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RPA 3 Long Range Transporation Plan out Public Comment
November 17, 2017
RPA 3's 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan is avaliable for comments from the public. Comments can be directed to no later than December 17th.

Notice of Funds Avaliabity-FEMA Funding
August 29, 2017

Dear Colleagues                                                                                               August 28, 2017


The State of Iowa will receive FEMA disaster funding under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) as part of Presidential disaster declaration DR-4334-IA (July 19-July 23, 2017) as a result of severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred in our State this summer.


Project Types


The State is making available HMGP funds for those eligible hazard mitigation project types that will reduce or eliminate losses from future natural disasters, including but not limited to:


  • Construction of tornado safe rooms (Multi-functional community or school safe room projects are highly encouraged)
  • Acquisition, structural relocation or elevation of buildings located in a special flood hazard area
  • Structural and non-structural retrofitting of existing public buildings, facilities, or utilities to protect against wind, ice, or flood hazards
  • Minor structural hazard control or protection projects such as storm water management (e.g., culverts, floodgates, retention basins)
  •  Localized flood control projects, such as floodwall systems, that are designed specifically to protect critical facilities and do not constitute a section of a larger flood control system
  • Development of multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plans and plan updates


Due to the size and type of disaster property acquisition projects will be prioritized over other project types.


Eligible Applicant


Potentially eligible applicants include:


  • State agencies and local governments
  • Federally recognized Indian tribal governments, including State-recognized Indian tribes, and authorized tribal organizations
  • Private nonprofit (PNP) organizations or institutions that operate a PNP facility as defined in the 44 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 206.221(e).


The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires a FEMA approved local hazard mitigation plan prior to FEMA awarding HMGP project funds. Funding will be limited to sub-applicants with an approved local hazard mitigation plan at time of award.


Applicants with proposed projects located in a FEMA-identified Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) are eligible for funding only if the jurisdiction in which the project is located is participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). There is no NFIP participation requirement for projects located outside of the SFHA.


Funding & Cost Share: Est. Funding $1,400,000


This is a cost share grant program which means that awarded grants will be funded as follows:


  • Federal (FEMA) share of total eligible costs  – 75% maximum
  • Non Federal share of total eligible costs – 25%
    • State of Iowa – 10% (typical )
    • Local – 15%


Iowa Code 455B.262A [effective 6-30-2011]; State participation in funding financial assistance (10% State cost share) for a flood related disaster requires participation in the NFIP for a city or county with an effective FEMA published flood insurance map that identifies a SFHA. To determine NFIP participation please visit:


Notice of Interest (NOI) & Application Process


Applicants must complete the appropriate (project specific) NOI form located in the EMGrantsPro grants management system. The NOI forms can be found using the following link: NOI’s will be accepted on a continuous basis or until otherwise notified.


The State hazard mitigation staff will review NOIs using basic eligibility criteria for HMGP projects outlined in 44 CFR 206.434 (c), project type and level of interest in relation to acceptance of a greater local cost share. Invitations to complete a full HMGP project application will be sent to qualifying sub-applicants for both new NOI’s and previously submitted NOI’s where limited funding was available. Invitation letters will identify a State Mitigation Project Officer who will work directly with the applicant. This Project Officer will contact the applicant to discuss the proposed project, the application requirements, and be available to provide technical assistance during the application development process if needed.


For additional information or questions, feel free to contact a lead State Mitigation Project Officer:


Dan Schmitz – Deputy State Hazard Mitigation Officer:                  515-725-9369

Matt Noble - Planning:                                                                       515-725-9404

Jonathan Pogones - Acquisition/Relocation:                                      515-725-9384

Terry Brown – Acquisitions/Relocation                                             515-725-9371

Leon Freeman–Electric Utilities/Safe Room:                                     515-725-9378

Carol Tomb – Infrastructure                                                               515-725-9305


We ask that the County Emergency Management Coordinators, Councils of Government, and Planning Commissions forward this information to the communities in their service area to achieve the widest distribution possible.


Please contact Steve Hallgren 712-262-7225; ext 141, Darren Bumgarner 712-262-7225; ext 143 or Cara Elbert 712-262-7225; ext 152.

NWIPDC Services Questionnaire
February 26, 2014
NWIPDC is a regional governmental organization whose mission is to provide community and economic development and job training services for a nine county region of northwest Iowa. NWIPDC functions as an extension of our member governments, providing professional specialized services that are typically not financially feasible for each governmental entity to provide on its own. Please complete the following eight(8) questions in order to allow NWIPDC to provide your city or county the best possible services.

Please click on the link below to complete a survey. Your particiation is crucial in helping us develop services that help to serve our member cities.

FY 14 Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund Allocation
February 5, 2014


For immediate release:
January 22, 2014




The Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund, Inc. (NWIRHTF) announces the release of $344,237 from the State Housing Trust Fund for fiscal year 2014.  The money was released from the Iowa Finance Authority who administers the State Housing Trust Fund.  This financial assistance along with $55,545 in matching funds from the participating counties will allow the NWIRHTF to provide financial assistance to low to moderate income homeowners in making the necessary repairs to their homes.  The financial assistance will be in the form of both grants and low interest loans.  


NWIRHTF is a non-profit housing organization that promotes the creation and preservation of affordable housing in Buena Vista, Emmet, Lyon, Osceola, O’Brien and Sioux counties.  Financial assistance is limited to only households at or below 80 percent of the area median income and at least 30% of the funding will be set aside to benefit extremely low-income households.  The income limits are:


30% AMI (1-2 Persons)      

30% AMI (3-6 Persons)

80% AMI (1-2 Persons)      

80% AMI (3-6 Persons)

Buena Vista County                               










Lyon County                                           





O’Brien County                                      





Osceola County                                       





Sioux County                                           






Households with incomes under 30% of the Area Median Income Limits are eligible for financial assistance in the form of a forgivable grant up $7,500 for home repairs.  Households at 31% to 80% of the Area Median Income Limits are eligible for financial assistance for a combination of a grant up to $7,500 and a low interest (2%) loan up to $15,000.  Applicants with incomes between 31% to 80% AMI are only eligible for the grant after two thirds of the project costs are covered by the low interest loan.  Applicants applying for these repayable loans must have a credit score of 620 or higher.


The Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund has awarded over $775,000 in loans and grants to 130 low and moderate income households over the past four years.  Financial assistance was granted for basic structural repairs such as roofs, windows, siding and etc. Applications for 2014 can be picked up at City Hall or by contacting Sherry Zinn at 712-262-7225 Ext. 139. 




New Service Offered from NWIPDC
September 10, 2012

The NW Planning and Development Commission are offering a new service of zoning administration to the participating entities in the region. Please refer to Zoning Administration Services under the Services and Programs section for more information.


If you have any questions, please call Steve Hallgren, Planning Director or any of the NWIPDC Planning staff at 712-262-7225 for assistance.