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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Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund Special Meeting Agenda

Posted: Fri, April 3, 2020

Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund

Special Meeting Agenda

Thursday, April 9, 2020 @ 10:00 a.m 

This will be a conference call meeting.  Please contact 605-475-4810 to join the meeting.  Participant access code is 625970*

Meeting is being conducted via conference call for health safety due to COVID-19

  1. Agenda Approval
  2. Approval of Minutes from February 20, 2020 regular meeting
  3. Discussion and Consider Approval of deferring loan payments temporarily due to COVID-19
  4. Floor Items
  5. Adjournment

Board meetings are accessible to all.  

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice

Posted: Thu, March 26, 2020

The following documents provide information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice.

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NOTICE: IowaWORKS Offices Limiting In-Person Services

Posted: Fri, March 20, 2020

IowaWORKS Centers are taking significant steps to follow the Iowa Department of Public Health's guidance for social distancing.

Effective immediately, IowaWORKS offices will only be open to customers with an appointment, or to accept identity verification from customers applying for benefits. Individuals are encouraged to call or email IowaWORKS to receive assistance:  uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov, or 866-239-0843.    

For more information and for updates, visit:  https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/updates-and-resources-about-covid-19

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UERPC Offices Closed to Public Until Further Notice

Posted: Tue, March 17, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 and public health concerns, both UERPC offices of 134 Greene Street, Postville and 325 Washington Street, Suite A, Decorah are closed to the public effective immediately and until further notice. Please know that we are still here to serve you. Feel free to contact us via email or phone at 563-864-7551.

**Special note regarding the Postville Office:  If you have mail to drop off, please use our exterior drop box. For updates, please check our website and follow us on Facebook.** 

**Special note on Rental Assistance: All April checks will go out as scheduled.**

Please call our office with questions or concerns at 563-864-7551. Thanks for your understanding.

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