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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***

CARES Resiliency Planning (4/21/21)
As part of INRCOG's CARES Planning Grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA), INRCOG completed focus groups in each county concentrating on the current economic state of our region since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local stakeholders including local government officials, nonprofit agencies, and economic development organizations, each shared how their community has been impacted and what the future needs are to build stronger, more resilient communities. Despite the difficulties of the pandemic on our community, signs show that our six-county region have been resilient and able to withstand major impacts of the pandemic. However, future commitments to address issues in small business growth, healthcare recovery, broadband connectivity, regional workforce needs, housing, and daycare continue. A draft summary of the report is available here. If you have any comments about the report or have community projects or needs you would like help addressing, please contact Isaiah Corbin or Brian Schoon for more information.


Black Hawk County Communications Board Request for Proposals
(
4/19/21) 
The Black Hawk County Consolidated Public Safety Communications Center Board is seeking proposals from a consultant that will help in assessing the operations of their existing communication center. The selected consultant will also assist with recommending efficiencies, best practices, and improvement alternatives to the Board in the submittal of a written report or study. Proposals must be submitted on or before 1:00 PM CST on June 14, 2021. Requests for additional information should be directed toward Brian Schoon.

RFP Vendor Packet
RFP Legal Notice

RFP Timeline
RFP Vendor Questions and Board Responses (5/12/21)


Draft Transportation Planning Work Programs Available (3/2/21) 
The draft FY 2022 Transportation Planning Work Programs (TPWP) for the MPO and RTA are available for review. These documents outline the transportation planning activities staff plan to conduct for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022. Comments will be accepted until the MPO and RTA consider adopting the final documents on May 13 at 10:00 a.m. and May 20 at 1:00 p.m. Comments and questions can be submitted to Kyle Durant.

DRAFT MPO Transportation Planning Work Program, 2022
DRAFT RTA Transportation Planning Work Program, 2022


Updated Information Regarding COVID-19 (2/5/21) 
The INRCOG Center will be re-opening on Monday, February 8. If you are able to have your business handled over the phone, by e-mail, or by traditional mail, we ask that you please continue to do so.    

Phone: (319) 235-0311
E-mail: inrcog@inrcog.org
Mailing Address: 229 E. Park Ave., Waterloo, IA 50703


OnBoard Public Transit and COVID-19 Update (2/5/21) 
OnBoard Public Transit is taking several precautionary measures to help protect our passengers and our drivers from the spread of COVID-19 including extra disinfecting, installation of sneeze guards, providing facemasks, face shields, gloves, and hand sanitizer. We are scheduling rides to reduce the number of passengers on each vehicle as much as possible and passengers will be required to wear a facemask while on the bus. Questions regarding our service can be directed to Ben Kvigne, Director of Transit by e-mail or by calling OnBoard Public Transit at (319) 233-5213.  


Introducing OnBoard Public Transit!
(2/5/21) 

We are excited to announce that the Iowa Northland Regional Transit Commission (RTC) is now OnBoard Public Transit! Open to the public, OnBoard Public Transit provides door-to-door transit service in Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Grundy, and rural Black Hawk counties. The OnBoard logo was created by Columbus High School CAPS alumni Lauren Coleman.

For more information about OnBoard Public Transit, visit our website:
www.onboardpublictransit.com



2021 Schedule of INRCOG Meetings (12/22/20)
The Schedule of INRCOG meetings for 2021 can be viewed here.


Your New Home is on the Horizon! (11/3/20)
Introducing the Grundy County Homebuyer Assistance Program available to income eligible homebuyers located in Grundy County. Contact Cindy Knox to learn more about the program!