Howard County

Howard County

Located along the Upper Iowa River in Northeast Iowa, less than an hour from the Mississippi River is Howard County, Iowa. Visit the boyhood home and farm of Dr. Norman Borlaug and stop in at the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.

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; miles of bike trails, some of the best snowmobiling and cross country ski trails in the state, off-road trails and hiking in the area.  Visit the largest fitness center in the region (indoor pool, track and basketball court, hot tub, weights), dirt track racing, golf courses, excellent hunting and fishing areas. Every city has a summer festival, a Farmers Market and we all celebrate Snowfest in January.

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.  

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

Make Plans to Attend the NE Iowa Family STEM Festival

Posted: Wed, April 8, 2015

Families throughout Northeast Iowa are invited to attend the Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival on Thursday, April 30, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Northeast Iowa Community College Wilder Business Center, 1625 Highway 150 South, Calmar, Iowa. The festival is free and open to the public.

Over 30 activities and organizations will be at this hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) festival created especially for 3rd-8th grade students and their families. Attendees can view the night sky from a star lab, fly a flight simulator, conduct amazing science experiments, and much more!

The goals of this festival are to increase students’ interests in STEM and to promote awareness and understanding of the importance of STEM-related educational and career opportunities.

The Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival is a community-wide partnership led by Northeast Iowa Region Governor’s STEM Advisory Council at University of Northern Iowa, Northeast Iowa Business Network (in part, by the Iowa Economic Development Authority), Northeast Iowa Community College, Keystone AEA, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, IowaWorks, and Upper Exploreland Regional Planning Commission.

The Northeast STEM Region, managed by Jeff Beneke, is one of six Iowa STEM Regions guided by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and dedicated to building a strong STEM education foundation for all Iowans. For more information about this STEM Region or the Iowa STEM Network, contact Jeff Beneke at 319-273-7397 or go to http://www.neiowastem.com.

For more information, watch this youtube video by clicking here.

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UERPC March Newsletter

Posted: Mon, March 16, 2015

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Northeast Iowa Stem Festival
  • Employee Spotlight-Cassie Martin
  • UERPC Partners with WCDI
  • IowaWorks Did You Know
  • Spring Walking School Bus
  • Great Give Day
  • Main Street Iowa
  • Upcoming Events
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UERPC February Newsletter

Posted: Wed, February 18, 2015

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • UERPC to Host City Finance 101
  • Board Member Spotlight-Kay Vorwald
  • City of Lansing Selected for Energy Retrofit Pilot Program
  • Upcoming City Clerk's Meeting
  • Iowa Cancer Consortium recognizes UERPC's cancer fighting efforts
  • UERPC Awarded Grant to Support Safe Routes to School efforts in Howard County
  • Solar Powering Your Community
  • Revolving Loan Fund Training
  • Audit
  • Healthiest State Initiative
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UERPC January Newsletter

Posted: Thu, January 22, 2015

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Iowa Finance Authority Awards money for Local Housing Trust Funds
  • Board Member Spotlight-Roger Arthur
  • UERPC Hosts Annual Legislative Event
  • Tell us About your Community's Walking Conditions
  • Iowa Transportation Commission Approves SRTS
  • IowaWorks Did you Know
  • Audit Complete
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