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

Make Plans to Attend the NE Iowa Family STEM Festival

Posted: Wed, April 8, 2015

Families throughout Northeast Iowa are invited to attend the Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival on Thursday, April 30, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Northeast Iowa Community College Wilder Business Center, 1625 Highway 150 South, Calmar, Iowa. The festival is free and open to the public.

Over 30 activities and organizations will be at this hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) festival created especially for 3rd-8th grade students and their families. Attendees can view the night sky from a star lab, fly a flight simulator, conduct amazing science experiments, and much more!

The goals of this festival are to increase students’ interests in STEM and to promote awareness and understanding of the importance of STEM-related educational and career opportunities.

The Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival is a community-wide partnership led by Northeast Iowa Region Governor’s STEM Advisory Council at University of Northern Iowa, Northeast Iowa Business Network (in part, by the Iowa Economic Development Authority), Northeast Iowa Community College, Keystone AEA, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, IowaWorks, and Upper Exploreland Regional Planning Commission.

The Northeast STEM Region, managed by Jeff Beneke, is one of six Iowa STEM Regions guided by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and dedicated to building a strong STEM education foundation for all Iowans. For more information about this STEM Region or the Iowa STEM Network, contact Jeff Beneke at 319-273-7397 or go to http://www.neiowastem.com.

For more information, watch this youtube video by clicking here.

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UERPC March Newsletter

Posted: Mon, March 16, 2015

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Northeast Iowa Stem Festival
  • Employee Spotlight-Cassie Martin
  • UERPC Partners with WCDI
  • IowaWorks Did You Know
  • Spring Walking School Bus
  • Great Give Day
  • Main Street Iowa
  • Upcoming Events
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UERPC February Newsletter

Posted: Wed, February 18, 2015

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • UERPC to Host City Finance 101
  • Board Member Spotlight-Kay Vorwald
  • City of Lansing Selected for Energy Retrofit Pilot Program
  • Upcoming City Clerk's Meeting
  • Iowa Cancer Consortium recognizes UERPC's cancer fighting efforts
  • UERPC Awarded Grant to Support Safe Routes to School efforts in Howard County
  • Solar Powering Your Community
  • Revolving Loan Fund Training
  • Audit
  • Healthiest State Initiative
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UERPC January Newsletter

Posted: Thu, January 22, 2015

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Iowa Finance Authority Awards money for Local Housing Trust Funds
  • Board Member Spotlight-Roger Arthur
  • UERPC Hosts Annual Legislative Event
  • Tell us About your Community's Walking Conditions
  • Iowa Transportation Commission Approves SRTS
  • IowaWorks Did you Know
  • Audit Complete
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