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.

For more information, click below.

News Headlines

UERPC January Newsletter

Posted: Mon, January 15, 2018

Some of the headlines you can read about this month include:

  • Discussing Legislative Priorities
  • Board Spotlight Amy Bouska
  • Winneshiek County Housing Study Completed
  • Winter Marathon
  • WSB Volunteer Recognizedf by West Union
  • Let's Get WISE on Workforce Recruitment
  • Iowa Trasportation Commission Approves Statewide Iowa's Transportation Alternatives Funding
  • Community Job Fair
  • NICC Small Business Development Center partners with WCDI to provide consulting services for businesses in NE Iowa
  • Green Iowa Americorps Home Assessment
  • EDA Notice of Investment Award
... [ Read More ]

Winter Marathon

Posted: Fri, January 5, 2018

Don’t forget to keep track of your outdoor activity time/miles now through March 3rd for your chance to win a fun raffle prize!

More Information at: https://walkneiowa.org/winter-marathon/

... [ Read More ]

UERPC December Newsletter

Posted: Thu, December 14, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month include:

  • Iowa Finance Authority Awards Funding to Housing Programs
  • Board Spotlight - Jon King
  • Beat the Blues Winter Marathon Starts January 7th
  • National Registered Apprenticeship Week
  • Luther senior Pulliam worked with displaced workers at IowaWORKS
  • Allamakee County Housing Survey
  • How do I prevent holiday stress?
  • Oh, The Weather Outside is... Delightful!
  • UERPC Holiday Hours
  • SAVE THE DATE: Discuss Legislative Priorities
... [ Read More ]

A Special UERPC Holiday Greeting

Posted: Mon, December 11, 2017

During this holiday season, we take time to reflect upon the good things we have, like our partnership with you!  Our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our success possible.  We appreciate working with you and hope that the holidays and the coming year will bring you happiness and success.  It is in this spirit that we say thank you and best wishes for the holidays and New Year.  Please take a few moments and enjoy our holiday word find below.

... [ Read More ]
[ View All News ]