Howard Lake Community Guide 2016-17 - Page 3

h oward Lake GUIDEBOOK 2016-2017 3 Welcome to Howard Lake Hello and welcome to Howard Lake! We want you to consider our home, your home! If you only have time for a short visit, we invite you to visit one of our quaint shops, take in dinner at one of our delicious restaurants, or take advantage of our new seasonal Farmers Market. If you have a little longer, please stop to enjoy one of our many beautiful and diverse parks or an Orphans baseball game, both of which surround the beautiful and trophy-fish-filled Howard Lake. Maybe you’re an aspiring or growing entrepreneur seeking to take advantage of our competitive business development incentives – we’re ready for you! Or, if you’re like the nearly 2,100 smiling residents that have decided to raise their families here, we have robust housing opportunities, as well. For an hour, a day, or a lifetime, come discover Howard Lake, “Home of the Good Neighbor.” We are growing! Recently, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Schools opened a new $22 million middle school on its central high school campus. This has come on the heels of sustained and projected growth in the school district. HLWW Schools was also recognized as one of the nation’s Best Schools in 2016 by US News and World Report. We have seen a modest amount of new residential construction and we are positioning for even more residential growth in 2017, with a newly created Howard Lake Housing Incentive program at Terning Trails, a master-planned development inclusive of an assisted living facility, proposed childcare center, and single-family homes. Finally, this past spring, Forsman Farms selected Howard Lake to call home to their 200,000-square- Photo by Ana Alexander Historic city hall is nestled in downtown Howard Lake, with easy access to shops and a beautiful view of the lake. Photo by Ana Alexander Mayor Pete Zimmerman welcomes new residents to the city of Howard Lake. foot, $50 million processing plant. We’re grateful for the economic and employment gains, and the start of a long-lasting corporate resident and relationship. Industrial growth of this magnitude comes once a generation; with it, we’re able to maintain competitive tax and utility rates for all residents and businesses. We are proud of our history and excited for our future! Looking ahead to 2017, our focus will be making Howard Lake an even more beautiful and enjoyable place to raise a family. We’re working closely with HLWW Schools to develop a master-planned park, our first new park in almost a decade, at the former middle school site. Over the coming year, we will be partnering closely with Great River Regional Library and enhancing our family-friendly library. Finally, we have just launched a downtown revitalization effort, where we hope to enhance the vibrancy of our central business district. The cornerstone of this effort is expected to be a full historic preservation project at the historic city hall, with a banquet space to be created on the upper level, overlooking Howard Lake and downtown. Howard Lake may be small, but we’re large in amenities and proud of our full-service community. Come join us! Cordially, Pete Zimmerman Mayor of Howard Lake