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

Job Opening-Community Housing Associate

Posted: Fri, May 28, 2021
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission is looking for a Community Housing Associate. The Community Housing Associate is a full-time position that works under the general direction of the Housing Department Head. Responsibilities include providing community development administrative and technical assistance to UERPC and its individual member cities and counties. This positions works primarily with federally funded programs designed to assist low income homeowners and first-time homebuyers with housing rehabilitation projects within the five-county region served by Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC). The Community Housing Associate assists with all aspects of administering grant programs within the Housing Department, including, but not limited to, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Program, Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) and Federal Home Loan Bank.
 
For a full job description, go to www.uerpc.org/job-opportunities.
 
Upper Explorerland is an EEO/EEP employer. Please summit resume and cover letter to: Executive Director, Rachell Howe, at 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA 52101 or email to rhowe@uerpc.org.
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The UERPC May 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Fri, May 14, 2021

The UERPC May 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/6d89c0365ad0/uerpc-may-2021-newsletter-5525705 

Highlights include:

  • All-In Allamakee! County Adopts Comprehensive Plan Developed in Partnership with UERPC
  • CDBG Grant Provides Affordable Work Transportation to Employees of Upper Iowa Beef in Lime Springs
  • Regional Transportation Planning Update
  • Emergency Broadband Benefit Program- Helping Families Connect During the Pandemic
  • UERPC Participates in Pick-Up Iowa
  • UERPC Celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month
  • UERPC is Open
  • Notice:  UERPC offices will be closed on Monday, May 31st for Memorial Day
  • Board Member Spotlight:  Larry Schellhammer
  • Senator Grassley Visits Northeast Iowa
  • New Tax Credits Support On-the-Clock Vaccination
  • NICC Virtual Training Opportunities
  • Winneshiek County Trail Safety Campaign
  • May SRTS Monthly Motivators:  May is Bike Month and Bike to School Day!
  • May 5-2-1-0 Feature:  May is Mental Health Month


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Transportation Policy Board to meet May 19th

Posted: Wed, May 12, 2021

The next RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 19th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. The Enhancement and Technical Committees will meet beforehand at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively.

These meetings will take place via electronic means pursuant to the provisions of the Iowa Open Meetings Law, Section 21.8, Code of Iowa. For information on accessing the meeting, contact Aaron Detter at adetter@uerpc.org or (563) 419-6126.

AGENDA

1. Call to Order
2. Approval of the agenda
3. Approval of the March 17th, 2021 meeting minutes
4. Public Hearing: RPA-1 Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP)
5. Consideration and possible board action: Adoption of RPA-1 TPWP
6. RPA-1 Staff Updates
7. NEICAC/EARL Transit Updates
8. Iowa DOT Updates
9. Floor Items
10. Set next meeting date
11. Adjournment

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RPA-1 draft Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP) for SFY 22 available for public review and comment

Posted: Fri, April 30, 2021

The Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP) for Regional Planning Affiliation 1 (RPA-1) and the Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) Transportation Policy Board is now available for public review and comment. The document will be available for public review for a minimum of 15 days prior to adoption, and will be considered for adoption at the Board’s next meeting, May 19th, 2021 at 11:00.

For more information, please visit: http://www.uerpc.org/public-comment.html

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