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 over $276 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

Public meeting to discuss Iowa Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) to be held by conference call Aug. 16

Posted: Fri, August 5, 2022

AMES, Iowa – Aug. 5, 2022 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a virtual meeting to accept public comments about the draft Iowa Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

A brief overview of the STIP and its development process will be provided beginning at 2 p.m. and will be followed by time for comments and questions on the STIP. Should discussion be ongoing at 2:30 p.m., additional time will be made available to accommodate all comments on the document.  

The draft STIP identifies all projects proposed to be authorized for funding provided by the Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration during federal fiscal years 2023-2026. It includes projects for state, county, city, and federal transportation systems. Development of the STIP is required by federal law. The draft STIP can be viewed on the Iowa DOT's website at:

https://iowadot.gov/program_management/stip/2023-2026-STIP-Draft.pdf

Comments on the draft STIP can be provided at the meeting or by contacting Shelby Ebel at 515-239-1351 or Shelby.Ebel@iowadot.us. Comments on the draft STIP will be accepted through September 6, 2022. You can also contact Shelby Ebel if you would like a printed copy of the draft STIP.

Contact: Shelby Ebel at 515-239-1351 or Shelby.Ebel@iowadot.us

Editor’s note: Live audio will be made available via telephone. Dial 515-817-6093 and use conference ID 471 749 232# to join the public meeting.

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NEIRHTF ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Posted: Thu, July 28, 2022

NEIRHTF ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

 

The Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) is accepting applications for first time homebuyer down payment assistance and housing rehabilitationimprovement projects. Applicants must be low-moderate-income first-time homebuyers, homeowners, landlord/for-profit organizations, or non-profit organizations to promote and create affordable housing activities.  All applicants must be in one of the following counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek. Eligible projects include rehabilitation and repair of existing housing, including, but not limited to: roofs, windows, siding, plumbing, electrical, energy efficiency, lead paint issues, and handicap accessibility.

 

For more information on the NEIRHTF or to see if there is funding in your area, please contact Lori Quam with Upper Explorerland RPC, at 563-864-7551 or by email at lquam@uerpc.org.  You can also obtain an application online at http://uerpc.org/housing-trust-fund.html

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The UERPC July 2022 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, July 18, 2022

The UERPC July 2022 Newsletter is here! https://uerpc.org/newsletters.html

Highlights include:

  • UERPC Awarded Three Year Investment from EDA, Draft of 5-year CEDS Plan Available for Public Comment
  • Postville 5-2-1-0 Year One Wraps Up, Year Two Starting
  • UERPC Staff Scavenger Hunt
  • UERPC Notices
  • UERPC July Work Anniversaries
  • Job-related Resources
  • July 5-2-1-0 Feature

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The UERPC June 2022 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, June 20, 2022

The UERPC June 2022 Newsletter is here! https://uerpc.org/newsletters.html

Highlights include:

  • COVID-19, Water/Sewer CDBG Funding Awarded to Northeast Iowa Cities
  • Funding Available for Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority Section 8 Program
  • Iowa Association of Councils of Governments Hosts Directors Retreat in Decorah
  • Successful Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival Held
  • UERPC Mental Health Day Highlights
  • UERPC Notices
  • UERPC June Work Anniversaries
  • League of American Bicyclists Highlights UERPC's Safe Routes to School Program
  • UERPC Attends 4-State Economic Development Conference
  • UERPC Provides 360+ Helmets to Students! Borrow our Bike Safety Kit!
  • UERPC Staff Garden Party
  • June 5-2-1-0 Feature

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