SEIRPC believes that the communities, which include cities, towns and counties of the four county Southeast Iowa Region, have many common problems and potentials which transcend their individual boundaries and jurisdicitons. We realize that our individual and common destinies rest with the interdependent actions of all the local communities which comprise our region.
Our goal is to encourage and strengthen local home rule while combining our total resources for regional challenges beyond our concept of cooperation among our local communiites is an effective means to secure this goal. We believe that cooperation must be fostered in two ways: by strengthing the abilities of local communities to meet their individual needs; and, by forming this Regional Planning Commission to meet the broader common needs of the Southeast Iowa Region.
Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission is a voluntary organization consisting of local governments (cities, counties and school districts) within the four-county southeast Iowa region. The Planning Commission was formed in 1973 under Chapter 473A of the Code of Iowa. The Planning Commission is also recognized as a 28H organization for the general purpose of promoting intergovernmental cooperation and strengthening local governmental units. Specifically, the Planning Commission has the power and duty to make comprehensive studies and plans for the development of the area it serves that will guide the unified development of the area and that will eliminate planning duplication and promote economy and efficiency in the coordinated development of the area and the general welfare, convenience, safety, and prosperity of its people. The Planning Commission facilitates regional development issues with planning, economic development, housing, and transportation.