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

Fayette County residents and visitors invited to take housing survey

Posted: Wed, July 28, 2021

Fayette County Economic Development and Tourism (FCEDT) has partnered with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) to conduct a housing assessment to better understand the current status of housing in our area. The goal of this effort is to identify gaps and anticipate future housing needs in order to assist local stakeholders in finding solutions to current and future housing challenges.

All Fayette County residents, as well as those who work in Fayette County or frequently visit, are invited to take an online housing survey. The survey does not collect any personally identifiable information, and all responses will remain anonymous. The information gathered will assist UERPC, FCEDT, and other community stakeholders in understanding Fayette County’s housing needs.

The survey is available at the following web address: surveymonkey.com/r/FC-Housing

Readers are encouraged to share the survey link with any and all people who live in, work in, or frequently visit Fayette County. The more people that complete the survey, the stronger the assessment will be.

Questions may be directed to Aaron Detter at adetter@uerpc.org or 563-419-6126; or to Mallory Hanson at director@visitfayettecountyiowa.com or563-265-5248.

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The UERPC July 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Tue, July 20, 2021

The UERPC July 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/e370e8434bb3/uerpc-july-2021-newsletter-5590693

Highlights include:

  • American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA): Local Government Funding
  • Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Funding Available for COVID-19 Recovery
  • Yes, infrastructure investments create jobs--but the type of infrastructure matters
  • "Field Trips on Foot" Summer Partnership
  • Board Member Spotlight:  Sue Updegraff
  • Rural Innovation Grant Awarded for Elma Community Complex Project
  • Edgewood Lands Wellmark Large MATCH Grant for Viking Loop Trail
  • Winneshiek County Trail Safety Campaign
  • SRTS Monthly Motivators:  July
  • July 5-2-1-0 Feature

 

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Transportation Policy Board to meet July 21st

Posted: Wed, July 14, 2021

The next RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 21st, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., at UERPC’s office in Postville, 134 West Greene Street. The Enhancement and Technical Committees will meet beforehand at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively.

AGENDA:

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of the agenda
  3. Approval of the May 19th, 2021 meeting minutes
  4. Public Hearing: RPA-1 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
  5. Consideration and possible board action: Adoption of RPA-1 TIP
  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 Improvement Program (TIP) for FFY 22-25 available for public review and comment

Posted: Thu, July 1, 2021

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) 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, Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

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

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