Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) administers the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties.  The agency provides employment and training opportunities for low-income individuals and other special groups.  WIA offers assistance through classroom, pre-employment and on-the-job-training.  The programs offer financial incentives to businesses who participate in on-the-job training.


  • Provides career information and placement assistance to adults and low-income youth.
  • Provides training and support assistance to low income adults and dislocated workers who have lost their jobs due to layoffs or plant closings and are unlikely to return to that business or occupation.
  • Provides a variety of services including career exploration, basic skills development, job seeking skills, occupational training and support assistance to low-income youth.  Within WIA, there are three programs: Adult, Dislocated Worker and the Youth program.                                     

Region 1 Employment and Training maintains seven offices throughout the area:

132 West Greene Street, PO Box 219
Postville, IA  52162-0219
Phone:  563-387-7493     Toll Free:  866-520-8986
FAX:  563-387-0905

312 Winnebago Street
Decorah, IA  52101
Phone:  563-382-0457, ext. 412 or 563-387-7493     Toll Free:  866-520-8986
FAX:  563-387-0905

110 Allamakee Street (located in Allamakee County Courthouse)
Waukon, IA  52172
By appointment only 563-387-7493

RAMS Center
Hwy 150 South, 1400 Technology Drive
Oelwein, IA  50662

(WIA on Wednesday by appointment only)
For appointment you may call: 563-387-7492

205 E. 2nd Street
Cresco, IA  52136
Phone:  563-387-7492

600 Gunder Road
Elkader, IA  52043
By appointment only: 563-387-7493

New Hampton

24 North Chestnut Avenue
New Hampton, IA  50659
Phone:  563-387-7492
FAX:  641-394-6909

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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