Fayette County

Fayette County

Come “Explore the Bounty of Fayette County!” Fayette County offers something for everyone with four seasons of outdoor recreation at any of our beautiful parks, including Volga River Recreation Area.  Springtime offers outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to enjoy nature while searching for wildflowers, hunting for mushrooms, or fishing in the sparkling trout streams, the meandering Turkey and Volga Rivers or beautiful Volga Lake.

Spend a summer day visiting one of our many golf courses, camping, picnicking, swimming, kayaking, horseback riding or hiking.  Find a community event nearly every weekend – from Hawkeye Fun Days to Fayette’s Watermelon Days – music, parades, fireworks and family fun abound.

Autumn offers beautiful fall colors.  Enjoy a drive along the River Bluffs Scenic Byway and take in fabulous views, majestic limestone bluffs and small town charm.  In winter, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hunting, ice fishing and skating top the list.  Year round activities include bird watching, performing arts, movies and shopping.  Make a day of it – quilters and junking sisters will find studios, retreats, antiques and repurposed treasures in unique shops and boutiques throughout the county.

History buffs wishing to get a glimpse of the past won’t be disappointed.  Among them are:  Montauk, home of Iowa's 12th governor; the Union Sunday School which houses the country's largest Kimball pipe organ being used for concerts; along with many one-room school houses, magnificent churches, century-old buildings, fascinating cemeteries, unique barns, statues, bridges, the Stone Man, opera houses and numerous museums.

Convenient motels, bed and breakfasts, public and private campgrounds, and many fine restaurants and stores are ready to serve our visitors.  Come be our guest and "Explore the Bounty of Fayette County."

Towns include Arlington, Clermont, Elgin, Fairbank, Fayette, Hawkeye, Maynard, Oelwein, Randalia, St. Lucas, Wadena, Waucoma, Westgate, and West Union (the county seat).

Fayette County Economic Development and Tourism

The Fayette County Economic Development Commission (FCEDC) is a nonprofit (28E) countywide economic development corporation. The primary purpose of FCEDC is to enhance job opportunities for the citizens of the Fayette County area. FCEDC will initiate and assist in activities involving the retention and expansion of existing employers along with the attraction of new employers and entrepreneurs. Further, the organization will assist in efforts to expand the capabilities of the county's workforce and seek to assist with individual community development efforts.

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News Headlines

Winter Walk to School Day!

Posted: Tue, January 18, 2022

REGISTER NOW for Winter Walk to School Day 2022! Happening on Wednesday, February 2nd. Click here to learn more!

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The UERPC January 2022 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, January 17, 2022

The UERPC January 2022 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/c79629096d41/uerpc-january-2022-newsletter-5742457

Highlights include:

  • Four Northeast Iowa Cities Awarded CDBG Funds
  • Homes for Iowa House Arrives in Allamakee County
  • Call for Applications for Multimodal Transportation Grants
  • SRTS Joins Viking Pride, Community Wide Efforts
  • UERPC Notices
  • UERPC January Work Anniversaries
  • Register for the Iowa SRTS Conference and Iowa Bike Summit
  • New Fayette County Community Resource Guide
  • January SRTS Monthly Motivators- Enjoy Winter!
  • January 5-2-1-0 Feature

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Call for Applications for Multimodal Transportation Grants

Posted: Wed, January 12, 2022

The Transportation Policy Board of Regional Planning Affiliation 1 (RPA-1) in northeast Iowa is pleased to announce the call for applications for Iowa’s Transportation Alternatives Program (Iowa’s TAP) and Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funding for diverse transportation projects in our region and communities.

Eligible projects for Iowa’s TAP funding include construction of walking and bicycling infrastructure such as sidewalks, ADA-compliant curb ramps, bicycle facilities, and paved multi-use trails, as well as certain community improvement and environmental mitigation activities. STBG funding can be used for all of the previously mentioned Iowa’s TAP eligible projects, as well as construction and reconstruction of roads, streets, and bridges. Because all projects eligible for Iowa’s TAP funding are also eligible for STBG funding, applicants for Iowa’s TAP eligible projects may apply to both programs for the same project. Applicants may also apply to both programs for a single eligible project that would include funding from both sources if awarded.

Eligible applicants include all public agencies and local governments within RPA-1 that have jurisdiction over public rights-of-way for transportation (including walking and bicycling facilities); public transportation agencies; and agencies with transportation planning responsibilities. The RPA-1 geographic region includes the Counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek.

The current application cycle is for funding in federal fiscal year (FFY) 2026, which begins on October 1, 2025. RPA-1 is expected to have approximately $2.2 million in STBG and $133,000 in Iowa’s TAP funding available for distribution. Applications for both programs will be accepted beginning January 31, 2022 and are due by February 28, 2022.

The application forms and instructions for both programs can be found on the Transportation page of the UERPC website. Contact Aaron Detter with any eligibiilty or application questions, adetter@uerpc.org or 563-419-6126.

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The UERPC December 2021 Newsletter is here!

Posted: Mon, December 20, 2021

The UERPC December 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/e15364f12aeb/uerpc-december-2021-newsletter-5693761

Highlights include:

  • A Reflection on 2021 from Rachelle Howe, Executive Director
  • Iowa Finance Authority Awards more than $9 million to Housing Trust Funds to Advance Housing Priorities
  • UERPC's Annual Legislative Forum held on December 3rd
  • 2022 Business Consortium Membership- New Member 1/2 Off Deadline is January 1st
  • UERPC NOTICES
  • Funding for Water Infrastructure and Water Quality Efforts
  • $5 Billion Available from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's Clean School Bus Program
  • Early Childhood Iowa Family Survey
  • December SRTS Monthly Motivators:  Happy Holidays!
  • December 5-2-1-0 Feature

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