Thank you for these wonderful endorsements of UERPC.......

Thank you for these wonderful endorsements of UERPC.......

"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

"Upper Explorerland is a valuable resource and partner for our communities.  I experienced first hand their professionalism when UERPC led and facilitated the hazard mitigation planning for communities in Winneshiek County.  They brought various stakeholders to the table, listened to all input, and helped to synthesize an appropriate plan.  It was worth the time working side by side with UERPC.
Recently, I attended the Food & Fitness Initiative event for NE Iowa and UERPC was well represented.  Their commitment to serve our communities is demonstrated through words and actions.  Their willingness to be a partner allows us to tap their expertise.  Whenever I am invited to participate in an UERPC sponsored event, I give it serious consideration given their track record of service and partnership."

Liang Chee Wee, Ph.D., President
Northeast Iowa Community College

"The Howard County Board of Supervisors would like to show our appreciation to the Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission for all the wonderful work that this organization has done for our County. UERPC works very well in providing various services to all of Howard County and to the Cities within our county including Hazard Mitigation, Smart Planning, and other programs. Funds for Housing Rehabilitation and Single Family New Construction were also awarded thru UERPC.
UERPC is also working with Howard County in helping to obtain a CDBG Grant to help us to redo a lagoon for the Howard County Residential Care Facility. UERPC has already help this Residential Care Facility to obtain a CDBG Grant in order to proceed in the expansion of the Alzheimer's Unit. This expansion will benefit all of Howard County but especially the folks that need this type of care.
We as a Board Thank Upper Explorerland Regional Planning for all of their great work and look forward to working with this fine organization for years to come."
Adolph Mick Gamez, Former 1st District Supervisor

Don Burnikel, 2nd District Supervisor

Jan McGovern,
3rd District Supervisor

"I value our partnership with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission.  With their assistance, ISU Extension and Outreach in Winneshiek County received a USDA Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grant for $90,000.  ISU Extension is matching the USDA funds to hire a Food Value Chain Coordinator to fill some of gaps in technical assistance and coordination needed to help farmers develop new products, identify new partners and markets, and create jobs in northeast Iowa. 

They have also helped me as the coordinator for the Northeast Iowa Food & Farm Coalition and regional educator with ISU Extension and Outreach write several proposals to help farmers develop new products, identify new partners and markets, and create jobs in northeast Iowa.  Their staff is professional and has amazing connections to partners in the tri-state area.  UERPC is an important part of our team."

Teresa Wiemerslage
ISU Extension and Outreach Regional Program and Communications Coordinator

"The Iowa Economic Development Authority works very closely with Iowa's Councils of Governments in administering many different federal grants.  It has been a pleasure working with UERPC's personnel on Community Development Block Grant projects.  The UERPC staff are very eager and conscientious of fulfilling their professional responsibilities administering federal grants."

Benton Quade, Project Manager
Iowa Economic Development Authority

"The staff support provided by UERPC for our local grant projects has assisted us in making sure that our grant reporting is done correctly and in a timely fashion.  The staff is knowledgeable and very professional in dealing with all aspects of community redevelopment projects.  We are very lucky to have the UERPC staff here in Northeast Iowa."

Robin Bostrom, Program Director
Main Street West Union

"The City of West Union has had the opportunity to work with Upper Explorerland on many projects.  The Downtown Streetscape Pilot Project required coordination from many federal, state and local agencies and Upper Explorerland was the catalyst in pulling together everyone involved.  From environmental review to grant administration, Upper Explorerland has been a significant driving force in our success with this innovative and challenging project.  Their level of expertise in a variety of areas goes unmatched.  The team at UERPC can make projects that seem "out of reach" possible."

Robert E. Vagts, City Administrator
City of West Union, Iowa

"I would like to say a special thank you to the staff at UERPC. The help they have given the city with their SRF filing, well grant application and housing rehabilitation program has been great. It has been so nice having this resource with the expertise and knowledge they have, to help with all of these processes and to help make the projects run so smoothly."

Tammy Humble, City Administrator
City of Luana, Iowa

"Thank you Shelly and everyone at Upper Explorerland for your hard work in developing the RCDI application and then facing those gruesome federal forms and submission.  Your partnership is highly valued!"

In the spirit of NE Iowa service,
M. J. Smith, Director of Affiliate Foundations
Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

"I don't know what I would do if you guys weren't in my life.  I wouldn't be able to make it.  HUD is very helpful.  I appreciate everything you guys have done for me.  Thanks a lot."

HUD Section 8 Program Recipient

"I truly would like to thank you for your presentation and delivery of the information for last night's meeting.  I truly am grateful we had the chance as a group of diverse community members to interact, discuss and then come together as a general coalition in the end.  Both of you have shown unwavering support and I have leaned on you as pillars in this vision for Calmar that we are building.   We are in your (Upper Explorerland's) debt and we hope to be dedicated partners as we go into the future.  Again, thank you!"

Corey Meyer, Mayor of Calmar

UERPC and staff have completed a wonderful Comprehensive Planning Project for the community of Hawkeye, Iowa. They have taken a small town dream to better themselves for the future and made it a reality! From the very beginning UERPC approached the project with a positive and "can do" attitude. Always involving the steering committee and community with decision making and "ownership" of their future.

I was always impressed with UERPC's preparation and attention to detail, never once did we feel like we were too small to matter. As we progressed we realized that we may have been visualizing our own limitations, Karla Organist and staff helped us in breaking our barriers and to really use our abilities and resources to put together a plan that will benefit our community for generations.

Mark Creery, Vision Hawkeye Member

News Headlines

UERPC September Newsletter

Posted: Mon, September 21, 2015

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Workforce Housing Loan Program
  • Alison Holten, Board Member Spotlight
  • Public Input Meeting in Decorah
  • Call to Action!
  • City Accounting Training
  • City Clerks Gather at UERPC
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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

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