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

Job Opening- UERPC Assistant Finance Manager

Posted: Thu, July 23, 2020

The Assistant Finance Manager is involved in/responsible for a variety of day to day accounting and administrative duties as well as monthly, quarterly and fiscal year end closes. The ideal candidate will have experience in governmental accounting, payroll and tax reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, invoice and billing, budget review, journal entries, general ledger, account reconciliation, cost allocations, monthly closing, annual audits as well as administrative duties.  Qualifications:  Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, or an Associate's Degree in Accounting or an equivalent combination. The candidate must have strong attention to detail, ability to organize work, determine priorities and meet deadlines, work harmoniously with co-employees and interact with the general public in a tactful and courteous manner, good verbal and written communication skills, proficient in Microsoft office, (word, excel and outlook), a solid understanding of generally accepted accounting principles; knowledge of Uniform Grants Guidance and local government accounting a plus. Must be able to maintain a valid driver’s license. Upper Explorerland offers a full benefit package including health insurance, dental, vision, retirement, short term and long term disability. A full job description and application may be found at www.uerpc.org. Email a resume and application to kcooper@uerpc.org   EOE

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Job Opening- UERPC Housing Department Head

Posted: Thu, July 23, 2020

The Housing Department Head is responsible for the management and direction of all housing programs including apartment management, housing trust funds, federal home loan bank, HUD, Iowa Finance Authority and more. The candidate should have knowledge of state and/or federal housing programs, human resource management and great communication skills. Qualifications:  Bachelor's Association Degree or an Associate’s Degree in governmental administration, community planning, human resource management or public administration. The candidate must have strong attention to detail, ability to organize work, determine priorities and meet deadlines, manage and work harmoniously employees and interact with the general public in a tactful and courteous manner, good verbal and written communication skills, maintain a valid driver’s license. Upper Explorerland offers a full benefit package including health insurance, dental, vision, retirement, short term and long term disability. A full job description and application may be found at www.uerpc.org. Email a resume and three references to rhowe@uerpc.org   EOE

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The UERPC July 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, July 20, 2020

The UERPC July 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/b08eb…/uerpc-july-2020-newsletter-3216754

Highlights include:
•Investment Award Secured for Region by UERPC
•State Extended Benefits
•Governor Issues Disaster Proclamation for Two Counties
•Now Accepting Applications: City of Oelwein Offers Residents New Home Rehabilitation Loan Fund
•Home Sweet Home to Two Families in Oelwein
•Praise Received from Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund Client
•We are Open!
•Warm Welcome to Baby Barness!
•Employee Spotlight: Rachelle Howe
•An Important Census Jobs Update- Deadline To Apply Now July 31
•COVID-19 Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program
•Filling the Gap with Summer Meals
•Keep Iowa Beautiful Requesting Social Media Submissions
•July 5-2-1-0 Feature: Get Outdoors and Play This Summer!

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City of Oelwein Offers Residents New Home Rehabilitation Loan Fund NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Posted: Wed, July 1, 2020

Beginning July 1st, 2020, the City of Oelwein will begin offering residents a new funding source to finance needed home repairs and improve residential neighborhoods and livability of single-family homes. The Home Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program provides low interest loans to residents meeting eligibility criteria.

The City recognizes the entire community benefits when everyone has stable, decent, and affordable housing. The intent of this program is to expand on existing efforts targeting low income households by offering the same opportunities to residents across a broader range of socio-economic statuses. Residents with up to 150% of the MHI for Fayette County are eligible to apply for assistance.

“Establishing a dedicated, self-funded program provides greater stability and flexibility to successfully grow a community and meet the housing needs of its current and future residents. This freedom will allow tailoring of the program to the exact needs of the City of Oelwein,” said Katie Nolte, Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) Housing Department Head.

The minimum loan amount is $1,000 and the maximum amount is $15,000. Interest rates range from one to four percent. Homeowners with household income greater than 100% of the Fayette County median income will be required to provide matching funds of 10-25% of total project costs. Both interest rate and match funds are determined by household size and income level.

UERPC will administer the program on behalf of the City. Applications will be accepted by UERPC on a continuous basis. Applications can be obtained at the Upper Explorerland Office at 134 West Greene Street, Postville, at City Hall, or by phone at 563-864-7551. You can also obtain an application online at www.uerpc.org or www.cityofoelwein.org.

Interested parties should contact Katie Nolte or Lee Balik at UERPC at 563-864-7551 or email knolte@uerpc.org with any questions or to be sent an application packet.

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