Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is one of six regional planning commissions and councils to receive funds to update their comprehensive economic development strategies.

Of the $330,300 granted, the Upper Explorerland will receive $54,900 to serve Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties.

These funds were made through the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Economic Development Administration (EDA).

"Strong development strategies are imperative to the future of Iowa's economic development," said Senator Tom Harkin, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee that funds the DOC.

"Today's funding will provide resources and make crucial economic investments in regions across our state. I congratulate these communities on receiving these funds as Iowa continues to invest in sound, stable projects that develop new jobs and career opportunities across the state."

The EDA seeks to diversify and strengthen the regional economy by supporting the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy.

Other organizations receiving funding include: 
Area 15 Regional Planning Commission: $54,900 to serve Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren and Wapello counties; 
East Central Iowa Council of Governments: $55,800 to serve Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Washington counties; 
North Iowa Area Council of Governments: $54,900 to serve Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Kossuth, Mitchell, Winnebago, and Worth counties; 
Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council: $55,800 to serve Cherokee, Ida, Monona, Plymouth, and Woodbury counties; 
Southwest Iowa Planning Council: $54,000 to serve Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Montgomery, Page and Shelby counties.