Natural Resource Based Community & Economic Development

Northeast Iowa RC&D and the Iowa Department of Transportation are excited to see the installation of new byway signage along a 44-mile extension of the Driftless Area Scenic Byway into Winneshiek County. Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development, a non-profit organization looking to help improve, protect...

Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development Inc. will be starting on a community revitalization plan in Postville this summer. The plan seeks to increase private and public investment in the area by creating a comprehensive community vision for development, improvements and infrastructure. “We look forward to working...

The communities of Clermont, Elgin and Elkader in Fayette and Clayton Counties are linked by the special, scenic beauty of the Turkey River Corridor. The corridor communities share a common mission to develop and enhance the existing natural resource base of the Turkey River Corridor...

We work with county conservation boards and private trails groups across the region to help them plan and fund local trails and maximize connections with others through the regional system. As we help develop trails, we strive to maximize the environmental and economic benefits for...

This project helped Emilea’s Enterprises develop two closely tied natural resource based businesses that will provide job opportunities for special needs workers, Emilea’s Woodshop and Em's Coffee Company. Northeast Iowa RC&D secured a $25,000 NRBOG to help the entrepreneur with start-up. The RC&D also helped...

NE IA RC&D is just completing this multi-year, multi-jurisdictional, multi-million dollar project to develop a marina on the Mississippi River in historic downtown Guttenberg. The goal of the project was to provide assistance to the City of Guttenberg to maximize natural resource based economic development without...

This project has helped develop a natural-resource-based business, Glenwood Log Houses, which secures historic log houses, deconstructs them, and markets their authentic reconstruction and reuse.  It not only ensures the use of a historic natural resource, it is also diversifying and increasing local economic development...

Iowa's eleven byways are home to some of the most scenic roadways in the region. Travel these routes and you'll discover unique land features, welcoming people, and a host of fascinating cultural and historical sites not found on the beaten path....

This project will develop a new business, Grass Run Farm Inc, to process, market and deliver grass-fed beef and hogs from three family farms that manage livestock using chemical-free, grass-based methods to reduce environmental impact. The business model has great significance in Northeast Iowa and other areas where thousands of acres of highly erodible land, once in pasture or CRP have been, or are, being converted to row crop. 100% grass-fed beef production is a low impact agriculture practice that can restore abused farm ground.

Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development partnered with 34 schools from 13 school districts in Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek counties during the 2008-2009 school year to gather baseline data on: current attitudes and behaviors of students and parents toward walking and biking to...