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 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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RPA-1 regional transportation plan available for public review

Posted: Tue, September 3, 2019

The draft long-range, multimodal transportation plan for RPA-1, Safe Mobility for Everyone, is available for public review on UERPC's website. The RPA-1 Policy Board will hold a public hearing and consider adoption of the plan at its upcoming meeting on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at UERPC's offices in Postville, located at 134 West Greene Street.

Comments may be submitted via the comment form on the webpage linked above. Written or verbal comments may also be submitted to Aaron Detter, UERPC, 325 Washington Street, Suite A, Decorah, IA 52101, by email at adetter@uerpc.org, or by phone at 563-382-6171. Comments must be received before September 19, 2019.

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UERPC August 2019 Newsletter

Posted: Thu, August 15, 2019

The UERPC 2019 August Newsletter is here!

Highlights include:

  • 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! Campaign Expands
  • Request for Exhibitors at STEM Festival in Elkader
  • Upcoming Calmar Business Workforce Alliance
  • Get Registered for the 2019 Healthiest State Walk
  • Employee Spotlight:  Mariana Vega
  • It’s Walking and Biking School Bus Time
  • Allamakee County Promotional Video Released
  • August 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Tips to Build a Healthy Lunch
  • Reminder:  UERPC offices will be closed on Monday, September 2nd

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Job Opening- Community Housing Associate

Posted: Tue, July 30, 2019

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission has a job opening for a full-time Community Housing Associate. The Community Housing Associate will work under the general direction of the Housing Department Head and will be responsible for providing community development administrative and technical assistance to Upper Explorerland and its individual member cities and counties. This position works primary with federally funded programs designed to assist low income homeowners and first-time home buyers with housing rehabilitation projects within the five-county region served by Upper Explorerland. The Community Housing Associate assists with all aspects of administering grant programs within the Housing Department, including, but not limited to, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Program, Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) and Federal Home Loan Bank.

Please submit resume and references to: Katie Nolte, Housing Department Head, 134 W. Greene St., Postville, IA 52162 or email to knolte@uerpc.org. Upper Explorerland is an EEO/EEP employer. 

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