Planning and Facilitation

Planning and Facilitation

Anytime is a great time to start thinking about your community or organization's short and long term goals.  UERPC has the staff and resources to help your community or group bring great ideas together into a workable and successful action plan.  Planning can take many forms from large projects, such as comprehensive planning and hazard mitigation planning, to smaller facilitation and public engagement projects.  The planning process generally involves (1) data and background information collection; (2) facilitating and compiling stakeholder input and identifying their priorities through a variety of methods including meetings, surveys and focus groups; and (3) creating a final document or action plan.

Examples of plans include:

  • Long range comprehensive plans
  • Strategic plans for community or nonprofit leadership
  • Capital improvement plans
  • Riverfront, downtown or other significant district master plans
  • Community marketing plans
  • Community wellness plans
  • Safe Routes to School plans
  • Park and recreation plans
  • Hazard mitigation Plans
  • Housing needs assessments
  • Business plans


Taking the time to plan and involve community members leads to projects and activities that are supported by community members!  UERPC can also assist communities with Urban Renewal Plans, Urban Revitalization Plans and City Ordinance updates.

We would be happy to visit with you about our planning and facilitation services, please contact Rachelle Howe or Michelle Barness for more information.

"My reservations about my part in doing a Comprehensive Plan for Hawkeye were put to rest at our first meeting.  Seeing how the whole process is laid out made sense and opened the door to active, interesting and informative meetings.  To bond our team we created a name, Vision Hawkeye, and had T-shirts made.  After that Karla guided us through the process.  Every step showed a purpose and later meetings showed us results. The one thing I was impressed with was the need to have the community all working in the same direction for common goals. The city’s statistics and community input really helped us lay that out.  The final comprehensive plan, and it is comprehensive, is easy to understand and involves all of our local organizations to move Hawkeye in the right direction."

Respectfully,
Leon Dietzenbach, Vision Hawkeye member

Planning and Facilitation in Each County

Planning and Facilitation in Each County

Resiliency Resources

Strategies and actions for business, government, or development organizations to ensure ongoing viability

Resiliency Resources

Disaster preparedness is nothing new to governments, businesses, and development organizations. The well-laid plans to be used in case of fire, flood, or storm are commonplace. They help to provide a blueprint for action at a moment of crisis when an existing strategy can be a thing of comfort for those dealing with the unthinkable. Of course, the types of disastrous situations have expanded — from terrorism to cyberattack to, now, pandemic.

Resilience planning, though, is another matter. It recognizes that disasters and difficulties will happen, that immediate response is necessary, but that long-term implications will require a different set of strategies and actions to ensure ongoing viability, whether for a business, a government, or a development organization.

News Headlines

Job Opening-Community Housing Coordinator

Posted: Mon, October 11, 2021

Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority is hiring a Community Housing Coordinator. This position will work under the direction of the Housing Department Head and Community Housing team to facilitate administration of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Section 8 program under contract with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission and HUD Housing. This candidate should have good organizational and communication skills. The candidate must have strong attention to detail, ability to organize work, determine priorities and meet deadlines, manage, and work harmoniously with employees and interact with the general public in a tactful and courteous manner, good verbal and written communication skills and maintain a valid driver’s license. Upper Explorerland offers a full benefit package including health insurance, dental, vision, retirement, short term and long-term disability. 

A full job description and application may be found at www.uerpc.org.  Email a resume and three references to rhowe@uerpc.org   EEO/EEP employer.

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RPA-1 Policy Board to consider two TIP amendments at Oct. 20 meeting

Posted: Thu, September 30, 2021

For details on the propsed TIP amendments and information on how to submit comments, visit the following weblink.

http://www.uerpc.org/public-comment.html

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The UERPC September 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, September 20, 2021
 
Highlights include:
  • Back-to-School Transportation Safety: It's the responsibility of each of us
  • Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Funding Available for COVID-19 Recovery
  • Walking and Biking School Bus Season has arrived!
  • Join us on October 6th to 'Walk More. Connect More.'
  • NOTICE: Early Office Closures on Fridays
  • UERPC is Open
  • Board Member Spotlight: Shirley Vermace
  • SRTS Monthly Motivators
  • September 5-2-1-0 Feature
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Next public meeting for Lansing Black Hawk Bridge Sept. 27th and online

Posted: Wed, September 8, 2021

The Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation are holding a public information meeting to discuss the proposed replacement of the Iowa 9 / Wisconsin 82 (Black Hawk) bridge in Lansing over the Mississippi River, in Allamakee, IA and Crawford, WI Counties.

The Iowa DOT is providing two meeting formats for the public meeting: in person and an at your own pace virtual meeting.

IN-PERSON PUBLIC MEETING:

Date/Time:Sept. 27, 2021, between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Location: Kee High School, 569 Center St., Lansing, IA

AT YOUR OWN PACE:

Date/Time: Anytime between Sept. 27 – Oct. 11, 2021

For more information, including how to participate in the "at your own pace" online meeting, click here to visit Iowa DOT's public involvement site for the project.

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