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 November 2019 Newsletter

Posted: Mon, November 18, 2019

The UERPC 2019 November Newsletter is here!

Highlights include:

  • UERPC Attends Growing Sustainable Communities Conference
  • City of Oelwein Awarded CDBG Water/Sewer Grant
  • Update on Jes Wegner's "What Would You Do With $1,000?" Project
  • We Appreciate You SO Much, Walking and Biking School Bus Volunteers!
  • Employee Spotlight: Lee Balik
  • "Time is Money" Presentation at Upcoming City Clerk's Meeting
  • Another Successful Northeast Iowa STEM Festival
  • November 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Pick Healthy Sides for the Holidays
  • Reminder:  UERPC offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th for the Thanksgiving Holiday
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Give input for Iowa DOT Transit Plan

Posted: Tue, October 22, 2019

The Iowa Department of Transportation is seeking input for their public transit long-range plan. The survey and information about the plan can be found at https://iowadot.gov/iowainmotion/Modal-Plans/Public-Transit-Plan. Everyone is encouraged to take the survey. It will be open through November 1.

Please feel free to share with others in your community.

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UERPC October 2019 Newsletter

Posted: Mon, October 21, 2019

The UERPC 2019 October Newsletter is here!

Highlights include:

  • Oelwein Intermediary Relending Program Recently Established
  • Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival is October 24, 2019
  • Transportation Policy Board Adopts Revamped Transportation Plan for Region
  • Census 2020: What's at Stake
  • Free Collection of Local Pavement Data to Change from 2-year to 4-year Cycle
  • Employee Spotlight: Kim Vorwald
  • UERPC Presents on Safe Routes at Iowa Cancer Summit
  • UERPC Enjoys Staff Outing at Yellow River State Forest
  • UERPC Joins Thousands of Iowans for Healthiest State Walk
  • Walk to School Day Celebrated in Northeast Iowa
  • October 5-2-1-0 Feature: Healthiest State Month
  • Reminder:  UERPC offices will be closed on Monday, November 11th to honor Veteran's Day
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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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