Howard County

Howard County

Located along the Upper Iowa River in Northeast Iowa, less than an hour from the Mississippi River is Howard County. Visit the boyhood home and farm of Dr. Norman Borlaug and stop in at the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, not only to see the Fame, but the new 40 foot tall Mural!

Throughout the year visitors and residents alike are able to canoe the Upper Iowa River, explore Lake Hendricks in Riceville, Hayden Prairie, and the Nature Center at Vernon Springs; with miles of bike trails, some of the best snowmobiling and cross country ski trails in the state, bird-watching and hiking in the area. Visit the largest fitness center in the region (indoor pool, track and basketball court, hot tub, and weights), three stunning golf courses, public driving range, excellent hunting and fishing areas and a new trap shooting range. Every city has a festival and a Farmers Market. You are invited to help us celebrate Snowfest in January with over 200 miles of groomed trails (over 400 miles throughout the county) and visit the Howard County Memorial Park featuring the Freedom Rock.

Towns include Chester, Cresco (the county seat), Elma, Lime Springs, Protivin, and Riceville.

Howard County Business and Tourism

Here in Howard County, we understand that business and industry is the livelihood of any economy, which is why we make it easier for businesses to succeed. With lower business costs, construction ready sites, an expanding community with unquestionable growth potential, a skilled workforce, and industry initiatives designed to stimulate growth, innovation and profits, we are here to develop and grow new and existing businesses, promote community involvement, encourage business alliances, promote and increase tourism. And, as a Home Based Iowa community, Howard County connects people to jobs and offers a great quality of life.

Howard County Business & Tourism (HCBT) is an umbrella organization representing Howard County Economic Development, Cresco Area Chamber of Commerce, Howard County Tourism, and the Cresco Industrial Development Corporation. The offices of HCBT are housed within the Cresco Welcome Center and are also home to the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.

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News Headlines

Next public meeting for Lansing Black Hawk Bridge Sept. 27th and online

Posted: Wed, September 8, 2021

The Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation are holding a public information meeting to discuss the proposed replacement of the Iowa 9 / Wisconsin 82 (Black Hawk) bridge in Lansing over the Mississippi River, in Allamakee, IA and Crawford, WI Counties.

The Iowa DOT is providing two meeting formats for the public meeting: in person and an at your own pace virtual meeting.

IN-PERSON PUBLIC MEETING:

Date/Time:Sept. 27, 2021, between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Location: Kee High School, 569 Center St., Lansing, IA

AT YOUR OWN PACE:

Date/Time: Anytime between Sept. 27 – Oct. 11, 2021

For more information, including how to participate in the "at your own pace" online meeting, click here to visit Iowa DOT's public involvement site for the project.

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The UERPC August 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, August 16, 2021

The UERPC August 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/6c2ef7aa975a/uerpc-august-2021-newsletter-5630233  

 

Highlights include:

  • UERPC Resiliency Toolkit Released to Assist Business, Government and Development Organizations with Ongoing Viability
  • IDPH Announces Expansion of 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!•Lieutenant Governor Visits Oelwein
  • Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Funding Available for COVID-19 Recovery
  • UERPC Part of Planning Committee for Successful MEEC Conference
  • Board Member Spotlight: Pat Murray
  • Community Invited to Provide Input on Fayette County Housing Needs
  • Community Invited to Provide Input on Fayette County Housing Needs
  • Winneshiek County Trail Safety Campaign
  • August SRTS Monthly Motivators: Start a Walking School Bus!
  • August 5-2-1-0 Feature

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Public meeting to discuss Iowa Statewide Transportation Improvement Program to be held by conference call Aug. 17

Posted: Mon, August 9, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Aug. 6, 2021 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a meeting to accept public comments about the draft Iowa Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17. In order to maintain adequate social distancing, public participation in the meeting will be limited to conference call. A brief overview of the STIP and its development process will be provided beginning at 2 p.m. and will be followed by time for comments and questions on the STIP. Should discussion be ongoing at 2:30 p.m., additional time will be made available to accommodate all comments on the document.

Live audio will be made available via telephone. Dial 515-817-6093 and use conference ID 232 696 476# to join the public meeting.

The draft STIP identifies all projects proposed to be authorized for funding provided by the Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration during federal fiscal years 2022-2025. It includes projects for state, county, city, and federal transportation systems. Development of the STIP is required by federal law. The draft STIP can be viewed on the Iowa DOT's website at:
https://iowadot.gov/program_management/stip/2022-2025_STIPDraft.pdf

Comments on the draft STIP can be provided at the meeting or by contacting Matt Chambers at 515-239-1409 or Matthew.Chambers@iowadot.us. Comments on the draft STIP will be accepted through Sept. 7, 2021. You can also contact Chambers if you would like a printed copy of the draft STIP.

Contact: Matt Chambers at 515-239-1409 or Matthew.Chambers@iowadot.us

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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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