa's rest areas. The map can also be ordered online through the Iowa DOT's website.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority's Iowa Tourism Office also distributes maps to Iowa's 19 welcome centers across the state and all travelers requesting tourism information online and by phone. To order a free Iowa travel packet that includes the new map and 2013 Iowa Travel Guide, call 800-345-IOWA (4692) or visit traveliowa.com.

An electronic version of the map, accompanied by an assortment of city detail maps, is also available online at iowadot.gov/maps by selecting the "Transportation Map" link. Information for a mobile device map viewing app is available there as well.

The 2013 map shows all highways, airports, rail lines, lakes, rivers and major county roads. Detail maps are shown for the state's 16 largest cities that identify highways, major streets and city boundaries. The map information also includes a chart to find mileage between select Iowa cities; and an index listing the cities shown on the map, along with their populations and map location.

In addition to the standard features mentioned, the 2013 map includes two Quick Response (QR) codes that can be scanned with a QR reader on a smartphone or other mobile device. Simply download a free QR application from your device's online app store. One of the codes provides access to all the websites listed on the printed map, as well as a link to the online version of the map. The other provides a direct link to Iowa's 511 travel information website.
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2013 TRRC TRI-P

Posted: Sat, June 29, 2013
The 2013 TRI-P—A Triathlon with a Twist!
  • Leg #1—2-person canoe race from Valley Canoe Launch to Gilbertson Park
  • Leg #2—Bike race/ride from Gilbertson Park to 245th Street (Pleasant Valley Sports Club)
  • Leg #3—9 hole 2-person best shot golf round
  • Entry Fee—$100 / per team
  • Must be 18 or older to participate
  • Participants must provide their own equipment—canoe, bike, and golf clubs. Rentals are available locally for an additional fee. Please visit www.turkeyrivercorridor.com for a complete listing.
  • Registration is online at www.turkeyrivercorridor.com or in person at Pleasant Valley Sports Club. Registration deadline is June 21, 2013. Late registration fee is $125 after that date.
  • All canoes must have proper Iowa registration and life jackets will be required for all participants.
  • Bike helmets are required during the bike race/ride.
  • Early bird event registration will be available on Friday, June 28th from 7:00—9:00 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Sports Club. Avoid the rush the morning of the event by attending this orientation session the night before. Enjoy snacks and a cash bar and meet other triathlon participants!
  • Get your team together NOW and have a day of FUN on the Turkey River! Cash payouts, door prizes, & more.


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UERPC May Newsletter

Posted: Mon, May 20, 2013
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • News from Lime Springs
  • Employee Spotlight, Lori Brockway
  • IA Benchmarking Program
  • Disaster Funding Available
  • Regional Transportation Update
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IA Public Transit Photography Contest

Posted: Thu, May 16, 2013
Iowa Public Transit Photography Contest Deadline is June 1st

You have less than three weeks to submit photos documenting the great public transit activity in Iowa! It is a perfect time of year for outdoor photography, so grab the camera and get some pictures of your transit system in action! If you already have good photos on your computer or camera, get them entered!

Information on how to submit your photos is available at http://www.iowadot.gov/transit/2013TransitPhotoContest.pdf.

Whether your photos represent rural or urban transit, mobility management, employee transportation, medical transportation, customer service, facilities, vehicles, bus stops or another transit related category, we want to see and share your transit photography! 
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IA DOT Launches IA Travel Planning Website for Byways and Bicycles

Posted: Mon, May 13, 2013

The Iowa Department of Transportation is pleased to announce the release of two new interactive websites for planning travel adventures on Iowa's byways and bicycle trails.

These full-feature sites are ideal for planning trips to explore Iowa's two national scenic byways and nine state scenic and heritage byways along with Iowa's many bicycle trails that crisscross and complement the byways. The byways website is: http://www.iowabyways.org; the bicycle website is:  http://www.iowadot.gov/interactiveiowabikemap.htm.

Iowa byways website and tour guide
Discover your Iowa adventure at the Iowa byways interactive website. It is loaded with information about the byways, including a route description and its history, contact information, and listing of local events, attractions and travel services. The stunning photography will undoubtedly draw visitors to discover Iowa's scenic, natural, historic and cultural resources. The website is updated regularly by local byway organizations. Come see what Iowa's nationally recognized byways have to offer. You can plan, map and share your adventure, save notes or even send an e-postcard.

