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

The UERPC November 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, November 15, 2021

The UERPC November 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/4d511e689d04/uerpc-november-2021-newsletter-5685517

Highlights include:

  • Changes on the Horizon for UERPC
  • Northeast Iowa's multi-use trails are becoming a "backbone" of the region's economy; UERPC's analysis puts dollar sign on their impact
  • Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Funding Available for COVID-19 Recovery
  • UERPC Notices
  • UERPC 2021 Legislative Event Scheduled for December 3rd
  • UERPC Announces Resilience Toolkit for Small Businesses
  • Keep Iowa Beautiful Photography Contest Happening Now
  • November SRTS Monthly Motivators- Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day
  • November 5-2-1-0 Feature

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The UERPC October 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Tue, October 19, 2021
The UERPC October 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/4d62d26a7095/uerpc-october-2021-newsletter-5669009 
 
Highlights include:
  • Upper Explorerland and Winneshiek Energy District Lead Regional Electric Vehicle Collaborative
  • City of New Albin Awarded CDBG Water/Sewer Grant
  • Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Funding Available for COVID-19 Recovery
  • UERPC NOTICES
  • Annual Walk Celebrations
  • Meet the New 5-2-1-0 Communities!
  • SRTS Monthly Motivators
  • October 5-2-1-0 Feature

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Job Opening-Community Housing Coordinator

Posted: Mon, October 11, 2021

UPDATE:  This position has been filled.

Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority is hiring a Community Housing Coordinator. This position will work under the direction of the Housing Department Head and Community Housing team to facilitate administration of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Section 8 program under contract with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission and HUD Housing. This candidate should have good organizational and communication skills. The candidate must have strong attention to detail, ability to organize work, determine priorities and meet deadlines, manage, and work harmoniously with employees and interact with the general public in a tactful and courteous manner, good verbal and written communication skills and maintain a valid driver’s license. Upper Explorerland offers a full benefit package including health insurance, dental, vision, retirement, short term and long-term disability. 

A full job description and application may be found at www.uerpc.org.  Email a resume and three references to rhowe@uerpc.org   EEO/EEP employer.

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RPA-1 Policy Board to consider two TIP amendments at Oct. 20 meeting

Posted: Thu, September 30, 2021

For details on the propsed TIP amendments and information on how to submit comments, visit the following weblink.

http://www.uerpc.org/public-comment.html

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