Thank you for these wonderful endorsements of UERPC.......

Thank you for these wonderful endorsements of UERPC.......

“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


"The partnership with Upper Explorerland and the Oelwein Chamber & Area Development is of great value to our organization, as well as the community of Oelwein. The various programs they provide are very useful to the community, a great benefit to our residents and businesses.

Our local Revolving Loan Fund, being administered by UERPC, has prospered and helped fund many businesses in our community. The professional manner they do the administering of the funds and working with committee members is outstanding. The follow up procedures for annual reporting is outstanding as well.

The Oelwein Chamber & Area Development is proud to partner with UERPC for the many services they provide us. We look forward to working with them for many years to come."

Deb Howard, Executive Director
Oelwein Chamber & Area Development


"Working with Upper Explorerland has been beneficial for the City of Oelwein. Their employees are a great resource and help Oelwein in many areas. We have used Upper Exploreralnd for assistance in our goals for City Council, transportation planning, and administration of our Intermediary Revolving Loan Fund. We have such a positive relationship, it is like they are a staff member for the city. "

Dylan Mulfinger, City Administrator
City of Oelwein


"Upper Explorerland is a valuable resource and partner for our communities.  I experienced first hand their professionalism when UERPC led and facilitated the hazard mitigation planning for communities in Winneshiek County.  They brought various stakeholders to the table, listened to all input, and helped to synthesize an appropriate plan.  It was worth the time working side by side with UERPC.

 Recently, I attended the Food & Fitness Initiative event for NE Iowa and UERPC was well represented.  Their commitment to serve our communities is demonstrated through words and actions.  Their willingness to be a partner allows us to tap their expertise.  Whenever I am invited to participate in an UERPC sponsored event, I give it serious consideration given their track record of service and partnership."

Liang Chee Wee, Ph.D., President
Northeast Iowa Community College


"I would like to say a special thank you to the staff at UERPC. The help they have given the city with their SRF filing, well grant application and housing rehabilitation program has been great. It has been so nice having this resource with the expertise and knowledge they have, to help with all of these processes and to help make the projects run so smoothly."

Tammy Humble, City Administrator
City of Luana, Iowa


"Thank you Shelly and everyone at Upper Explorerland for your hard work in developing the RCDI application and then facing those gruesome federal forms and submission.  Your partnership is highly valued!"

In the spirit of NE Iowa service,
M. J. Smith, Director of Affiliate Foundations
Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque


"Rachelle- Just wanted to say thank you one more time for your assistance in the Community and Regional Planning mock interviews last semester. My best estimate is that over 50 planning professionals and friends of the department assisted in some fashion with delivering the CRP 331 Planning Professional Seminar last semester. The roles provided through this assistance included guest lectures, professional planning panels, student mentors and mock interviewers. The students—more than once—expressed their appreciation for all this help in not only giving them a better perspective of as how to obtain employment in the planning profession, but also a sense of what lies ahead post-graduation. 

I’ve always felt that you and Upper Explorerland present an excellent model for our students interested in rural planning, especially to our women students seeking ideas and models for their career. "

Tim Borch
Associate Professor, Retired Associate Dean, Iowa State University

News Headlines

RPA-1 Policy Board to consider TAP applications, Transportation Planning Work Program, TIP amendments at May 25 meeting

Posted: Wed, May 18, 2022

The RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board will discuss and award Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds at its meeting on Wednesday, May 25th. The Policy Board will also consider approval of the RPA-1 Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP) and amendments to the current Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The Policy Board meeting is at 11:00 a.m. and the Enhancement Committee (TAP recommendation) and Technical Committee (TIP amendment recommendation) will meet beforehand at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively. The meeting link is the same for all three of the meetings.

Visit the following web address to access the meeting:

tinyurl.com/5y792fea

Or call:    312-626-6799    Use meeting ID:     830 7977 6267

For details on the proposed TIP amendments as well as the draft TPWP, please click HERE.

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The UERPC May 2022 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Tue, May 17, 2022

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

Highlights include:

  • UERPC's Detter Featured as Keynote for Regional Roundtable
  • Freedom Bank Donates to Housing Trust Fund 
  • Driving Electric in Rural NE Iowa
  • Postville 5-2-1-0 Year One Project Update
  • What Exactly is the "Infrastructure Bill"?
  • UERPC Notices
  • Employee Spotlight:  Lori Quam
  • UERPC May Work Anniversaries
  • City of New Albin Breaks Ground for New Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Riceville Celebrates Earth Day with Walking School Bus Blitz Event
  • It's Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Annual UERPC Earth Day Trash Pick-up Event
  • May 5-2-1-0 Feature

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Special call for additional TAP funding; applications due April 30th, 2022

Posted: Tue, March 29, 2022

After an increase in funding targets resulting from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) that was recently signed into law, RPA-1/Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is seeking additional applications for Federal Funding through Iowa’s Transportation Alternatives Program (Iowa’s TAP). RPA-1 is expected to have an additional $440,000 available, which can be used on new or previously awarded projects in any of the next four federal fiscal years (FFY)—2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026—and in any combination of years, i.e. all funding in a single year, funding divided among two or more years, etc.

A document with additional nformation and instructions for this special call for applications is available below. The application form and full guidelines on Iowa’s TAP are available on the Iowa DOT's website here.

Applications are due by April 30, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Detter at 563-419-6126 or adetter@uerpc.org.

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Welcome to the New and Improved UERPC Office!

Posted: Mon, April 18, 2022

With our move and consolidation complete, we thought it would be fun to give a sneak peek into our new and improved office in Decorah (located at 325 Washington Street)! The location may be new for some and improved for others, but bottom line is that we are all very excited to be working under one roof to better serve your needs. Stay tuned for information on an open house event in the near future!

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