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

Public Comments Sought on State Public Transportation Plan

Posted: Tue, May 19, 2020

The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) is nearing completion of Iowa's long-range public transportation plan. The plan is available for review by the public and Iowa DOT will accept feedback on the plan until July 1.

After the public comment period, public feedback will be considered and incorporated into the plan. The plan will then be presented to the Iowa Transportation Commission for final approval and publication.

For more information on the plan and how you can submit comments, click here.

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The UERPC May 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Tue, May 19, 2020

The UERPC May 2020 Newsletter is here!  http://uerpc.org/newsletters.html

Highlights include:

  • REMINDER:  UERPC Offices Remain Closed to the Public
  • Input from Business, Attraction and Organization Leaders Needed by May 22nd
  • COVID-19 Info for Business Leaders
  • COVID-19 Updates from Iowa Workforce Development
  • Iowa DOT State Recreation Trails Program Accepting Applications Through July 1st
  • Praise Received from Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund Client
  • REMINDER:  UERPC Offices will be closed on Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day
  • Employee Spotlight:  Sarah Snitker
  • NEICAC Offering Free Home Deliveries
  • Census Workers Still Needed Across the State
  • UERPC Receives $5,000 from Bank of the West for Affordable Housing 
  • Looking to Make an Impact? Iowa Needs You. 
  • COVID-19 Volunteer Needs
  • "UP" with Iowa
  • May 5-2-1-0 Feature:  May is Bike Month!

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The UERPC April 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, April 20, 2020

The UERPC April 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/5e31fb34476b/uerpc-april-2020-newsletter-3195449

Highlights include:

  • See Inspiring Acts? Share With #IowansUnite
  • Changes to Iowa Workforce Development Services
  • Helpline Providing Guidance For ALL Businesses Applying for Funding Assistance During the COVID-19 Emergency
  • City of Fort Atkinson Awarded CDBG Water/Sewer Award
  • UERPC Accepting Applications for Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Programs
  • UERPC Region Visits Homes for Iowa Project
  • Employee Spotlight:  Karine Schager
  • CDBG Housing Fund Application Period Now Open
  • CANCELLED:  Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival in Decorah
  • REMINDER:  Don't Forget to Fill Out Your Census! 
  • Census Workers Still Needed Across The State
  • Thank You To Out-Going UERPC Board Members
  • UERPC Staff Outing at Waukon Wellness Center
  • April 5-2-1-0 Feature:  How To Practice Healthy Habits At Home
  • REMINDER:  UERPC Offices Remain Closed to the Public

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Section 8 COVID19 Memo 3.25.20- Tenants and Landlords

Posted: Wed, March 25, 2020

MEMO

Date:             March 23rd, 2020

To:                Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Participants & Landlords

From:          Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority (UERHA) Management

Subject:      COVID-19 Operations & Services

 

EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25TH, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please be advised, effective Wednesday, March 25th until further notice, Upper Explorerland Regional Housing Authority will be implementing the following measures to project our staff, tenants, and stakeholders:

  • Recertification deadlines will be extended as need demands
  • Closure of Section 8 office to the public with staff working remotely
  • Suspension of in person inspections  (self-certification inspections will be implemented)
  • Suspension of terminations 
  • Suspension of voucher issuance for current and new clients
  • Suspension of moves and portability
  • Landlord payments will continue to be processed
    however delays may be experienced

Our staff will continue to serve clients both remotely and in office as required to complete essential functions.  We ask that all communication be done through phone, email, fax and/or the dropbox located outside our office 134 West Greene Street, Postville, Iowa 52612.  Voicemails will be checked several times per day and your call will be returned within 24 hours. The best way to contact staff during this time is via email.  Please see attached document for additional information.

Capacity will be limited during this time; we ask for your patience
during this rapidly changing situation. 

These are challenging times, but we are here for you. We echo our governor’s guidance and strongly urge you to follow public health directives stay home if ill or experiences symptoms.  We will continue to keep you updated on UERHA services during this unprecedented public health crisis.  Further changes will be posted on our website at http://uerpc.org/regional-housing-authority.html

  

Staff Contacts:

Staff can be contacted via email at the following:

You may also leave a voicemail at (563) 864-7551.  Voicemails will be returned within 24 hours of your call. 

Submission of Information:

Tenants and landlords may submit documents to Upper Explorerland through the following means:

  • Email (see above)
  • Postal Mail-134 West Greene Street, Postville, IA 52162
  • Drop-box located outside our offices at the address above
  • Fax-(563) 864-7535

Reporting Income Changes

To report a change in income the change must be anticipated to last longer than 30 days.  Income changes should be reported within 14 days of the change occurrence. Changes in assistance as a result of an income change will take effect in the month following the report.  Due to a the COVID-19 pandemic we will be allowing tenants to self-certify income changes with follow up verification.  Please contact your caseworker to obtain a income change request form.

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