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 June Newsletter

Posted: Mon, June 19, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Walk More Connect More
  • Employee Spotlight-Ashley Stanbrough
  • NAHRO Awards
  • 2018-2022 TIP draft is open for review
  • Bike Rodeo Event
  • Allamakee County Economic Development and Tourism and Upper Explorerland Join Forces
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UERPC May Newsletter

Posted: Mon, May 15, 2017

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Candidate Class Held
  • Board Spotlight-Janell Bradley
  • Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative
  • Thank you RSVP Program
  • Walk Northeast Iowa
  • Clayton County Conservation Board Seeks Feedback
  • NE Iowa Family STEM Festival
  • WCDI Biz Booster/Ag-Mini Grant
  • Save the Date-City Clerk Meeting
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Clayton County Conservation Board Community Park User Survey

Posted: Fri, May 12, 2017

Clayton County Conservation Board is seeking input from area residents regarding their use of park and trail facilities in Clayton County.  Please take a moment to complete the survey, which can be found at the following web link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017CCCBParkUserSurvey.  The feedback provided will be used to set goals for future park, trail and open space expansion, improvement and protection.   Thank you!

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2009 Chevy Impala For Sale

Posted: Wed, May 3, 2017

UERPC is seeking car bids for a 2009 Chevy Impala, LS 3.5L V6 package, 4-speed transmission, 122,000 highway miles, white exterior, four-door, cloth interior, air bags, cruise control, power doors and window locks, very clean. Minimum bid is $5,500.  Sealed bids due on May 19, 2017 at 12:00 (noon) to Rachelle Howe, UERPC, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA  52101.  Do not need to be present at opening.  Will let bidders know by May 26th.

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