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

Draft Allamakee Comp Plan Available for Public Review and Comment

Posted: Wed, November 25, 2020

The draft 2020 Allamakee County comprehensive plan, All in Allamakee, is now available for public review and comment. To view the draft document in PDF form, and for instructions on submitting comments, please click on the following link.

http://www.uerpc.org/public-comment.html

Comments may be submitted through the comment form on that page or directly to the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors.

The Allamakee County Supervisors will hear public comments and consider adoption of the plan at upcoming meetings on Monday, November 30th and Monday, December 7th. Meetings start at 9:30 a.m and can be attended in-person or virtually. For contact information and information on upcoming Board of Supervisor meetings, please visit https://www.allamakee.us/supervisors.

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The UERPC November 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, November 16, 2020

The UERPC November 2020 Newsletter is here! https://uerpc.org/newsletters.html 

Highlights include:

  • Northeast Iowa Collaboration Recognized Nationally for Environmental Education
  • NICC Virtual Training Opportunities
  • Meet the Iowa Safe Routes Partnership Team!
  • UERPC is Open
  • NOTICE:  UERPC offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Employee Spotlight:  Michelle Barness
  • UERPC Hosting Virtual Legislative Event on December 10th
  • IEDA Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program Virtual Application Workshop
  • Iowa Workforce Development Information
  • November 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Serve Screen-free Connections During This Holiday Season

 

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The UERPC October 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, October 19, 2020

The UERPC October 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/f96982376c0a/uerpc-august-2020-newsletter-3317734

Highlights include:

  • Happy "Walk"tober from UERPC!
  • Iowa Workforce Development Information
  • Food Hub Helps Farmers, Pantry Clients During Market Closure
  • REMINDER:  UERPC is Open
  • NOTICE:  UERPC offices will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day
  • Employee Spotlight:  Valerie Reinke
  • Make Your Voice Heard--Vote!
  • Safe at Work Information and Business Helpline
  • October 5-2-1-0 Feature:  It's Healthiest State Month!

 

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The UERPC September 2020 Newsletter is here!

Posted: Mon, September 21, 2020

The UERPC September 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/c345401f2d53/uerpc-september-2020-newsletter-3294762 

Highlights include:

  • EDA Award Allows UERPC to Add New Monies to Current RLF
  • UERPC Receives Community Facilities TAT Grant
  • Limited In-person Services Now Offered by IowaWORKS
  • Dedicated Maynard Walking School Bus Volunteer Featured in Oelwein Daily Register
  • Employee Spotlight:  Karen Cooper
  • UERPC Announces New Housing Department Head
  • Lost Wage Assistance Now Available
  • Virtual Live Business Summit 2020:  Culture of Service, the Zappos Story
  • Walk to School Day is October 7th
  • Family Business Forum to Launch Breakfast Series
  • UERPC Featured as Iowa Safe Routes to School Guest Blogger
  • September 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Try Healty Back-to-school Snacks

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