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

The UERPC September 2020 Newsletter is here!

Posted: Mon, September 21, 2020

The UERPC September 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/c345401f2d53/uerpc-september-2020-newsletter-3294762 

Highlights include:

  • EDA Award Allows UERPC to Add New Monies to Current RLF
  • UERPC Receives Community Facilities TAT Grant
  • Limited In-person Services Now Offered by IowaWORKS
  • Dedicated Maynard Walking School Bus Volunteer Featured in Oelwein Daily Register
  • Employee Spotlight:  Karen Cooper
  • UERPC Announces New Housing Department Head
  • Lost Wage Assistance Now Available
  • Virtual Live Business Summit 2020:  Culture of Service, the Zappos Story
  • Walk to School Day is October 7th
  • Family Business Forum to Launch Breakfast Series
  • UERPC Featured as Iowa Safe Routes to School Guest Blogger
  • September 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Try Healty Back-to-school Snacks

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Updated Statewide Public Transit Long-range Plan Released

Posted: Mon, September 14, 2020

The Iowa Department of Transportation has recently released an update to the Iowa Public Transit Long-range Plan.

The Iowa Public Transit Long-range Plan update has been under development over the last 18 months, including researching the historical trends in demographics and passenger transportation usage, forecasting future projected needs within the public transit system, and devising strategies to address challenges.

Please visit https://iowadot.gov/iowainmotion/Modal-Iowa Public Transit Long Range Plan for more information.

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Job Opening- Community Housing Assistant

Posted: Mon, August 31, 2020

The Community Housing Assistant will represent our organization being the first line of contact with visitors. Responsible for providing community development, administrative, and technical assistance to Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) including answering incoming phone calls, assisting individuals with questions, maintaining a strong inventory of office supplies, and assisting housing staff with projects. Other duties include assisting in oversight of two low rent apartment complexes. The candidate should have a strong attention to detail, good communication skills and ability to multitask efficiently. Basic knowledge of computer skills including Microsoft Word, Publisher, and Excel are recommended. Qualifications: Associates Degree or an equivalent combination of training and experience in administrative or clerical.  Upper Explorerland offers a full benefit package including health insurance, dental, vision, retirement, short term, and long-term disability. A full job description and application may be found at www.uerpc.org.  Email a resume and three references to rhowe@uerpc.org   EOE

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2010 Dodge Caravan For Sale

Posted: Tue, August 25, 2020

UERPC is accepting bids for a used fleet vehicle:  2010 Dodge Caravan, 3.8 L engine, V6, Front wheel drive with current mileage of 145,750, color is gold.

Please submit a written bid to Rachelle Howe at rhowe@uerpc.org or by mail to 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA  52101 by Friday, September 4, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Bidders will be notified by Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Minimum bid required is $3,500. 

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