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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Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is offering a Marketing Internship opportunity for a student studying marketing, communications, public relations or other related field. The internship will focus on creating and implementing marketing efforts for UERPC. Contact Rachelle Howe with interest or questions: 563-382-6171 or email@example.com.
The Iowa DOT is now accepting applications for the annual State Recreational Trails program funding cycle. Applications shall be either received via email by 5:00 pm to firstname.lastname@example.org or postmarked by July 1, 2019. An email submission must still be followed by receipt of a single signed color original of the completed application via U.S. mail. The appropriation for State Fiscal Year 2020 (SFY 2020) is $1.5 million. Please note, the application form has been revised for this year’s cycle. If you are working from a previously prepared application, be sure to update to the new format and questions before submitting.
All hardcopies shall be submitted via U.S. mail to:
State Recreational Trails Program
Iowa Department of Transportation
Systems Planning Bureau
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010
Please contact Debra Arp, Grant Program Administration Team Leader, at email@example.com, if you have any questions or concerns. The Iowa DOT web site is updated with this information: https://iowadot.gov/systems_planning/Grant-Programs/-Federal-and-State-Recreational-Trails
The UERPC April 2019 Newsletter has hatched! Check out the newsletter to learn about: