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.

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Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund Special Meeting Agenda

Posted: Fri, April 3, 2020

Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund

Special Meeting Agenda

Thursday, April 9, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m 

This will be a conference call meeting.  Please contact 605-475-4810 to join the meeting.  Participant access code is 625970*

Meeting is being conducted via conference call for health safety due to COVID-19

  1. Agenda Approval
  2. Approval of Minutes from February 20, 2020 regular meeting
  3. Discussion and Consider Approval of deferring loan payments temporarily due to COVID-19
  4. Floor Items
  5. Adjournment

Board meetings are accessible to all.  

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice

Posted: Thu, March 26, 2020

The following documents provide information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice.

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NOTICE: IowaWORKS Offices Limiting In-Person Services

Posted: Fri, March 20, 2020

IowaWORKS Centers are taking significant steps to follow the Iowa Department of Public Health's guidance for social distancing.

Effective immediately, IowaWORKS offices will only be open to customers with an appointment, or to accept identity verification from customers applying for benefits. Individuals are encouraged to call or email IowaWORKS to receive assistance:  uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov, or 866-239-0843.    

For more information and for updates, visit:  https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/updates-and-resources-about-covid-19

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UERPC Offices Closed to Public Until Further Notice

Posted: Tue, March 17, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 and public health concerns, both UERPC offices of 134 Greene Street, Postville and 325 Washington Street, Suite A, Decorah are closed to the public effective immediately and until further notice. Please know that we are still here to serve you. Feel free to contact us via email or phone at 563-864-7551.

**Special note regarding the Postville Office:  If you have mail to drop off, please use our exterior drop box. For updates, please check our website and follow us on Facebook.** 

**Special note on Rental Assistance: All April checks will go out as scheduled.**

Please call our office with questions or concerns at 563-864-7551. Thanks for your understanding.

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