East Central Intergovernmental Association

A regional response to local needs

7600 Commerce Park
Dubuque, IA 52002
800-942-4648 (Iowa Only)


Government Training Institute

ECIA was awarded a $150,000 grant in the summer of 2014 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish a government training institute (GTI)

The ECIA Government Training Institute (GTI) responds to the needs identified by low-income rural local government and economic development leaders in ECIA's region. This need was identified through a survey of local government leaders in Eastern Iowa in spring 2013. The goal of the GTI is to address these needs by developing group trainings, one-on-one trainings, idea sharing meetings and a possible data dashboard to improve the capacity of recipients.

Technical training in the critical areas of community and economic development, housing, and community facilities will improve the quality of life in the low-income rural communities in Eastern Iowa. It will also improve the service delivered to the beneficiaries. An improved level of service will make these low-income rural communities more attractive places to live and open/expand businesses.

There is no financial commitment on behalf of the cities and counties. All program costs, including grant match dollars, will be provided by USDA and ECIA. ECIA staff will be responsible for marketing, scheduling and coordinating all GTI programs. This includes developing training and program materials for the Institute.

For more information on ECIA's Government Training Institute, please contact Holly McPherson at hmcpherson@ecia.org.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.