The Iowa Byways website offers several unique features:
  • Customize your search: This is not your ordinary search option. Visitors can search the site by type (event, attraction or travel service); category (arts and culture, dining, events and festivals, historic sites, natural areas, recreation, and shopping); or cost. The search results can be added to the user's trip; saved as a favorite; or shared using social media.
  • Plan your trip details: Sign up for free and then create trips by selecting events, attractions and travel services of interest; or add something from your list of favorites. Once you've finished, you can print an itinerary for your trip; share your trip plans via Google Plus™, email or as a tweet; export the information; or save it for later use.
  • Share an e-postcard: Choose a postcard photo from one of the byway galleries. Then add a personalized message and email it to a friend or family member.  
  • Create your favorites list and make notes: Once you've discovered an interesting attraction or event on the site, save it as a favorite. Then you can add it to a trip, print a list of your favorites, come back to it later or retrieve the information en route using your smartphone.
You can also order a free copy of the Iowa Byways travel guide, or simply print a copy. 

Iowa interactive bicycle map
One of Iowa DOT's most popular publications, the Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists, is now online. Explore this interactive map to plan your trip and find bicycle trail routes and amenities, right down to available rest stops and restaurants.
 
Features include trailheads, parking, rest rooms, bicycle shops and other key features.  
  • Plan your bike trip ahead of time: Simply enter the starting address and destination address and a suggested route will be generated.
  • Discover Iowa's bicycle facilities: This interactive map shows bike lanes, paved trails, unpaved trails, roads with paved shoulders, sidepaths and bicycle-friendly roads.
  • Locate bicycle amenities: Features such as trailheads, restrooms, and water fountains along trails of 5 miles or longer.
  • Need repairs: Bicycle shops are also shown. 
 
You can also request a free Iowa Transportation Map for Bicyclists.
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Check out these upcoming events in and around Riceville on May 5th!

Posted: Thu, April 26, 2018

Check out these events happening in and around Riceville on May 5th!

1)  IronHorse Half-Marathon, 10K & 5K Race - first USTAF Certified and Sanctioned race of its kind in our area and it is being run nearly exclusively on the Wapsi-Great Western Line (WGWL) Trail - Iowa's first interstate connecting trail with Minnesota. 

2) WGWL Trail's Southern Branch Grand Opening with five Celebration Stations to enjoy as enthusiasts traverse the new section of trail.

To learn more, check out the WGWL Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/wgwltrail/

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NEIRHTF is now Accepting Applications

Posted: Tue, April 24, 2018

NEIRHTF ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

The Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) is accepting applications for housing rehabilitationimprovement projects.  Applicants can be low-moderate income homeowners, landlord/for-profit organizations or non-profit organizations to promote and create affordable housing activities.  All applicants must be in one of the four counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek. Eligible projects include rehabilitation and repair of existing housing, including, but not limited to: Roofs, windows, siding, plumbing electrical, energy efficiency, lead paint issues, and handicap accessibility.

For more information on the NEIRHTF or to see if there is funding in your area, please contact Upper Explorerland RPC, at 563-864-7551 ext. 101 for Sarah Snitker.  You can also obtain an application online at www.uerpc.org, Housing, Northeast Iowa Housing Trust Fund.

This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

Esta institución es un Proveedor de Igual Oportunidad

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UERPC April Newsletter

Posted: Mon, April 16, 2018

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

  • Spring Walking School Bus Season is here!
  • Board Member Spotlight D. Warren Fisk
  • Monthly Workshops at IowaWORKS in Decorah
  • Northeast Iowa Farmer's Markets
  • Walk-on Waukon
  • Walk More Connect More
  • Solar Energy for Non-Taxable Entities Workshop
  • Selling Essentials for Iowa Businesses
  • Upcoming Allamakee County Housing Study Meetings
  • Jes Wegner Recognized for Physical Activity Efforts in Fayette County
  • Don't forget Mother's Day - Sunday, May 13th!
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UERPC March Newsletter

Posted: Mon, March 19, 2018

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

  • ICOG Legislative Breakfast
  • Upcoming Events
  • Healthy kids and families live 5-2-1-0
  • IowaWORKS to host "Real Colors" workshop
  • Iowa Association of Councils of Governements Staff Training
  • Winter Marathon Challenge Receives Positive Feedback from Participants
  • Luther College Job Fair a success
  • NEIRHTF has funding available
  • UERPC offices will be closed Friday, March 30th for Good Friday
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