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 February 2017 Newsletter

Posted: Fri, February 17, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Legislative Breakfast
  • Board Spotlight - Megan Kohr
  • ICOG Launches New Logo
  • 2017 NE Iowa Family STEM Festival
  • Community Walks
  • WSB Takes Hollywood by Storm
  • Iowa Walking College
  • ITC Midwest partners with NIBN
  • Iowa's New Way To Connect for Shared Rides
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UERPC January 2017 Newsletter

Posted: Wed, January 18, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • UERPC Legislative Event
  • Board Spotlight-Jill Halverson
  • Construction Simulator Open House
  • Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program
  • UERPC Board Changes
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UERPC December Newsletter

Posted: Mon, December 19, 2016

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Wellmark Foundation Awarding Grants
  • Employee Spotlight-Karen Cooper
  • Beat the Blues Winter Marathon Challenge
  • Oelwein Housing Study Completed
  • Inspired Magazine article
  • Clayton County Housing Study Wrapping Up
  • State Housing Trust Fund Grants to Spur Affordable Housing
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UERPC November Newsletter

Posted: Mon, November 21, 2016

Some of the headlines you can read about:

  • Housing Summit Held in Calmar
  • Board Member Spotlight-Randee Koenig
  • Winter Travel Information
  • Community Glow Walk
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