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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Give input for Iowa DOT Transit Plan

Posted: Tue, October 22, 2019

The Iowa Department of Transportation is seeking input for their public transit long-range plan. The survey and information about the plan can be found at https://iowadot.gov/iowainmotion/Modal-Plans/Public-Transit-Plan. Everyone is encouraged to take the survey. It will be open through November 1.

Please feel free to share with others in your community.

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UERPC October 2019 Newsletter

Posted: Mon, October 21, 2019

The UERPC 2019 October Newsletter is here!

Highlights include:

  • Oelwein Intermediary Relending Program Recently Established
  • Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival is October 24, 2019
  • Transportation Policy Board Adopts Revamped Transportation Plan for Region
  • Census 2020: What's at Stake
  • Free Collection of Local Pavement Data to Change from 2-year to 4-year Cycle
  • Employee Spotlight: Kim Vorwald
  • UERPC Presents on Safe Routes at Iowa Cancer Summit
  • UERPC Enjoys Staff Outing at Yellow River State Forest
  • UERPC Joins Thousands of Iowans for Healthiest State Walk
  • Walk to School Day Celebrated in Northeast Iowa
  • October 5-2-1-0 Feature: Healthiest State Month
  • Reminder:  UERPC offices will be closed on Monday, November 11th to honor Veteran's Day
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UERPC September 2019 Newsletter

Posted: Mon, September 16, 2019

The UERPC 2019 August Newsletter is here!

Highlights include:

  • City of Guttenberg and City of St. Olaf Awarded CDBG Water/Sewer Grant
  • Draft Long-Range Transportation Plan Available for Public Review
  • Future Ready Iowa Summit to be Held in Postville
  • Bike Safety Education for Youth
  • Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Applications 
  • Employee Spotlight:  Mary Fitch
  • Regional Business Input Sought
  • Walking and Biking School Buses Ramping Up
  • Annual Iowa Downtown Conference Held
  • September 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Get Ready for Walk to School Day!
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RPA-1 regional transportation plan available for public review

Posted: Tue, September 3, 2019

The draft long-range, multimodal transportation plan for RPA-1, Safe Mobility for Everyone, is available for public review on UERPC's website. The RPA-1 Policy Board will hold a public hearing and consider adoption of the plan at its upcoming meeting on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at UERPC's offices in Postville, located at 134 West Greene Street.

Comments may be submitted via the comment form on the webpage linked above. Written or verbal comments may also be submitted to Aaron Detter, UERPC, 325 Washington Street, Suite A, Decorah, IA 52101, by email at adetter@uerpc.org, or by phone at 563-382-6171. Comments must be received before September 19, 2019.

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