Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission

Who We Are & What We Do

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is a council of governments that delivers a wide range of customized planning, advisory and resource development services to help communities build the future of the Northeast Iowa region. UERPC has become recognized as an ideal vehicle for addressing issues that require a regional perspective, obtaining nearly $256 million in grant funds since its establishment in November of 1972. 

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“Our long-standing partnership with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission has helped foster opportunities and economic security in northeast Iowa. Together, we have created numerous revolving loan funds, and provided funding for technical assistance creating employment opportunities and increasing the quality of life for rural Iowans.

When rural Iowa thrives, the entire state thrives.

USDA Rural Development programs and our partnerships with organizations such as UERPC are catalysts for rural prosperity through a variety of tools and resources we offer that ensure rural families, businesses and communities have the access to the help they need today, and into the future.”

Grant Menke, State Director in Iowa
USDA Rural Development


This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

News Headlines

City of Oelwein Offers Residents New Home Rehabilitation Loan Fund NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Posted: Wed, July 1, 2020

Beginning July 1st, 2020, the City of Oelwein will begin offering residents a new funding source to finance needed home repairs and improve residential neighborhoods and livability of single-family homes. The Home Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program provides low interest loans to residents meeting eligibility criteria.

The City recognizes the entire community benefits when everyone has stable, decent, and affordable housing. The intent of this program is to expand on existing efforts targeting low income households by offering the same opportunities to residents across a broader range of socio-economic statuses. Residents with up to 150% of the MHI for Fayette County are eligible to apply for assistance.

“Establishing a dedicated, self-funded program provides greater stability and flexibility to successfully grow a community and meet the housing needs of its current and future residents. This freedom will allow tailoring of the program to the exact needs of the City of Oelwein,” said Katie Nolte, Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) Housing Department Head.

The minimum loan amount is $1,000 and the maximum amount is $15,000. Interest rates range from one to four percent. Homeowners with household income greater than 100% of the Fayette County median income will be required to provide matching funds of 10-25% of total project costs. Both interest rate and match funds are determined by household size and income level.

UERPC will administer the program on behalf of the City. Applications will be accepted by UERPC on a continuous basis. Applications can be obtained at the Upper Explorerland Office at 134 West Greene Street, Postville, at City Hall, or by phone at 563-864-7551. You can also obtain an application online at www.uerpc.org or www.cityofoelwein.org.

Interested parties should contact Katie Nolte or Lee Balik at UERPC at 563-864-7551 or email knolte@uerpc.org with any questions or to be sent an application packet.

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RPA-1 draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for FFY 21-24 available for public review and comment

Posted: Fri, June 19, 2020

The draft RPA-1 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for federal fiscal years (FFY) 2021-2024 is available for public review and comment and can be viewed by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. RPA-1 includes the Counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek in northeast Iowa. The TIP document identifies the multimodal transportation projects—street, transit, highway, bridge, planning, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities—on which state and federal funding will be used over the next four years within the RPA-1 region.

Please CLICK HERE to review the document and submit any comments. Comments must be received no later than Monday, July 6, 2020.

The RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board will hold a public hearing at its meeting on July 7, 2020 to receive and review comments on the draft RPA-1 TIP. For information on the July 7 meeting, please contact Aaron Detter by email at adetter@uerpc.org, or by phone at (563) 419-6126.

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UPDATE: UERPC Now Open by Appointment

Posted: Mon, June 15, 2020

UPDATE:  UERPC Now Open by Appointment

 

During the pandemic, UERPC has had to rethink our way of doing business. We feel the best solution for the safety of our staff and our clients is to open by appointment only. 

To make an appointment, please contact either office (Postville 563-864-7551 or Decorah 563-382-6171) or contact a specific staff member to set up a meeting. 
 
When visiting our office for your appointment, you will be asked to wait at the front door until a staff member comes to welcome you. We ask that you use provided hand sanitizer prior to entering and to also wear a mask while in our facility (if you do not have a mask, one will be provided at the door). This is for your safety as well.
 
We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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The UERPC June 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, June 15, 2020

The UERPC June 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/81091f451e91/uerpc-june-2020-newsletter-3208770

Highlights include:

  • Funding Awarded for Northeast Iowa Electric Vehicle Market Analysis and Acceleration Project
  • Praise for WIOA Title I Dislocated Worker Program
  • Small Business Helpline Expands Services
  • NOTICE:  UERPC Offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd
  • COVID-19 Iowa Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program
  • UPDATE:  UERPC Now Open by Appointment
  • Employee Spotlight:  Ashley Christensen
  • COVID Recovery Iowa
  • ATTENTION EMPLOYERS
  • Pandemic Extended Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) Information
  • Public Input Sought on State Transportation Plan 
  • Recruiting for 2020 Census Workers Ends June 30th
  • June 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Fuel Your Summer with Water

 

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