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.
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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Increasing access to affordable, quality housing has long been a top priority for the City of Decorah and economic development officials. UERPC has resources that can help low- to moderate-income homeowners maintain their homes.
These two organizations are coming together to provide information about existing and potential future resources to address housing sustainability at a public open house for UERPC Housing resources.
EVENT DETAILS: Tuesday, February 23 5:30-6:30 pm
IN-PERSON: At the Decorah City Council Chambers
**Masks and social distancing are required**
Any member of the public is welcome to attend, though some funding sources may only be available to Decorah homeowners.
318 7th Street SW, Oelwein
Thurs, Feb. 25, 2021 4 PM – 6PM
Tour a home with the Homes for Iowa project. See how the homes are built. Explore how you could develop or own a Homes for Iowa home.
The open house will include tours of the home and conversations with Oelwein City Officials, UERPC representatives and Homes for Iowa board members. No RSVP is required.
The Homes for Iowa house made its way from Newton, IA up to Oelwein, IA in December 2020. The home traveled at 15 mph over the course of two days before arriving in town. Come take a peek at the finished product!
For more information regarding Homes for Iowa, contact UERPC's Rachelle Howe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UERPC and the Northeast Iowa Business Network are hosting the Northeast Iowa Housing Summit for economic development, construction, housing finance, real estate and local government professionals on Wednesday, March 24th. Two virtual sessions will be offered.
Participants can learn about programs and initiatives from Iowa Finance Authority Staff and the UERPC housing department. Special guest Rick Hunsaker from Region 12 Council of Governments will join the evening session to share how his organization has leveraged local resources and statewide programs to create affordable housing opportunities in rural west-central Iowa.
Topics covered will include:
The first session (10:00am-12:00pm) will have information for local government officials and area real estate finance professionals and will cover programs available in Northeast Iowa through UERPC.
The second session (5:00pm-6:00pm) will cover state programs that could benefit local communities.
Anyone working with the field of housing in Northeast Iowa is encouraged to attend one or both of the sessions. Both sessions will be held via Zoom. To RSVP for one or both of the Northeast Iowa Housing Summit sessions, email Katelyn Peterson at email@example.com.
UERPC is thrilled to assist Howard County and Upper Iowa Beef (UIB) with a Career Link Transportation Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in an amount of $109,200.
This program provides funding to support transportation for individuals to travel to job activities or job education opportunities. Funding is provided through local governments to non-profit transportation service providers for operational expenses (not for purchasing buses or other equipment).
This project will assist UIB, a beef processing plant within Lime Springs, IA, with transportation services. These services will assist low to moderate income persons in obtaining and securing quality employment while at the same time aiding UIB with retaining a high-quality workforce. These CDBG funds will provide the gap financing that is needed now to get this transportation service up and running for the low-income passengers that want to work but cannot afford a vehicle of their own or to travel long commutes in their personal vehicle.
Thanks goes out to the multiple entities that are invested in and fully support this program: Howard County Supervisors, Howard County Economic Development, Northeast Iowa Community Action and the City of Lime Springs.