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 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), golf courses, public driving range, excellent hunting and fishing areas. 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.

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 September Newsletter

Posted: Mon, September 18, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Governor visits Northeast Iowa Region
  • Employee Spotlight - Amanda Judd
  • Enjoy a Walk This Fall
  • Congratulations Calmar!
  • UERPC travels to St. Paul for the National Walking Summit
  • Register to Exhibit at a Northeast Iowa STEM Festival
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Community Transportation Needs Assessment

Posted: Mon, September 18, 2017

Please take a few moments to complete a community transportation needs survey.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JNHGG23.  The information collected through this survey will help our region’s Passenger Transportation Advisory Group understand your issues and needs, and work to address them through the region's Passenger Transportation Plan. The deadline to participate in this survey is Friday, Sept. 29th. 

Thank you!

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Agency Transportation Needs Assessment

Posted: Mon, September 18, 2017

If you are an agency, business or organization in Northeast Iowa that coordinates client transportation or has clients with transportation needs please take a moment to complete the 2017 Agency Transportation Needs Assessment.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JNJRTJV.  The information collected through this survey will help our region’s Passenger Transportation Advisory Group understand your issues and needs, and work to address them through the region's Passenger Transportation Plan. Your input will also allow for a more thorough knowledge of available resources in the area.

The deadline to participate in this survey is Friday, Sept. 29th.  Thank you!

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October 18th NE Iowa Transportation Summit: Living in the Middle of Everywhere

Posted: Mon, September 18, 2017

The regional Transportation Advisory Group has worked with EARL Public Transit and Upper Explorerland to plan a regional Transportation Summit on October 18th at NICC (Calmar).  NICC is a partner for the event and has provided the Wilder Business Center location, and funds were granted by ITC to assist with planning and implementation.  Two keynote speakers and 9 best practice speakers will shed light on transportation concerns and solutions for NE Iowa.  We invite regional stakeholders in economic development, transportation, workforce, tourism, education, non-profit/services, and recreation to attend the event to engage in a discussion of how transportation supports economic development and quality of life for area residents.  Visit the following websites to register and learn more:

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/163179337567902/?acontext=%7B%22source%22%3A5%2C%22page_id_source%22%3A175314592497275%2C%22action_history%22%3A%5b%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22main_list%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%22%7B%5C%22page_id%5C%22%3A175314592497275%2C%5C%22tour_id%5C%22%3Anull%7D%22%7D%5d%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAvtuJaSAC72ltMYebgAc8ihAD8h_m6VpFlYoNqQf0F3CQTw/viewform

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