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

UERPC November 2019 Newsletter

Posted: Mon, November 18, 2019

The UERPC 2019 November Newsletter is here!

Highlights include:

  • UERPC Attends Growing Sustainable Communities Conference
  • City of Oelwein Awarded CDBG Water/Sewer Grant
  • Update on Jes Wegner's "What Would You Do With $1,000?" Project
  • We Appreciate You SO Much, Walking and Biking School Bus Volunteers!
  • Employee Spotlight: Lee Balik
  • "Time is Money" Presentation at Upcoming City Clerk's Meeting
  • Another Successful Northeast Iowa STEM Festival
  • November 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Pick Healthy Sides for the Holidays
  • Reminder:  UERPC offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th for the Thanksgiving Holiday
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Give input for Iowa DOT Transit Plan

Posted: Tue, October 22, 2019

The Iowa Department of Transportation is seeking input for their public transit long-range plan. The survey and information about the plan can be found at https://iowadot.gov/iowainmotion/Modal-Plans/Public-Transit-Plan. Everyone is encouraged to take the survey. It will be open through November 1.

Please feel free to share with others in your community.

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UERPC October 2019 Newsletter

Posted: Mon, October 21, 2019

The UERPC 2019 October Newsletter is here!

Highlights include:

  • Oelwein Intermediary Relending Program Recently Established
  • Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival is October 24, 2019
  • Transportation Policy Board Adopts Revamped Transportation Plan for Region
  • Census 2020: What's at Stake
  • Free Collection of Local Pavement Data to Change from 2-year to 4-year Cycle
  • Employee Spotlight: Kim Vorwald
  • UERPC Presents on Safe Routes at Iowa Cancer Summit
  • UERPC Enjoys Staff Outing at Yellow River State Forest
  • UERPC Joins Thousands of Iowans for Healthiest State Walk
  • Walk to School Day Celebrated in Northeast Iowa
  • October 5-2-1-0 Feature: Healthiest State Month
  • Reminder:  UERPC offices will be closed on Monday, November 11th to honor Veteran's Day
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UERPC September 2019 Newsletter

Posted: Mon, September 16, 2019

The UERPC 2019 August Newsletter is here!

Highlights include:

  • City of Guttenberg and City of St. Olaf Awarded CDBG Water/Sewer Grant
  • Draft Long-Range Transportation Plan Available for Public Review
  • Future Ready Iowa Summit to be Held in Postville
  • Bike Safety Education for Youth
  • Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Applications 
  • Employee Spotlight:  Mary Fitch
  • Regional Business Input Sought
  • Walking and Biking School Buses Ramping Up
  • Annual Iowa Downtown Conference Held
  • September 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Get Ready for Walk to School Day!
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