Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission

Who We Are & What We Do

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is a council of governments that delivers a wide range of customized planning, advisory and resource development services to help communities build the future of the Northeast Iowa region. UERPC has become recognized as an ideal vehicle for addressing issues that require a regional perspective, obtaining over $225 million in grant funds since its establishment in November of 1972. 

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"Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission has been a great partner with USDA Rural Development in helping rural businesses and communities for the past 20 years that I have been working in NE Iowa.  By working together we have been able to successfully find different programs and funding to benefit organizations that needed assistance.  

Working with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, USDA Rural Development has funded the Intermediary Relending Program that created a revolving loan fund for NE Iowa, which provides essential gap financing and credit to small businesses and entrepreneurs.  Through this partnership, both UERPC and USDA have found ways to create employment that is essential to maintain the high quality of life in the rural communities in this corner of the state."

Douglas E. Moss, Area Director
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

News Headlines

UERPC July Newsletter

Posted: Tue, July 22, 2014
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • FFI Partners Nurture Worksite Garden
  • Board Member Spotlight-Randy Uhl
  • Seeking AmeriCorps Service Members
  • IowaWorks Did you Know
  • Zero Fatalities: A Goal We Can All Live With
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Seeking AmeriCorps Service Members

Posted: Wed, June 25, 2014
The Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI) in partnership with Luther College are accepting applications for the anticipated 2014-2015 AmeriCorps positions.

The AmeriCorps service members will join a team of enthusiastic people working in over 16 schools throughout Northeast Iowa to promote healthier school environments. Members will serve one or two districts within Northeast Iowa as they integrate healthy living into school culture through modeling and education. Members will develop youth leadership programs and deepen community investment in local healthy food access and opportunities for physical activity. As part of their service members, will support school gardens, encourage Safe Routes to School and integrate Farm to School activities across their assigned district.

Luther College is the host organization for the AmeriCorp State of Iowa 4-H positions.  AmeriCorps members will live and serve within school districts across Northeast Iowa transforming school environments to be healthier for students and models for their communities. Membership is open to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents age 17 and older.

On the ground, members will assist with school gardens, conduct nutrition and health education, and coordinate and train others to be leaders in this work.  Members will deepen the understanding for students, teachers and staff about the benefits of growing and consuming healthy, green, affordable food and being physically active.

With coaching, members will become a resource for school wellness committees in one or two districts and provide active programming that infuses healthy living into school culture.

AmeriCorps members may live within one of the following communities in the six-county region: Elkader, West Union, Oelwein and/or New Hampton.  Additional work space will be provided at the Environmental Studies department at Luther College where members will be able to connect with other folks doing similar service.

Service members receive a modest living allowance, travel reimbursement and an education award which can be used for higher education tuition or loan repayment after completing a full term of service.  The term of service is September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015.

Luther College is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis; positions will be open until filled.  Please submit an electronic letter of interest and a résumé highlighting experiences and rationale to Emily Neal, Director of School Outreach at Luther College at nealem01@luther.edu or find application info online at www.iowafoodandfitness.org.
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UERPC June Newsletter

Posted: Mon, June 16, 2014
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • Upcoming City Clerk Meeting
  • Employee Spotlight-Rachelle Howe
  • Safari Programs in NE Iowa
  • Iowa State researchers return to communities to assess small town quality of life
  • IowaWorks-Did you Know
  • UERPC Section 504 Training
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UERPC April Newsletter

Posted: Mon, April 21, 2014
Some of the headlines you can read about:
  • IARC Hosts Legislative Breakfast
  • Employee Spotlight-Kris Timp
  • IowaWorks Did you Know?
  • $1,066 Million in Funding for Housing Opportunities
  • Wellness Update
  • Upper Explorerland's Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program Publishes a Model for Rural SRTS
  • NE IA Charitable Foundation Awards FCLHTF
  • NICC Leading Implementation of $2.7M U.S. Department of Labor Grant to Upper Explorerland
  • Watch Elkader Live!
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