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The Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments is a voluntary association of local governments established by state law serving the member jurisdictions in Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw and Grundy counties. As a service and planning organization, it is responsible for coordinating, assisting and facilitating programs in Community and Economic Development that will benefit all governmental bodies in the INRCOG region. Emphasis is placed on intergovernmental communication and cooperation, accessing of funds, and the need for continuing, comprehensive planning.

***NEWS AND UPDATES***

FEMA Announces FY'15 Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Program
FEMA has announced the Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant program for FY 2015, which includes Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA). The HMA grant program will provide funds to states, territories, Indian tribal governments, and communities for hazard mitigation planning and mitigation projects prior to a disaster event. Funding amounts are based on Congressional appropriation. Projects submitted for consideration must be consistent with the goals and objectives identified in Iowa's State Hazard Mitigation Plan and local mitigation plan for the jurisdiction in which the activity is located. The PDM and FMA grants provide an excellent opportunity for communities to initiate mitigation projects that provide protection against natural hazards.
The HMA FY 2015 Hazard Mitigation Assistance program guidance provides critical information about eligibility, the National Evaluation Process, and other key aspects of each program. FEMA has changed program guidance. The guidance can be found here.

For more information, please contact Brian Schoon.

Black Hawk County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (MJ-HMP) Approved by FEMA
The 2015 Black Hawk County MJ-HMP was approved by FEMA on May 4, 2015. This is the county's first multi-jurisdictional plan with all nine cities and the county incorporated into a single document. The plan can be downloaded here (59.1 MB, 571 pages). Please contact Codie Leseman for questions about the plan document, or Brian Schoon for questions regarding the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

Iowa Highway 58 Corridor Improvement Study in Cedar Falls
INRCOG is assisting with a study of IA 58 between U.S. Highway 20 and Greenhill Road in Cedar Falls. This study will examine the needs along IA 58 and determine a preferred design layout to guide any future reconstruction. More...

The July - September 2015 COG Connection is available!

The Northeastern Exchange Newsletter - August 2015, a listing of materials from the Iowa Waste Exchange Program, is available!