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

STBG & Iowa's TAP Transportation Grants - Apps due Feb. 28

Posted: Thu, January 23, 2020

Applications for Iowa’s Transportation Alternatives Program (Iowa’s TAP) and Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funds are now available for the UERPC region. These programs support diverse transportation projects within our region, from streets and bridges to sidewalks and transit. The current applicaiton cycle is for funding in federal fiscal year 2024.

Eligible applicants include all public agencies and local governments within the RPA-1 region that have jurisdiction over public rights-of-way for transportation (including walking and bicycling facilities); public transportation agencies; and agencies with transportation planning responsibilities. RPA-1 includes the Counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek and public agencies and local governments with jurisdictions therein. For more information, contact Aaron Detter at 563-382-6171, ext. 1203 or adetter@uerpc.org

Application are due February 28, 2020 and can be found on the UERPC website.

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The UERPC January 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Thurs, January 16, 2020

The UERPC January 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/e3fa154e87f2/uerpc-january-2020-newsletter-3133317

Highlights include:

  • UERPC Announces State Housing Trust Fund Award
  • Call for Applications - Multimodal Transportation Grants
  • Decorah Low Rent Housing Agency Merger with Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority
  • Getting Rural America Back on Its Feet
  • Did You Know? WIOA Title I On the Job Training
  • Census Workers Needed
  • Happy Retirement, Sue!
  • Warm Welcome to Baby Bril!
  • UERPC's Rachelle Howe Named ICOG Chair
  • "Free Friday Morning Open Gym" Scheduled for February and March in Decorah
  • REMINDER: Beat the Blues Winter "Marathon" Challenge Ends February 12th
  • Request for Exhibitors: Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival
  • Tiny Northeast Iowa Town Experiencing Baby Boom
  • January 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Drink More Water
  • Let's Make 2020 'The Year of Change'
  • PLEASE NOTE:  UERPC Offices (except IowaWORKS) will be closed on Monday, February 17th to honor President's Day

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NEIRHTF Announces State Housing Trust Fund Dollars

Posted: Wed, January 15, 2020

The Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) is excited to announce they were awarded State Housing Trust Fund dollars of $229,763.  State Housing Trust Fund dollars are partnered together with local match to assist limited income households in our five-county region of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek. 

Applications are available for first-time homebuyers, homeowners, landlord/for-profit organizations or non-profit organizations to promote and create affordable housing activities.  Funding availability can go up to $10,000 in the form of a grant or low-interest rate loan.  For an application or more information on the NEIRHTF program, please contact Sarah at 563-864-7551, ext. 1101.  Applications are also available in our housing section on our website, http://uerpc.org/housing-trust-fund.html.

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UERPC Accepting Bids For Upper Roofing and Sidewall Project

Posted: Mon, December 30, 2019

Upper Explorerland RPC is accepting bids for upper roofing and sidewall project. 

Please submit a bid to include the upper roofing project and sidewall project at the Decorah UERPC office, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA. Contractors are required to maintain personal liability insurance with no less than $500,000 coverage. Please contact Rachelle Howe (563-382-6171 or rhowe@uerpc.org) for more details regarding the project. Bids can be mailed to UERPC (attn: Rachelle Howe, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA 52101), emailed to rhowe@uerpc.org or faxed to 563-864-7535.no later than 4:30 pm on 1/24/20.

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