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

News Headlines

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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