UERPC Financial Report

June 30, 2020

UERPC Financial Report

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) has played an important role in the quality of life of Northeast Iowa residents since 1972. UERPC specializes in areas of transportation, planning, energy, housing and economic and community development, just to name a few. In their pursuit for quality growth and prudent development, the communities and counties of Northeast Iowa are working with UERPC, a public organization with over 48 years of experience, on issues related to economic development, community planning, housing, workforce and transportation needs.

Fiscal Year 2020 has come to an end, but the challenges we faced continue. The pandemic, political division, the widening of economic inequality, infrastructure needs, and the need for a skilled workforce are all major issues. But some good things did come out of 2020:

  1. Improved internet and fiber – UERPC has seen this first hand with four (4) Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) awarded fiber projects;
  2. A change in work habits, while employees are learning to work from home, it could be a savings to families and businesses;
  3. Focusing on essential workers, Northeast Iowa Business Network (NIBN and UERPC) are hosting a variety of essential worker trainings along with 70 other business training offerings;
  4. A reduction in carbon emissions, decreasing by 8% in 2020; and
  5. A high support of community groups and family importance.

In FY 2019-2020, UERPC could not have predicted the pandemic or the aftermath of the economy. UERPC did bring in investments of over $7.1 million to the region for various projects that align with our mission. Due to many factors, but primarily the pandemic, revenues of the Commission’s governmental activities decreased 26.39% or approximately $834,000 from fiscal year 2019 to fiscal year 2020. UERPC program expenses were 23.89% or approximately $730,000 less in fiscal year 2020 than in fiscal year 2019. Grants/programs expenses decreased approximately $777,000. However, the Commission’s net position has not changed from June 30, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

UERPC continues to host two locations and 19 employees to serve our clients. These employees live, work and play within Northeast Iowa and have great pride in their work and where they reside. We encourage you to utilize our one-stop shop services to better assist your community or your county.

News Headlines

Fayette County residents and visitors invited to take housing survey

Posted: Wed, July 28, 2021

Fayette County Economic Development and Tourism (FCEDT) has partnered with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) to conduct a housing assessment to better understand the current status of housing in our area. The goal of this effort is to identify gaps and anticipate future housing needs in order to assist local stakeholders in finding solutions to current and future housing challenges.

All Fayette County residents, as well as those who work in Fayette County or frequently visit, are invited to take an online housing survey. The survey does not collect any personally identifiable information, and all responses will remain anonymous. The information gathered will assist UERPC, FCEDT, and other community stakeholders in understanding Fayette County’s housing needs.

The survey is available at the following web address: surveymonkey.com/r/FC-Housing

Readers are encouraged to share the survey link with any and all people who live in, work in, or frequently visit Fayette County. The more people that complete the survey, the stronger the assessment will be.

Questions may be directed to Aaron Detter at adetter@uerpc.org or 563-419-6126; or to Mallory Hanson at director@visitfayettecountyiowa.com or563-265-5248.

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The UERPC July 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Tue, July 20, 2021

The UERPC July 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/e370e8434bb3/uerpc-july-2021-newsletter-5590693

Highlights include:

  • American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA): Local Government Funding
  • Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Funding Available for COVID-19 Recovery
  • Yes, infrastructure investments create jobs--but the type of infrastructure matters
  • "Field Trips on Foot" Summer Partnership
  • Board Member Spotlight:  Sue Updegraff
  • Rural Innovation Grant Awarded for Elma Community Complex Project
  • Edgewood Lands Wellmark Large MATCH Grant for Viking Loop Trail
  • Winneshiek County Trail Safety Campaign
  • SRTS Monthly Motivators:  July
  • July 5-2-1-0 Feature

 

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Transportation Policy Board to meet July 21st

Posted: Wed, July 14, 2021

The next RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 21st, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., at UERPC’s office in Postville, 134 West Greene Street. The Enhancement and Technical Committees will meet beforehand at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively.

AGENDA:

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of the agenda
  3. Approval of the May 19th, 2021 meeting minutes
  4. Public Hearing: RPA-1 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
  5. Consideration and possible board action: Adoption of RPA-1 TIP
  6. RPA-1 Staff Updates
  7. NEICAC/EARL Transit Updates
  8. Iowa DOT Updates
  9. Floor Items
  10. Set next meeting date
  11. Adjournment
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RPA-1 draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for FFY 22-25 available for public review and comment

Posted: Thu, July 1, 2021

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Regional Planning Affiliation 1 (RPA-1) and the Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) Transportation Policy Board is now available for public review and comment. The document will be available for public review for a minimum of 15 days prior to adoption, and will be considered for adoption at the Board’s next meeting, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

For more information, please visit: http://www.uerpc.org/public-comment.html

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