July 2016

UERPC and ECIA partner to
assist with Region 1

The Region 1 Workforce Development Board selected Upper Explorerland as the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) service provider for Region 1. East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) is a partner and will operate as a subcontractor. 
CIA have been joint service providers for the Workforce Investment Act (WIA Youth, Adult and Dislocated Worker programs. Throughout the WIA years UERPC and ECIA have provided quality, cost effective services to thousands of dislocated workers and low-income youth and adults in Region 1.  We have always strived to target services to those adults and dislocated workers who really need assistance to become productive, self-sufficient workers
UERPC and ECIA have had extensive experience working together and exemplary performance in administering Youth, Adult and Dislocated Worker programs under the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Since the inception of WIA in 2000, UERPC and ECIA have been joint service providers in Region 1 with UERPC operating the Adult and Dislocated Worker programs in Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties and ECIA operating the Youth Adult and Dislocated Worker programs in Delaware and Dubuque Counties.  In addition, UERPC has been the fiscal agent in Region 1 for t
he past 15 years.  UERPC and ECIA are the current Youth, Adult and Dislocated Worker Program Service Providers under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Since 2000, UERPC and ECIA have jointly administered $25,911,679 in federal employment and training funds.
In addition to formula funds during the past 15 years, we have successfully administered the following grants as joint service providers totaling $9,052,858 including 15 National Emergency Grants, 12 State Emergency Grants, and 31 Early Intervention Grants.  We have also partnered with NICC on a wide array of grants including H1B Grant, Bridges-to-Healthcare Grant, Green Jobs Training Grant, Youth Career Connect Grant, and Iowa Economic Development Authority Career Link Grant.  As joint service providers in Northeast Iowa, we also collaborated with our
counterparts in Southwest Wisconsin and Southeast Minnesota on an Expanding Opportunity Grant that provided services to youth offenders throughout our tri-state area.  In addition, this tri-state partnership collaborated on an AIM2WIN economic development grant.
Services are targeted to youth, adult and dislocated workers who need assistance to become productive, self-sufficient workers.  UERPC and ECIA have performed at the highest level by achieving all 63 measures above the 80% goal for WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker Performance as well as the highest level with regard to WIA Youth Performance by achieving 73 of 74 measures above the 80% goal.

EDA Awards Planning Dollars to UERPC
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded UERPC $66,000 in planning funds.  These funds are utilized to complete an economic development scope of work including planning, transportation, community development and housing for our region.  Rachelle Howe, Executive Director states, “These funds assist all avenues of our work within the region.  The funds allow us to complete research for various projects and communities”.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal ec
onomic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.

Amy Chicos

UERPC welcomes Amy Chicos as the new Career Advisor for Upper Explorerland/IowaWORKS. Amy has had past experience working as a Director at Northeast Iowa Refugee Services, a Sponsor Developer at Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Services and a Co-founder at Northeast Iowa Montessori Schools, to name a few.  Amy is currently taking an online class on Crisis Communication.  She states "I didn’t realize all that there is to be aware of, and how important it is to take certain approaches when there is a crisis. There is a lot to learn, and it is really interesting and helpful."
Amy's hobbies include watching movies, reading books, walking and riding bikes on the trails, enjoying the natural beauty of the outdoors in northeast Iowa, and spending time with family.  All three children will be in high school this year and one is a Senior, so it will be a busy year!

Amy enjoys working on such a super team!

NE Iowa highlighted in Walking Book.

Hats off to Ashley Christensen, Safe Routes to School regional coordinator, with Upper Explorerland for Regional Planning Commission.  
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