Join the growing number of people in Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties working together to create vibrant communities where the healthy choice is the easy choice.
The healthy choice means that every day all people in NE Iowa have access to healthy, locally grown foods and abundant opportunities for physical activity and play. Food and fitness is important because no matter where we are, the places where we live, learn, work and play affect our health and quality of life.
For the past ten years, this effort has been a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food & Community program. Food & Community invests in community-driven policy and system change projects to transform our food and fitness systems. NE Iowa was chosen as one of nine locations across the country for this project. For more information contact Rachelle Howe.
"Active Living" means to integrate physical activity, such as walking and other active body movements, into our daily routine. Being physically active positively impacts our health, our community and our environment. From trails to parks to bluffs and beyond, Northeast Iowa provides an exceptional environment for physical activity.
The Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative's (FFI) Active Living Work Group aims to increase use of Northeast Iowa's natural and built environment by encouraging people of all ages and abilities to be active outdoors. The Active Living Work Group is made up of key individuals from multiple sectors working together to make the group's strategy a reality: parks and natural resources, city engineering, physical therapy, county conservation, trail enthusiasts, public health, community and transportation planning and Safe Routes to School.
As the core partner invested in FFI's Active Living and Safe Routes to School efforts, UERPC convenes the Active Living Work Group. The work group meets quarterly and always welcomes new members! Please contact Ashley Christensen to learn more.
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Public invited to community meetings for 5-county Long-Range Transportation Plan
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) has begun development of an update to the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the region consisting of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties in northeast Iowa. The Iowa Department of Transportation requires that our region’s LRTP be updated every five years. The current plan was adopted by the Upper Explorerland Transportation Policy Board in March of 2014.
The LRTP has a 20-year planning horizon and is intended to guide transportation investments in the five-county region in support of a transportation system that is safe for all modes and users, and that facilitates the efficient movement of people and goods. The plan includes a description of the region's existing conditions; identifies current transportation challenges; anticipates potential future needs; and explores various strategies for addressing those challenges and needs.
To ensure that the LRTP reflects the priorities and goals of the people who live in and visit our region, the public is invited to participate and give feedback in various ways. Community workshops have been scheduled in each of the five counties in the coming weeks. Residents of the region may attend any of the workshops, regardless of where they live.
All workshops begin at 5:00 p.m. and will last about an hour and a half. There will be a brief presentation at the start followed by interactive feedback activities. Members of the public are free to come and go at any time during the meeting, even if they miss the beginning. The schedule of community meetings is below.
All residents of the five counties, as well as those who visit this area, are invited and encouraged to complete an online survey about transportation in our region. Survey responses are anonymous and the more people that complete it, the stronger and more representative of the region the final plan will be.
The survey can be accessed at www.tinyurl.com/ybfo4epe. Information on the LRTP, as well as a link to the survey, are also available on UERPC’s website, www.uerpc.org.
Those interested in being notified of updates and events related to the LRTP, and anyone wishing to request a paper copy of the survey, may contact Aaron Detter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-382-6171.
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All In Allamakee: Allamakee County’s Comprehensive Plan
Allamakee County is partnering with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission to develop a new comprehensive plan for the County. Dubbed All In Allamakee, or the "All-In Plan" for short, the plan will consider a host of issues related to economic development, housing, transportation, parks, infrastructure, etc., all of which have an impact on residents' quality of life.
The All-In Plan will be in development through the rest of 2018 and much of 2019. During this time there will be several opportunities for residents to get involved. Public meetings will be held in Lansing, Waukon, and Postville where attendees will help create a countywide vision for Allamakee County’s future. Later in the process, topic-specific focus groups will be held to help create goals and strategies to achieve that vision.
Residents and visitors to Allamakee County are invited to complete a very brief questionnaire on how they feel about Allamakee County. We also invite and encourage all residents and visitors of Allamakee County to give input on a broader array of issues in Allamakee County by taking a more detailed survey. Visit the web addresses below to fill out the brief questionnaire and take the survey.
Finally, we invite Twitter and Instagram users to tweet and share photos of everything you love about Allamakee County by using #AllInAllamakee. We may contact you for permission to use your tweet or photo in the final plan!
If you’d like to be added to our contact list so you can be notified of updates and events related to the All-In Plan, and/or if you are interested in being in one of the focus groups, please contact Aaron Detter at email@example.com or 563-382-6171.