Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) has played an important role in the quality of life of Northeast Iowa residents since 1972. UERPC specializes in areas of transportation, planning, energy, housing and economic and community development, just to name a few. In their pursuit for quality growth and prudent development, the communities and counties of Northeast Iowa are working with UERPC, a public organization with over 48 years of experience, on issues related to economic development, community planning, housing, workforce and transportation needs.
Fiscal Year 2020 has come to an end, but the challenges we faced continue. The pandemic, political division, the widening of economic inequality, infrastructure needs, and the need for a skilled workforce are all major issues. But some good things did come out of 2020:
- Improved internet and fiber – UERPC has seen this first hand with four (4) Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) awarded fiber projects;
- A change in work habits, while employees are learning to work from home, it could be a savings to families and businesses;
- Focusing on essential workers, Northeast Iowa Business Network (NIBN and UERPC) are hosting a variety of essential worker trainings along with 70 other business training offerings;
- A reduction in carbon emissions, decreasing by 8% in 2020; and
- A high support of community groups and family importance.
In FY 2019-2020, UERPC could not have predicted the pandemic or the aftermath of the economy. UERPC did bring in investments of over $7.1 million to the region for various projects that align with our mission. Due to many factors, but primarily the pandemic, revenues of the Commission’s governmental activities decreased 26.39% or approximately $834,000 from fiscal year 2019 to fiscal year 2020. UERPC program expenses were 23.89% or approximately $730,000 less in fiscal year 2020 than in fiscal year 2019. Grants/programs expenses decreased approximately $777,000. However, the Commission’s net position has not changed from June 30, 2019 to June 30, 2020.
UERPC continues to host two locations and 19 employees to serve our clients. These employees live, work and play within Northeast Iowa and have great pride in their work and where they reside. We encourage you to utilize our one-stop shop services to better assist your community or your county.