Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission


325 Washington St, Decorah, IA 52101


Rachelle Howe, Executive Director






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Upper Explorerland has become recognized as an ideal vehicle for addressing issues that require a regional perspective, obtaining over $145 million in grant funds since its establishment in November, 1972. Centrally located in Decorah, the agency offers support to cities and counties by:

  • 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.

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