UERPC has become recognized as a regional resource for addressing issues that require that regional perspective, obtaining over $256 million in grant funds since its establishment in November of 1972. More specifically, in 2018 UERPC obtained over $6.04 million from grant funds for our various counties and communities.
Much of 2017-2018 was based around employees. With a human resource audit completed, work was focused around improving employee files, performance review updates and a pay plan update. There were significant changes with employees within the housing department where many hours of training were spent. Performance reviews have been completed and department heads and director feel the process is a step in the right direction. Furthermore, a workforce staff member retired after 36 years of service. This type of tenured employee replacement will be difficult to replace. The transition is already underway.
As we prepared for reduced administrative fees from both the state and federal side in 2016-2017, UERPC did not see a reduction in 2017-2018. In fact, in 2019 legislation the council of governments funding did increase by $25,000 showing great support from state legislators. The commission continues to diversify their work to fulfill the needs of the region such as fiscal agent and administrative work, contracting employees to various agencies and researching and writing new grants for our counties and communities. These fee-based services are more important than ever to the Commission’s budget. In 2019 calendar year, the plan is to complete a 52 community marketing visit to educate communities about UERPC work and assistance.
UERPC continues to have two locations to better serve their clients. In the Postville office, Northeast Iowa Community Action has joined the partnership and holds an office. UERPC continues to grow its’ partnerships within the Decorah location with the addition of Vocational Rehabilitation. IowaWorks, Hawkeye Community College, Goodwill, and ISU Extension continue to co-locate within the Decorah office as well. Within the IowaWorks center, UERPC is just one partner in the one-stop shop for residents within the region with workforce needs.
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 email@example.com, or by phone at 563-382-6171. Comments must be received before September 19, 2019.
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Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission has a job opening for a full-time Community Housing Associate. The Community Housing Associate will work under the general direction of the Housing Department Head and will be responsible for providing community development administrative and technical assistance to Upper Explorerland and its individual member cities and counties. This position works primary with federally funded programs designed to assist low income homeowners and first-time home buyers with housing rehabilitation projects within the five-county region served by Upper Explorerland. The Community Housing Associate assists with all aspects of administering grant programs within the Housing Department, including, but not limited to, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Program, Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) and Federal Home Loan Bank.
Please submit resume and references to: Katie Nolte, Housing Department Head, 134 W. Greene St., Postville, IA 52162 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upper Explorerland is an EEO/EEP employer.
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission has a job opening for a full-time Career Assistant. The Career Assistant will administer services through the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity (WIOA) Act, which include: Provide customer service and basic employment/unemployment assistance to IowaWORKS customers; Refer customers to community and workforce programs/services; Provide administrative and program assistance to workforce staff. Qualifications include: Associate’s Degree in human services field; or Associate’s Degree in Administrative/Office Management with combined experience in social services; Proficient with web-based programs and Google Chrome/G Suite.
Please submit resume and references to: Lisa Curtin, WIOA Title I Director, 312 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA 52101 or email to email@example.com. Upper Explorerland is an EEO/EEP employer.