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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RPA-1 draft Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP) for SFY 22 available for public review and comment

Posted: Fri, April 30, 2021

The Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP) for Regional Planning Affiliation 1 (RPA-1) and the Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) Transportation Policy Board is now available for public review and comment. The document will be available for public review for a minimum of 15 days prior to adoption, and will be considered for adoption at the Board’s next meeting, May 19th, 2021 at 11:00.

For more information, please visit: http://www.uerpc.org/public-comment.html

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The UERPC April 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, April 19, 2021

The UERPC April 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/d1ae5949196d/uerpc-april-2021-newsletter-5517638 

Highlights include:

  • President Signs American Rescue Act
  • UERPC Assists Elma in Pursuing Childcare Funding for Elma Community Complex Project
  • Trail Safety Campaign Launches in Winneshiek County
  • NICC Virtual Training Opportunities
  • UERPC Financial Report- June 30, 2020
  • UERPC is Open
  • Intern Spotlight:  Mackenzie Miller
  • FOR SALE:  City of Oelwein's Homes for Iowa House Ready to Become Someone's New Home
  • Board Boot Camp for Clayton County Nonprofits
  • Trees Forever Offers Seedling Tree Grant Program
  • Bike/Walk to School Day is May 5th!
  • April SRTS Monthly Motivators:  Time to Dust Off Your Walking Shoes and Bikes!
  • April 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Plant a School Garden!

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March 24th Housing Summit Now Online!

Posted: Mon, March 29, 2021

The Northeast Iowa Housing Summit that was put on by UERPC and the Northeast Iowa Business Network, on Wednesday, March 24th, can now be viewed online! Please click the tab below to view an overview of the summit as well as get the recordings from both sessions. 

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The UERPC March 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, March 15, 2021

The UERPC March 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/b570526e6727/uerpc-march-2021-newsletter-3777890

Highlights include:

  • IEDA COVID-19 Business Impact Survey Closes March 17th
  • Northeast Iowa Housing Summit Taking Place on March 24th
  • ICOG Legislative Update- March 5, 2021
  • UERPC is Open
  • NOTICE:  UERPC offices will be closed on Friday, April 2nd for Good Friday
  • Employee Spotlight:  Nathan Thompson
  • NICC Virtual Training Opportunities
  • Bike/Walk to School Day Planning Webinar on March 17th
  • March SRTS Monthly Motivators:  Time to Start MARCHING!
  • March 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Take a Break from Screens and READ!

 

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