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. USDA grant programs include:

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 Business Development Grants - The RBDG program is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas which will employ 50 or fewer new employees and has less than $1 million in gross revenue. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities.


Contact Rachelle Howe for more information on USDA grant opportunities.

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The UERPC September 2020 Newsletter is here!

Posted: Mon, September 21, 2020

The UERPC September 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/c345401f2d53/uerpc-september-2020-newsletter-3294762 

Highlights include:

  • EDA Award Allows UERPC to Add New Monies to Current RLF
  • UERPC Receives Community Facilities TAT Grant
  • Limited In-person Services Now Offered by IowaWORKS
  • Dedicated Maynard Walking School Bus Volunteer Featured in Oelwein Daily Register
  • Employee Spotlight:  Karen Cooper
  • UERPC Announces New Housing Department Head
  • Lost Wage Assistance Now Available
  • Virtual Live Business Summit 2020:  Culture of Service, the Zappos Story
  • Walk to School Day is October 7th
  • Family Business Forum to Launch Breakfast Series
  • UERPC Featured as Iowa Safe Routes to School Guest Blogger
  • September 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Try Healty Back-to-school Snacks

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Updated Statewide Public Transit Long-range Plan Released

Posted: Mon, September 14, 2020

The Iowa Department of Transportation has recently released an update to the Iowa Public Transit Long-range Plan.

The Iowa Public Transit Long-range Plan update has been under development over the last 18 months, including researching the historical trends in demographics and passenger transportation usage, forecasting future projected needs within the public transit system, and devising strategies to address challenges.

Please visit https://iowadot.gov/iowainmotion/Modal-Iowa Public Transit Long Range Plan for more information.

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Job Opening- Community Housing Assistant

Posted: Mon, August 31, 2020

The Community Housing Assistant will represent our organization being the first line of contact with visitors. Responsible for providing community development, administrative, and technical assistance to Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) including answering incoming phone calls, assisting individuals with questions, maintaining a strong inventory of office supplies, and assisting housing staff with projects. Other duties include assisting in oversight of two low rent apartment complexes. The candidate should have a strong attention to detail, good communication skills and ability to multitask efficiently. Basic knowledge of computer skills including Microsoft Word, Publisher, and Excel are recommended. Qualifications: Associates Degree or an equivalent combination of training and experience in administrative or clerical.  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   EOE

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2010 Dodge Caravan For Sale

Posted: Tue, August 25, 2020

UERPC is accepting bids for a used fleet vehicle:  2010 Dodge Caravan, 3.8 L engine, V6, Front wheel drive with current mileage of 145,750, color is gold.

Please submit a written bid to Rachelle Howe at rhowe@uerpc.org or by mail to 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA  52101 by Friday, September 4, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Bidders will be notified by Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Minimum bid required is $3,500. 

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