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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/Iowa Homeland Security Notices of Funds Availability (7/13/17)
The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) has released its annual Notices of Fund Availability (NOFA) for their competitive programs, Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA). Descriptions of each are below. Projects selected by HSEMD for submittal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as part of statewide applications, are due to the state on October 13th. Each description includes a program overview, a general list of eligible projects and requirements, as well as funding information. If you have questions about either program or their requirements, please contact Brian Schoon.

Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) FEMA 2017
Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) PDM 2017


Draft Public Participation Plan Available for Comment (7/12/17)
The Iowa Northland Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and Iowa Northland Regional Transit Commission (RTC) are soliciting comments on the draft 2017 Public Participation Plan (PPP). The PPP outlines processes for involving the public in document development and decision-making. The document covers regulations concerning public involvement, major documents produced by the RTA and RTC, and ways the agencies will solicit public participation in transportation planning. Copies of the draft PPP are available at the INRCOG office, or can be viewed here.

The public is encouraged to comment on the draft Plan. Comments can be submitted to the Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments, 229 E. Park Ave., Waterloo, IA 50703, to kdurant@inrcog.org, or by calling (319) 235-0311. All comments should be submitted by September 8, 2017. The RTA and RTC will adopt a final Plan at their meetings on September 21, 2017. Any questions or comments can be directed to Kyle Durant.


Upcoming Public Input Meetings for Transportation (6/6/17)
The MPO and RTA will be holding joint public input meetings this month to enable the public to view and comment on transportation projects proposed to receive federal aid in the next four federal fiscal years. These projects are included in the Draft Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs) for the MPO and RTA. The full documents are available for review, as well as a map showing project locations and information:

Map showing project locations and information
Background information on the MPO and RTA
Full Draft FY 2018-2021 MPO TIP (Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area)
Full Draft FY 2018-2021 RTA TIP (Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, and Grundy Counties)


Meetings will be in an open house format, with no formal presentation. Staff from INRCOG will be available to answer questions and discuss projects. The open houses will be held:

Wednesday, June 21, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Cedar Falls Recreation Center, 110 E 13th St

Thursday, June 22, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at SingleSpeed Brewing Co, 325 Commercial St, Waterloo

Following the public meetings, comments will be accepted on the Draft TIPs until the MPO and RTA hold public hearings and consider adoption of final versions of the documents at their July meetings. The public hearing for the MPO will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The public hearing for the RTA will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Both public hearings will be held at INRCOG, 229 E. Park Ave. in Waterloo.
Questions on the public input open houses can be directed to Kyle Durant at (319) 235-0311 or kdurant@inrcog.org.


Black Hawk County CJIS Request for Proposals (5/5/17)
The Black Hawk County Criminal Justice Information System Board is seeking proposals from a consultant that will help in assessing the software needs of a consortium of local governments and their law enforcement agencies with purchasing a Criminal Justice Software System. The selected consultant will also assist with recommending a software package, procurement of a vendor, and implementation of said system.

CJIS Board RFP Timeline
CJIS Board RFP Vendor Package


INRCOG Board Adopts Strategic Plan (3/16/17)
With the assistance of the University of Northern Iowa’s Institute for Decision Making, INRCOG has completed a major update of the agency’s Strategic Plan. This effort focused on six primary goals thatwill guide delivery of service to our members for the next several years. The Plan was adopted by the INRCOG Board of Directors at their meeting on March 16, 2017.

The Plan is available here.


The Iowa Northland Regional Transit Commission, a service of INRCOG, is looking for bus drivers! Visit our Job Openings page.
The July - September 2017 COG Connection is available!

The
Northeastern Exchange Newsletter - July 2017, a listing of materials from the Iowa Waste Exchange Program, is available!