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 June Newsletter

Posted: Mon, June 19, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Walk More Connect More
  • Employee Spotlight-Ashley Stanbrough
  • NAHRO Awards
  • 2018-2022 TIP draft is open for review
  • Bike Rodeo Event
  • Allamakee County Economic Development and Tourism and Upper Explorerland Join Forces
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UERPC May Newsletter

Posted: Mon, May 15, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Candidate Class Held
  • Board Spotlight-Janell Bradley
  • Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative
  • Thank you RSVP Program
  • Walk Northeast Iowa
  • Clayton County Conservation Board Seeks Feedback
  • NE Iowa Family STEM Festival
  • WCDI Biz Booster/Ag-Mini Grant
  • Save the Date-City Clerk Meeting
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Clayton County Conservation Board Community Park User Survey

Posted: Fri, May 12, 2017

Clayton County Conservation Board is seeking input from area residents regarding their use of park and trail facilities in Clayton County.  Please take a moment to complete the survey, which can be found at the following web link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017CCCBParkUserSurvey.  The feedback provided will be used to set goals for future park, trail and open space expansion, improvement and protection.   Thank you!

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2009 Chevy Impala For Sale

Posted: Wed, May 3, 2017

UERPC is seeking car bids for a 2009 Chevy Impala, LS 3.5L V6 package, 4-speed transmission, 122,000 highway miles, white exterior, four-door, cloth interior, air bags, cruise control, power doors and window locks, very clean. Minimum bid is $5,500.  Sealed bids due on May 19, 2017 at 12:00 (noon) to Rachelle Howe, UERPC, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA  52101.  Do not need to be present at opening.  Will let bidders know by May 26th.

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