Howard County Business and Tourism
Howard County is located in northeast Iowa.
- Cresco (county seat)
- Lime Springs
Jason Passmore joined CEDA in 2010 working with Howard County Business & Tourism as its Executive Director. Prior to joining CEDA, Jason managed economic development organizations, community development offices and worked in the fields of project management & engineering, association management and city administration & zoning. Jason brings a vast array of knowledge within the economic development field in working with State and Federal agencies, City and County government and various regional partnerships. Jason’s expertise serve Howard County Business & Tourism well as the organization collaborates and unites together the county-wide Economic Development Commission, the Cresco Area Chamber of Commerce, the Cresco Industrial Development Commission and the County Tourism department.
Jason is originally from the Madison, WI area and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa.
Spiff Slifka joined CEDA in 2010 working with Howard County Business & Tourism as the Development Coordinator and Howard County Tourism Director. Before joining CEDA, Spiff worked with Howard County Economic Development starting in 2008. Prior to her work in economic development, Spiff was a manager and marketing specialist in the retail sector. Spiff has worked on many economic development projects such as Enterprise Zone, the Job and Mobility Institute (a national organization) as well as with new and existing businesses. Along with economic development, Spiff is an ardent proponent of tourism on a local and regional level through her affiliation with the Northeast Iowa Tourism Association and the Eastern Iowa Tourism Association.
Spiff is originally from Bottineau, North Dakota, and holds a Liberal Arts degree from North Dakota State University-Bottineau Branch and has continued her education at North Dakota State University-Fargo and San Diego State University.
Missy became a member of the CEDA team in February 2022 as a Community & Business Development Specialist. She is originally from Boone, Iowa, and a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration. Missy worked for a national non-profit organization before transitioning to a local community college for nearly 14 years.
Missy serves Howard County Business & Tourism. This organization collaborates and unites together the county-wide Economic Development Commission, Cresco Area Chamber of Commerce, Cresco Industrial Development Commission, and county tourism.
She has a passion for serving her community and sharing with others why Howard County is a great place to live, work, and play!