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

RPA-1 draft Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP) for SFY 22 available for public review and comment

Posted: Fri, April 30, 2021

The Transportation Planning Work Program (TPWP) for Regional Planning Affiliation 1 (RPA-1) and the Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) Transportation Policy Board is now available for public review and comment. The document will be available for public review for a minimum of 15 days prior to adoption, and will be considered for adoption at the Board’s next meeting, May 19th, 2021 at 11:00.

For more information, please visit: http://www.uerpc.org/public-comment.html

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The UERPC April 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, April 19, 2021

The UERPC April 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/d1ae5949196d/uerpc-april-2021-newsletter-5517638 

Highlights include:

  • President Signs American Rescue Act
  • UERPC Assists Elma in Pursuing Childcare Funding for Elma Community Complex Project
  • Trail Safety Campaign Launches in Winneshiek County
  • NICC Virtual Training Opportunities
  • UERPC Financial Report- June 30, 2020
  • UERPC is Open
  • Intern Spotlight:  Mackenzie Miller
  • FOR SALE:  City of Oelwein's Homes for Iowa House Ready to Become Someone's New Home
  • Board Boot Camp for Clayton County Nonprofits
  • Trees Forever Offers Seedling Tree Grant Program
  • Bike/Walk to School Day is May 5th!
  • April SRTS Monthly Motivators:  Time to Dust Off Your Walking Shoes and Bikes!
  • April 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Plant a School Garden!

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March 24th Housing Summit Now Online!

Posted: Mon, March 29, 2021

The Northeast Iowa Housing Summit that was put on by UERPC and the Northeast Iowa Business Network, on Wednesday, March 24th, can now be viewed online! Please click the tab below to view an overview of the summit as well as get the recordings from both sessions. 

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The UERPC March 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, March 15, 2021

The UERPC March 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/b570526e6727/uerpc-march-2021-newsletter-3777890

Highlights include:

  • IEDA COVID-19 Business Impact Survey Closes March 17th
  • Northeast Iowa Housing Summit Taking Place on March 24th
  • ICOG Legislative Update- March 5, 2021
  • UERPC is Open
  • NOTICE:  UERPC offices will be closed on Friday, April 2nd for Good Friday
  • Employee Spotlight:  Nathan Thompson
  • NICC Virtual Training Opportunities
  • Bike/Walk to School Day Planning Webinar on March 17th
  • March SRTS Monthly Motivators:  Time to Start MARCHING!
  • March 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Take a Break from Screens and READ!

 

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