About Us

About Us


The Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission is a regional organization serving 52 cities in Northeast Iowa. We provide support through regional cooperation and collaboration between local governments, nonprofits and community members. We are an essential portal for planning and economic development expertise. We provide resources to support housing, workforce development, business development, community planning, and transportation. We do this by connecting community members to resources.

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) was formally established in November of 1972.  UERPC was created to promote regional cooperation and meet the planning and economic development needs of local governments in the five NE Iowa counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek.

  • Providing technical assistance, information resources, and administrative services for local infrastructure projects and community facility projects to make communities a better place to live
  • Assisting with grants, providing loans and local financing tools to develop and preserve quality, affordable housing
  • Serving as the Economic Development District for the Region to stimulate economic growth through comprehensive loan programs, assisting with business plans, and financial packaging structured to meet the size and needs of individual businesses
  • Providing an extensive on-going cooperative planning effort to improve transportation needs of the area and assisting with regional transit planning to promote transit programs that further the development of the state's public transportation systems
  • Providing training and support assistance to low-income individuals, dislocated workers, and youth through classroom, pre-employment and on-the-job training programs
  • Providing assistance to low-income families with decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private rental market
  • Facilitating access to employment and services for Iowa job seekers with disabilities
  • Providing technical assistance on land use planning, zoning, sub-division regulations, and local government financing
  • Providing assistance in updating city ordinances and conducting requested needs assessments to determine local housing demand
  • Providing information on historic preservation, recreation planning, downtown revitalization, and urban renewal special taxation districts.


The work accomplished by this Agency is spoken of highly by city council members, community leaders, home and business owners, and others who have received their assistance and benefited greatly from it.

For more information or a tour of the facilities, feel free to contact us at (563)-382-6171 or at (563)-864-7551.

News Headlines

UERPC September 2019 Newsletter

Posted: Mon, September 16, 2019

The UERPC 2019 August Newsletter is here!

Highlights include:

  • City of Guttenberg and City of St. Olaf Awarded CDBG Water/Sewer Grant
  • Draft Long-Range Transportation Plan Available for Public Review
  • Future Ready Iowa Summit to be Held in Postville
  • Bike Safety Education for Youth
  • Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Applications 
  • Employee Spotlight:  Mary Fitch
  • Regional Business Input Sought
  • Walking and Biking School Buses Ramping Up
  • Annual Iowa Downtown Conference Held
  • September 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Get Ready for Walk to School Day!
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RPA-1 regional transportation plan available for public review

Posted: Tue, September 3, 2019

The draft long-range, multimodal transportation plan for RPA-1, Safe Mobility for Everyone, is available for public review on UERPC's website. The RPA-1 Policy Board will hold a public hearing and consider adoption of the plan at its upcoming meeting on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at UERPC's offices in Postville, located at 134 West Greene Street.

Comments may be submitted via the comment form on the webpage linked above. Written or verbal comments may also be submitted to Aaron Detter, UERPC, 325 Washington Street, Suite A, Decorah, IA 52101, by email at adetter@uerpc.org, or by phone at 563-382-6171. Comments must be received before September 19, 2019.

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UERPC August 2019 Newsletter

Posted: Thu, August 15, 2019

The UERPC 2019 August Newsletter is here!

Highlights include:

  • 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! Campaign Expands
  • Request for Exhibitors at STEM Festival in Elkader
  • Upcoming Calmar Business Workforce Alliance
  • Get Registered for the 2019 Healthiest State Walk
  • Employee Spotlight:  Mariana Vega
  • It’s Walking and Biking School Bus Time
  • Allamakee County Promotional Video Released
  • August 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Tips to Build a Healthy Lunch
  • Reminder:  UERPC offices will be closed on Monday, September 2nd

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Job Opening- Community Housing Associate

Posted: Tue, July 30, 2019

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission has a job opening for a full-time Community Housing Associate. The Community Housing Associate will work under the general direction of the Housing Department Head and will be responsible for providing community development administrative and technical assistance to Upper Explorerland and its individual member cities and counties. This position works primary with federally funded programs designed to assist low income homeowners and first-time home buyers with housing rehabilitation projects within the five-county region served by Upper Explorerland. The Community Housing Associate assists with all aspects of administering grant programs within the Housing Department, including, but not limited to, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Program, Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) and Federal Home Loan Bank.

Please submit resume and references to: Katie Nolte, Housing Department Head, 134 W. Greene St., Postville, IA 52162 or email to knolte@uerpc.org. Upper Explorerland is an EEO/EEP employer. 

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