"The partnership with Upper Explorerland and the Oelwein Chamber & Area Development is of great value to our organization, as well as the community of Oelwein. The various programs they provide are very useful to the community, a great benefit to our residents and businesses.
Our local Revolving Loan Fund, being administered by UERPC, has prospered and helped fund many businesses in our community. The professional manner they do the administering of the funds and working with committee members is outstanding. The follow up procedures for annual reporting is outstanding as well.
The Oelwein Chamber & Area Development is proud to partner with UERPC for the many services they provide us. We look forward to working with them for many years to come."
Deb Howard, Executive Director
Oelwein Chamber & Area Development
"Working with Upper Explorerland has been beneficial for the City of Oelwein. Their employees are a great resource and help Oelwein in many areas. We have used Upper Exploreralnd for assistance in our goals for City Council, transportation planning, and administration of our Intermediary Revealing Loan Fund. We have such a positive relationship, it is like they are a staff member for the city. "
Dylan Mulfinger, City Administrator
City of Oelwein
"Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission has been a great partner with USDA Rural Development in helping rural businesses and communities for the past 20 years that I have been working in NE Iowa. By working together we have been able to successfully find different programs and funding to benefit organizations that needed assistance.
Working with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, USDA Rural Development has funded the Intermediary Relending Program that created a revolving loan fund for NE Iowa, which provides essential gap financing and credit to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Through this partnership, both UERPC and USDA have found ways to create employment that is essential to maintain the high quality of life in the rural communities in this corner of the state."
Douglas E. Moss, Area Director
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
"Upper Explorerland is a valuable resource and partner for our communities. I experienced first hand their professionalism when UERPC led and facilitated the hazard mitigation planning for communities in Winneshiek County. They brought various stakeholders to the table, listened to all input, and helped to synthesize an appropriate plan. It was worth the time working side by side with UERPC.
Recently, I attended the Food & Fitness Initiative event for NE Iowa and UERPC was well represented. Their commitment to serve our communities is demonstrated through words and actions. Their willingness to be a partner allows us to tap their expertise. Whenever I am invited to participate in an UERPC sponsored event, I give it serious consideration given their track record of service and partnership."
Liang Chee Wee, Ph.D., President
Northeast Iowa Community College
"The Howard County Board of Supervisors would like to show our appreciation to the Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission for all the wonderful work that this organization has done for our County. UERPC works very well in providing various services to all of Howard County and to the Cities within our county including Hazard Mitigation, Smart Planning, and other programs. Funds for Housing Rehabilitation and Single Family New Construction were also awarded thru UERPC.
UERPC is also working with Howard County in helping to obtain a CDBG Grant to help us to redo a lagoon for the Howard County Residential Care Facility. UERPC has already help this Residential Care Facility to obtain a CDBG Grant in order to proceed in the expansion of the Alzheimer's Unit. This expansion will benefit all of Howard County but especially the folks that need this type of care.
We as a Board Thank Upper Explorerland Regional Planning for all of their great work and look forward to working with this fine organization for years to come."
Adolph Mick Gamez, Former 1st District Supervisor
Don Burnikel, 2nd District Supervisor
Jan McGovern, 3rd District Supervisor
"The Iowa Economic Development Authority works very closely with Iowa's Councils of Governments in administering many different federal grants. It has been a pleasure working with UERPC's personnel on Community Development Block Grant projects. The UERPC staff are very eager and conscientious of fulfilling their professional responsibilities administering federal grants."
Benton Quade, Project Manager
Iowa Economic Development Authority
"I would like to say a special thank you to the staff at UERPC. The help they have given the city with their SRF filing, well grant application and housing rehabilitation program has been great. It has been so nice having this resource with the expertise and knowledge they have, to help with all of these processes and to help make the projects run so smoothly."
Tammy Humble, City Administrator
City of Luana, Iowa
"Thank you Shelly and everyone at Upper Explorerland for your hard work in developing the RCDI application and then facing those gruesome federal forms and submission. Your partnership is highly valued!"
In the spirit of NE Iowa service,
M. J. Smith, Director of Affiliate Foundations
Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque
"UERPC and staff have completed a wonderful Comprehensive Planning Project for the community of Hawkeye, Iowa. They have taken a small town dream to better themselves for the future and made it a reality! From the very beginning UERPC approached the project with a positive and "can do" attitude. Always involving the steering committee and community with decision making and "ownership" of their future.
I was always impressed with UERPC's preparation and attention to detail, never once did we feel like we were too small to matter. As we progressed we realized that we may have been visualizing our own limitations, Karla Organist and staff helped us in breaking our barriers and to really use our abilities and resources to put together a plan that will benefit our community for generations."
Mark Creery, Vision Hawkeye Member
The UERPC May 2019 Newsletter is here! Check out the newsletter to learn about:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: