United States Department of Agriculture - Rural Development

United States Department of Agriculture - Rural Development

USDA assists regions in creating self-sustaining, long-term economic development in rural areas through visioning and strategic planning. They provides communities seeking information on USDA Rural Development and other federal community and economic development programs. USDA promotes partnerships at the local and state levels to assist communities in advancing their strategic or economic development plans.They also promote coordinated planning among Rural Development programs to address specific projects in a community or regional strategic plan.

Grant Programs:

Community Facilities - To fund the development of essential community facilities for public use in rural areas and may include hospitals, fire protection, safety, as well as many other community-based initiatives

Rural Community Development Initiative  - provides technical assistance and training funds to qualified intermediary organizations to develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas.

Rural Business Opportunity Grants - The RBOG program promotes sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs through provision of training and technical assistance for business development, entrepreneurs, and economic development officials and to assist with economic development planning.

Contact Rachelle Howe for more information on USDA grant opportunities.

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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