assists local governments with grant applications to state and federal
agencies for financial assistance through grants and low interest loans.
Projects are directly linked to low and moderate income families and
are based on community need and impact. Funding has been traditionally
secured through the Iowa
Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Community Development Block
Grant (CDBG) program and through the USDA
- Rural Development grant
and low interest loan program.
Works projects that have been funded include water and sanitary sewer
improvements and systems. Connection to rural water systems, water towers,
wastewater lagoons and treatment facilities are a few of the projects
that have been funded within the region. In addition, funding is also
available to financially assist public facilities. Projects assisted
include group homes, senior centers, daycare facilities, family shelters,
facilities for children at-risk, and to assist mentally handicapped
also provides application assistance to other IDED and USDA program
such as the Community Development Fund, the Rural Business Opportunity
Grant program and the Rural Business Enterprise Grant fund.
Grant administration is provided for most grants and especially for
Community Development Block Grants which involve compliance with complex
state and federal regulations and guidelines. INRCOG provides assistance
from conceptualization of a project through the writing of the grant,
and grant administration including environmental and historical review,
assistance with the purchase of land, insuring contractor compliance
with federal wage requirements, through the final audit of the project.
INRCOG provides a wide array of technical assistance to both public
officials and the general public. Information can be provided on city
codes, resolutions, ordinances, community
builder plans, capital improvement plans, needs assessments for
solid waste, fire and emergency services departments and other general
areas relating to municipal and county activities.
Increment and Tax Abatement
Our region has over 30 cities with established Tax Increment Fund (TIF)
districts. INRCOG provides Urban Renewal plans, mapping, public hearing
information, consultation services, resolutions ordinances and sample
agreements for the establishment of an Urban Renewal area and the implementation
of a TIF project. Tax Increment can be used for a multiple of community
development purposes such as the purchase of land, demolition of existing
structures, financial assistance, financial incentives, infrastructure
including water, sewer and road improvements and many other ways to
make a local project a reality.
Small Business Development Center
Institute for Decision Making
Schoon, Director of Development
Lisa Ahern, Community Development Specialist