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Jason Parrott / TSPR

A new multi-agency partnership in Keokuk could lead to the construction of new homes within the city. It's called the Keokuk Housing Initiative (KHI).

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Southeast Iowa is seeing its fair share of upper-story housing projects with work underway on dozens of units in Burlington, Fort Madison, and Mount Pleasant. Now there is money available for developers focusing on smaller projects.

Several construction projects in southeast Iowa will receive some federal funding, though the check is not in the mail.

A hiking and biking trail is proceeding, slowly but surely, in Des Moines County.

The Keokuk City Council is taking steps to be able to apply for a $500,000 state grant that could be used to improve the look of the city’s downtown district.

Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission (SEIRPC) Executive Director Mike Norris says the organization has come a long way over the last four decades.

The Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission says members are more than getting their money back on their investments in the organization.

Des Moines County is selling some of the properties it acquired after the Flood of 2008.

Iowa Fertilizer Company’s new production plant in northern Lee County could have an even larger impact on the local housing market than first anticipated.

Des Moines County Flood Buyout Nearly Over

Oct 29, 2012

Des Moines County is close to completing a project that is more than four years in the making.

Regional Planner Dan Eberhardt says 19 structures in the northeast corner of the county had to be addressed after the devastating flood of 2008.

He says about 2/3 of them have already been demolished, with the remaining 6 in Huron Township to be taken down within the next few weeks.

The lots are as large as three acres. 

The remaining demolition projects would complete the county’s buyout program.

The Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission (SEIRPC) is trying to get more money in the hands of potential employers.

The organization currently administers four regional revolving loan funds.  Its executive committee has signed off on a plan to increase the maximum amount of money available through the funds.

Executive Director Mike Norris says instead of $125,000, potential businesses in Lee, Des Moines, Henry and Louisa Counties could access $250,000.

Emphasis - July 13

Jul 13, 2012

Jason Parrott's guest is Mike Norris, who is the Executive Director for the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission.  They talk about the work of the commission and several ongoing projects.

The SEIRPC serves governmental bodies in Lee, Des Moines, Henry and Louisa Counties.  The voluntary membership organization does contract work, performs property management and oversees state and federal funding for cities, counties and school districts.