Local

Howard County Businesses

Howard County is home to many innovative and unique businesses like Featherlite, Inc. Visitor can enjoy the largest flower and produce market in the region (Cedar Valley), Amish and Mennonite greenhouses and shops, the first county-wide Farmers Market in the state of Iowa.

Dad giving a thumbs up to the camera with son on his shoulders

Tourism

Experience Howard County

History buffs can visit the boyhood home and farm of Dr. Norman Borlaug, learn why we are so proud of Ellen Church, and stop in at the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy canoeing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, hiking, off-road trails, and miles of bike trails. Take some time to explore Lake Hendricks in Riceville and the Nature Center at Vernon Springs.We have dirt track racing, three golf courses, and excellent hunting & fishing opportunities.

Enjoy a run or walk on one of our many bike trails. Work-out along the trail with by using our strategically placed outdoor equipment along the Prairie Springs Recreation Trail. This scenic experience adds a challenge to all fitness levels.
Don’t miss a stop at the largest fitness center in the region featuring an indoor pool, hot tub, track, basketball court, weights, and virtual golf.

Gather with us at one (or all) of our city summer festivals or experience an Iowa winter trip to celebrate Snowfest in January.

Residents

Chamber & Courthouse

The Cresco Chamber of Commerce is a community within itself. It brings its members together to not only benefit the community but also to benefit each other. Through various events, you will meet, network, and connect with a wide array of influential professionals.
The Howard County Courthouse in Cresco, Iowa, United States was built in 1880. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981 as a part of the County Courthouses in Iowa Thematic Resource. The courthouse is the third building the county has used for court functions and county administration.

Stay Informed

News & Events

Wage Surveys

 May 24, 2022

Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund

 May 23, 2022