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.

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Job Opening- UERPC Assistant Finance Manager

Posted: Thu, July 23, 2020

The Assistant Finance Manager is involved in/responsible for a variety of day to day accounting and administrative duties as well as monthly, quarterly and fiscal year end closes. The ideal candidate will have experience in governmental accounting, payroll and tax reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, invoice and billing, budget review, journal entries, general ledger, account reconciliation, cost allocations, monthly closing, annual audits as well as administrative duties.  Qualifications:  Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, or an Associate's Degree in Accounting or an equivalent combination. The candidate must have strong attention to detail, ability to organize work, determine priorities and meet deadlines, work harmoniously with co-employees and interact with the general public in a tactful and courteous manner, good verbal and written communication skills, proficient in Microsoft office, (word, excel and outlook), a solid understanding of generally accepted accounting principles; knowledge of Uniform Grants Guidance and local government accounting a plus. Must be able to 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 application to kcooper@uerpc.org   EOE

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Job Opening- UERPC Housing Department Head

Posted: Thu, July 23, 2020

The Housing Department Head is responsible for the management and direction of all housing programs including apartment management, housing trust funds, federal home loan bank, HUD, Iowa Finance Authority and more. The candidate should have knowledge of state and/or federal housing programs, human resource management and great communication skills. Qualifications:  Bachelor's Association Degree or an Associate’s Degree in governmental administration, community planning, human resource management or public administration. The candidate must have strong attention to detail, ability to organize work, determine priorities and meet deadlines, manage and work harmoniously employees and interact with the general public in a tactful and courteous manner, good verbal and written communication skills, 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   EOE

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The UERPC July 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, July 20, 2020

The UERPC July 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/b08eb…/uerpc-july-2020-newsletter-3216754

Highlights include:
•Investment Award Secured for Region by UERPC
•State Extended Benefits
•Governor Issues Disaster Proclamation for Two Counties
•Now Accepting Applications: City of Oelwein Offers Residents New Home Rehabilitation Loan Fund
•Home Sweet Home to Two Families in Oelwein
•Praise Received from Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund Client
•We are Open!
•Warm Welcome to Baby Barness!
•Employee Spotlight: Rachelle Howe
•An Important Census Jobs Update- Deadline To Apply Now July 31
•COVID-19 Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program
•Filling the Gap with Summer Meals
•Keep Iowa Beautiful Requesting Social Media Submissions
•July 5-2-1-0 Feature: Get Outdoors and Play This Summer!

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City of Oelwein Offers Residents New Home Rehabilitation Loan Fund NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Posted: Wed, July 1, 2020

Beginning July 1st, 2020, the City of Oelwein will begin offering residents a new funding source to finance needed home repairs and improve residential neighborhoods and livability of single-family homes. The Home Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program provides low interest loans to residents meeting eligibility criteria.

The City recognizes the entire community benefits when everyone has stable, decent, and affordable housing. The intent of this program is to expand on existing efforts targeting low income households by offering the same opportunities to residents across a broader range of socio-economic statuses. Residents with up to 150% of the MHI for Fayette County are eligible to apply for assistance.

“Establishing a dedicated, self-funded program provides greater stability and flexibility to successfully grow a community and meet the housing needs of its current and future residents. This freedom will allow tailoring of the program to the exact needs of the City of Oelwein,” said Katie Nolte, Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) Housing Department Head.

The minimum loan amount is $1,000 and the maximum amount is $15,000. Interest rates range from one to four percent. Homeowners with household income greater than 100% of the Fayette County median income will be required to provide matching funds of 10-25% of total project costs. Both interest rate and match funds are determined by household size and income level.

UERPC will administer the program on behalf of the City. Applications will be accepted by UERPC on a continuous basis. Applications can be obtained at the Upper Explorerland Office at 134 West Greene Street, Postville, at City Hall, or by phone at 563-864-7551. You can also obtain an application online at www.uerpc.org or www.cityofoelwein.org.

Interested parties should contact Katie Nolte or Lee Balik at UERPC at 563-864-7551 or email knolte@uerpc.org with any questions or to be sent an application packet.

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