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 Newsletter

Posted: Mon, September 18, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Governor visits Northeast Iowa Region
  • Employee Spotlight - Amanda Judd
  • Enjoy a Walk This Fall
  • Congratulations Calmar!
  • UERPC travels to St. Paul for the National Walking Summit
  • Register to Exhibit at a Northeast Iowa STEM Festival
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Community Transportation Needs Assessment

Posted: Mon, September 18, 2017

Please take a few moments to complete a community transportation needs survey.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JNHGG23.  The information collected through this survey will help our region’s Passenger Transportation Advisory Group understand your issues and needs, and work to address them through the region's Passenger Transportation Plan. The deadline to participate in this survey is Friday, Sept. 29th. 

Thank you!

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Agency Transportation Needs Assessment

Posted: Mon, September 18, 2017

If you are an agency, business or organization in Northeast Iowa that coordinates client transportation or has clients with transportation needs please take a moment to complete the 2017 Agency Transportation Needs Assessment.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JNJRTJV.  The information collected through this survey will help our region’s Passenger Transportation Advisory Group understand your issues and needs, and work to address them through the region's Passenger Transportation Plan. Your input will also allow for a more thorough knowledge of available resources in the area.

The deadline to participate in this survey is Friday, Sept. 29th.  Thank you!

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October 18th NE Iowa Transportation Summit: Living in the Middle of Everywhere

Posted: Mon, September 18, 2017

The regional Transportation Advisory Group has worked with EARL Public Transit and Upper Explorerland to plan a regional Transportation Summit on October 18th at NICC (Calmar).  NICC is a partner for the event and has provided the Wilder Business Center location, and funds were granted by ITC to assist with planning and implementation.  Two keynote speakers and 9 best practice speakers will shed light on transportation concerns and solutions for NE Iowa.  We invite regional stakeholders in economic development, transportation, workforce, tourism, education, non-profit/services, and recreation to attend the event to engage in a discussion of how transportation supports economic development and quality of life for area residents.  Visit the following websites to register and learn more:

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/163179337567902/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A5%2C%22page_id_source%22%3A175314592497275%2C%22action_history%22%3A%5b%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A175314592497275%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C%22%3Anull%7D%22%7D%5d%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAvtuJaSAC72ltMYebgAc8ihAD8h_m6VpFlYoNqQf0F3CQTw/viewform

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