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 January Newsletter

Posted: Mon, January 15, 2018

Some of the headlines you can read about this month include:

  • Discussing Legislative Priorities
  • Board Spotlight Amy Bouska
  • Winneshiek County Housing Study Completed
  • Winter Marathon
  • WSB Volunteer Recognizedf by West Union
  • Let's Get WISE on Workforce Recruitment
  • Iowa Trasportation Commission Approves Statewide Iowa's Transportation Alternatives Funding
  • Community Job Fair
  • NICC Small Business Development Center partners with WCDI to provide consulting services for businesses in NE Iowa
  • Green Iowa Americorps Home Assessment
  • EDA Notice of Investment Award
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Winter Marathon

Posted: Fri, January 5, 2018

Don’t forget to keep track of your outdoor activity time/miles now through March 3rd for your chance to win a fun raffle prize!

More Information at: https://walkneiowa.org/winter-marathon/

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UERPC December Newsletter

Posted: Thu, December 14, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month include:

  • Iowa Finance Authority Awards Funding to Housing Programs
  • Board Spotlight - Jon King
  • Beat the Blues Winter Marathon Starts January 7th
  • National Registered Apprenticeship Week
  • Luther senior Pulliam worked with displaced workers at IowaWORKS
  • Allamakee County Housing Survey
  • How do I prevent holiday stress?
  • Oh, The Weather Outside is... Delightful!
  • UERPC Holiday Hours
  • SAVE THE DATE: Discuss Legislative Priorities
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A Special UERPC Holiday Greeting

Posted: Mon, December 11, 2017

During this holiday season, we take time to reflect upon the good things we have, like our partnership with you!  Our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our success possible.  We appreciate working with you and hope that the holidays and the coming year will bring you happiness and success.  It is in this spirit that we say thank you and best wishes for the holidays and New Year.  Please take a few moments and enjoy our holiday word find below.

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