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 November Newsletter

Posted: Wed, November 22, 2017

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

  • Living in the Middle of Everywhere - Trasportation Summit
  • Board Spotlight - Adam Weigand
  • Disability Awareness Month
  • Building a Healthy and Productive Workforce
  • Decorah Selected for 2018 Community Visioning Program
  • Iowa Cancer Plan
  • Governor Reynolds Announces Statewide Childhood Health Capaign
  • Walking Past Cancer
  • Building Remediation and Redevelopment
  • Preservation Iowa 2018 Most Endangered Properties
  • UERPC offices are closed both Nov. 23rd and 24th in observation of Thanksgiving

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UERPC October Newsletter

Posted: Mon, October 16, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • Board Spotlight Kristie Wiltgen
  • Winneshiek County Named Home Base Iowa Community
  • Progressive Walking Supper
  • UERPC Staff Host Training and Team Building Event
  • NEIA Transportation Summit
  • National Walking Summit
  • UERPC offices closed in observation of Veterans Day on November 10th.
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Transportation Summit

Posted: Thu, October 12, 2017

Just a reminder to register for the upcoming Transportation Summit on October 18th at NICC-Wilder Center.

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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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