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.
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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