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.

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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