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.
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The Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation held a joint public information meeting in Lansing on July 9 to discuss the Iowa 9 (Black Hawk) bridge over the Mississippi River. Information about the project, proposed alignments and bridge designs, environmental information and more is available on Iowa DOT’s website. Members of the public are invited to review the information and provide feedback and comments. Visit https://www.tinyurl.com/yynepawg to review project information and submit comments.
The July 9th meeting of the RPA-1 Technical Committee will be held at Upper Explorerland's Decorah offices, at 325 Washington Street, Suite A. This is due to a scheduling conflict at the Winneshiek Count Offices.
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The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) invites members of the public to attend an informational meeting regarding the proposed improvements on the Iowa 9 (Black Hawk) bridge. The meeting will be on July 9, 2019 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Kee High School, 569 Center Street in Lansing.
Details of the proposed project will be presented and Iowa DOT and consultant representatives will be available to discuss the project informally. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend to express their views and ask questions about the proposed project.
The meeting room is accessible for persons with disabilities. However, if you require special accommodations at the meeting, please notify Krista Billhorn at email@example.com or 641-422-9447.
Those who have any comments or questions prior to the meeting, or are not able to attend, should contact Krista Billhorn or refer to the Iowa DOT’s website, which is periodically updated as new information becomes available: www.iowadot.gov/pim. If you would like to make a comment regarding this project, please visit: http://bit.ly/iowadot2723.