Clayton County

Clayton County

So Much to Experience...

Clayton County is located in the beautiful hills of Northeast Iowa, bordering the majestic Mississippi River. Our scenic bluffs and natural beauty combine to provide unlimited recreational activities for visitors during all four seasons of the year...from ice-fishing on the Mississippi in the winter, to hiking trails highlighted by wildflowers in late spring, to canoe trips on our rivers in summer, to the breathtaking fall-foliage of autumn, Clayton County provides visitors with opportunities to experience the beauty of nature!


Our communities are scattered throughout the bluffs of Clayton County, and each has its own unique offerings to visitors who take the time to explore our country roads. We are fortunate to have the State of Iowa designated River & Bluffs Scenic By-Way, as well as the Great River Road located in Clayton County, which both lead visitors through several of these communities. We invite you to explore our communities' Main Street retail stores, gift, and antique shops. From fine dining along the Turkey River or Mississippi River to more unique casual experiences, such as the Gunder-Burger or the World's Largest Tenderloin, Clayton County is home to a wide variety of restaurants.



Towns include Clayton, Elkader (the county seat), Edgewood, Elkport, Farmersburg, Garber, Garnavillo, Guttenberg, Luana, Marquette, McGregor, Millville, Monona, North Buena Vista, Osterdock, St. Olaf, Strawberry Point, and Volga.  

Clayton County Development Group

The mission of the Clayton County Development Group is to enhance the opportunities for the creation of wealth for the citizens of Clayton County, Iowa through the promotion of Agriculture, Industry & Tourism; build strong profitable economic businesses through cooperation and education; create a destination for quality recreation and tourism and provide a quality of life that promotes public investment.

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News Headlines

UERPC August Newsletter

Posted: Tue, August 18, 2015

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Board Member Spotlight-Charles Frana
  • CDBG Trainings and Upcoming Workshops
  • School Traffic Picking Up
  • Searching for Grant Wood
  • Great Partnerships
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UERPC July Newsletter

Posted: Tue, July 21, 2015

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • First Time Homebuyer Funding Available
  • Board Member Spotlight-Les Askelson
  • Protect Iowa Habitat-Observe Mowing Restrictions
  • UERPC Employees Attend Workshop
  • Oelwein IRP
  • SRTS Annual Report Now Available
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Housing Program Meeting Being Held

Posted: Wed, May 6, 2015

Housing Program Meeting Being Held
Tuesday, May 19th at 11:00 a.m.
Oelwein Chamber and Area Development
25 West Charles, Oelwein, IA

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is hosting a meeting regarding housing programs that are available in Northeast Iowa.  Guest speakers include Jeremy Babcock and Steve Benne with Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), Jerry Floyd and Rita Eble from the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) and Kathy Pfiffner from USDA.

Hot Topics include:

  • IEDA Workforce Housing Tax Incentive Program (WHTIP) is to provide financial incentives for the development of housing.
  • IEDA Owner Occupied Rehabilitation to assist with rehabilitation assistance for low-to moderate income homeowners in their community.
  • IFA First Time Homebuyer or Qualified Veteran program to assist with down payment and rehabilitation assistance.
  • USDA-Repair and Rehabilitation Program to assist applicants with 1% loans and those 62 and older with grants for homeowner rehabilitation.
  • USDA Direct and Guaranteed loan programs for help in purchasing homes.
  • USDA Multi-Family Housing to assist with rental assistance in rural development financed apartments.
  • UERPC Housing Trust Fund Programs-Funding available to assist homeowners and landlords with rehabilitation assistance.
  • UERPC-Housing Choice Voucher program provides rental assistance to those under 50% of HUD’s income guidelines.


This meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Oelwein Chamber and Area Development office at 25 West Charles Street, in Oelwein.  If you are interested in attending this meeting or would like more information please contact Mary Huinker at 563-864-7551 ext. 111 or by emailing Lori Brockway at lbrockway@uerpc.org.

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FREE Informational Session on Financing Sources for Businesses

Posted: Fri, May 1, 2015

Clayton County Development Group in Elkader the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in Cedar Rapids and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission in Decorah are holding an informational session on various sources of financing for start-up & existing businesses.  SBA, a federal government agency devoted to assisting small & medium-sized businesses, will have a representative discussing business loan options, and Clayton County Development Group and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission will have a representative discussing RLF funds available for businesses.  The 1-1/2 hour session, including questions & answers, will take place on Tuesday, May 12th starting @ 5:30 PM at Clayton County Office Building at 600 Gunder Rd. in Elkader, Iowa.  Register today to attend contact Darla Kelchen at 563-245-2201.

WHAT:       Free informational session on sources of money for businesses
WHO:        New/start-up and existing business owners/managers
WHEN:      Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 starting @ 5:30PM & wrapping up by 7PM
WHERE:    Clayton County Office Building 600 Gunder Rd. Elkader
COST:        Free

Join Clayton County Development, Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission and SBA to learn more about the options available for financing your business.  Also, discussed briefly will be government contracting opportunities and free counseling along with low cost training resources available for businesses.  Get your questions answered.  Register by contacting Darla at the CCDG office at 563-245-2201.

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