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

The UERPC November 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, November 15, 2021

The UERPC November 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/4d511e689d04/uerpc-november-2021-newsletter-5685517

Highlights include:

  • Changes on the Horizon for UERPC
  • Northeast Iowa's multi-use trails are becoming a "backbone" of the region's economy; UERPC's analysis puts dollar sign on their impact
  • Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Funding Available for COVID-19 Recovery
  • UERPC Notices
  • UERPC 2021 Legislative Event Scheduled for December 3rd
  • UERPC Announces Resilience Toolkit for Small Businesses
  • Keep Iowa Beautiful Photography Contest Happening Now
  • November SRTS Monthly Motivators- Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day
  • November 5-2-1-0 Feature

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The UERPC October 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Tue, October 19, 2021
The UERPC October 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/4d62d26a7095/uerpc-october-2021-newsletter-5669009 
 
Highlights include:
  • Upper Explorerland and Winneshiek Energy District Lead Regional Electric Vehicle Collaborative
  • City of New Albin Awarded CDBG Water/Sewer Grant
  • Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Funding Available for COVID-19 Recovery
  • UERPC NOTICES
  • Annual Walk Celebrations
  • Meet the New 5-2-1-0 Communities!
  • SRTS Monthly Motivators
  • October 5-2-1-0 Feature

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Job Opening-Community Housing Coordinator

Posted: Mon, October 11, 2021

UPDATE:  This position has been filled.

Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority is hiring a Community Housing Coordinator. This position will work under the direction of the Housing Department Head and Community Housing team to facilitate administration of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Section 8 program under contract with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission and HUD Housing. This candidate should have good organizational and communication skills. The candidate must have strong attention to detail, ability to organize work, determine priorities and meet deadlines, manage, and work harmoniously with employees and interact with the general public in a tactful and courteous manner, good verbal and written communication skills and maintain a valid driver’s license. Upper Explorerland offers a full benefit package including health insurance, dental, vision, retirement, short term and long-term disability. 

A full job description and application may be found at www.uerpc.org.  Email a resume and three references to rhowe@uerpc.org   EEO/EEP employer.

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RPA-1 Policy Board to consider two TIP amendments at Oct. 20 meeting

Posted: Thu, September 30, 2021

For details on the propsed TIP amendments and information on how to submit comments, visit the following weblink.

http://www.uerpc.org/public-comment.html

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