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 February 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, February 17, 2020

The UERPC February 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/30ad14319078/uerpc-february-2020-newsletter-3177769

Highlights include:

  • Construction is Complete!
  • Funds Available for First Time Homebuyers in Monona
  • West Union Receives 2020 Healthiest State Initiative Award
  • Does Your City Code Need Updating? We Can Help!
  • The Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival will take place on Thursday, April 23, 2020
  • National Safe Routes to School  Program Census Report
  • Employee Spotlight:  Lisa Curtin
  • Surprise Guest at UERPC Staff Super Bowl Party
  • Hard Copies of Long-Range, Multimodal Transportation Plan Available at Area Libraries
  • Regional Welding Academy Featured in Trade & Industry Magazine
  • Still Plenty of "Free Friday Morning Open Gym" Opportunities
  • Iowa SRTS Conference and Iowa Bike Summit
  • Census 101:  Why It Matters for Kids
  • February 5-2-1-0 Feature:  How To Keep Your Heart Healthy


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STBG & Iowa's TAP Transportation Grants - Apps due Feb. 28

Posted: Thu, January 23, 2020

Applications for Iowa’s Transportation Alternatives Program (Iowa’s TAP) and Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funds are now available for the UERPC region. These programs support diverse transportation projects within our region, from streets and bridges to sidewalks and transit. The current applicaiton cycle is for funding in federal fiscal year 2024.

Eligible applicants include all public agencies and local governments within the RPA-1 region that have jurisdiction over public rights-of-way for transportation (including walking and bicycling facilities); public transportation agencies; and agencies with transportation planning responsibilities. RPA-1 includes the Counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek and public agencies and local governments with jurisdictions therein. For more information, contact Aaron Detter at 563-382-6171, ext. 1203 or adetter@uerpc.org

Application are due February 28, 2020 and can be found on the UERPC website.

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The UERPC January 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Thurs, January 16, 2020

The UERPC January 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/e3fa154e87f2/uerpc-january-2020-newsletter-3133317

Highlights include:

  • UERPC Announces State Housing Trust Fund Award
  • Call for Applications - Multimodal Transportation Grants
  • Decorah Low Rent Housing Agency Merger with Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority
  • Getting Rural America Back on Its Feet
  • Did You Know? WIOA Title I On the Job Training
  • Census Workers Needed
  • Happy Retirement, Sue!
  • Warm Welcome to Baby Bril!
  • UERPC's Rachelle Howe Named ICOG Chair
  • "Free Friday Morning Open Gym" Scheduled for February and March in Decorah
  • REMINDER: Beat the Blues Winter "Marathon" Challenge Ends February 12th
  • Request for Exhibitors: Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival
  • Tiny Northeast Iowa Town Experiencing Baby Boom
  • January 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Drink More Water
  • Let's Make 2020 'The Year of Change'
  • PLEASE NOTE:  UERPC Offices (except IowaWORKS) will be closed on Monday, February 17th to honor President's Day

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NEIRHTF Announces State Housing Trust Fund Dollars

Posted: Wed, January 15, 2020

The Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) is excited to announce they were awarded State Housing Trust Fund dollars of $229,763.  State Housing Trust Fund dollars are partnered together with local match to assist limited income households in our five-county region of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek. 

Applications are available for first-time homebuyers, homeowners, landlord/for-profit organizations or non-profit organizations to promote and create affordable housing activities.  Funding availability can go up to $10,000 in the form of a grant or low-interest rate loan.  For an application or more information on the NEIRHTF program, please contact Sarah at 563-864-7551, ext. 1101.  Applications are also available in our housing section on our website, http://uerpc.org/housing-trust-fund.html.

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