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"Why should a business invest in Iowa?"

Iowa state economic development professionals who are responsible for the attraction of business investment and providing site selection assistance to executives and their consultants were invited in April 2006 to provide an informative article on this simple topic.

We publish their point of view here for convenient reference.  This reflects their local market knowledge, project experience, and selective facts about their state business environment and the competitive business investment climate in their region as presented below.

Additional comments and research suggestions follow their article.

Who to contact for business investment projects in Iowa.

The article below about the competitive site selection advantages for business investment projects, and the support services provided as companies grow in Iowa, is from :

Phil Thomas, Marketing Manager

Iowa Department of Economic Development

TEL 515-242-4701  

Iowa : News  - for project announcements or other PR

Iowa : Buildings and sites - for commercial real estate searches

Local business clusters can also be researched through our Iowa directory of economic development agencies or other directories, including site selection consultants.

Similar articles are also available from other state economic development agencies.

See : The Long List : Why Invest In This Business Location?  and

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The GUIDE content below reflects our own research work among local areas in the state.

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Executive Summary : Why invest in Iowa?

Download WhyIA.pdf copy of this article.  Published May 12, 2006.

GUIDE content : GDI-Solutions
Get more from life. Enjoy affordable housing in safe, clean communities. Raise a family in a state renown for its exceptional schools. Advance your career at one of the many leading companies that have operations in Iowa. Take in the numerous world-class cultural opportunities available in Iowa's cities. Or get out and revel in some of the nation's finest parks and recreation facilities. It's all available to you in Iowa.

To find out more, phone the Iowa Department of Economic Development at 1-800-245-IOWA or 515-242-4701.

Or visit us on the Web at  

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Whoever said you can't have everything never lived in Iowa

Every year, hundreds of people come to Iowa and discover something they can't find anywhere else: balance. The kind of balance you can enjoy when you're able to meet not only your career objectives, but your family and lifestyle objectives as well. Some are people who grew up in Iowa and attended one of the state's exceptional colleges and universities, then moved away to begin their careers. Some learn of the state through a relative or close friend. Others simply move to Iowa for a fresh start.

What all of these people find when they make Iowa home is a genuinely great place to live, work, play and raise a family. They find a place where their neighbors are friendly and their commutes are short. A place where quality public education isn't just a dream, but a reality. A place of vibrant cities with shopping and entertainment possibilities. A place of endless outdoor recreational opportunities. Iowa is all of this and more. Iowa is life | changing.

Consultants, other professionals

- business location consultants

- other directories of professionals


Available consultant reports

- none at this time

Ad Recall - state and local ads

 For those living in some of America's larger metropolitan areas, life in Iowa may come as a shock. But don't worry. You'll adapt. Before you know it, you'll be accustomed to all the things that make living in Iowa more enjoyable. Like waking up later every morning because your commute to work is shorter. Living in a bigger house (or making lower house payments). Seeing your children excel in school. Or paying lower auto insurance premiums.

You'll get used to the fact that wherever you live, you're only a 10-minute drive from the countryside. The life you'll become accustomed to in Iowa is one that is lauded in national surveys year in and year out. For example, the Annie E. Casey Foundation named Iowa the 5th-best place to raise a child, and Morgan Quitno called Iowa the nation's 4th-most-livable state. Maybe the exceptional quality of life found in Iowa isn't what you're used to
presently. But it is what you deserve.

Event Recall - places to meet

- BIO 2007, Boston

- CoreNet Global Summits - US


Tax information

- see our tax directory


Governor - see US directory


Business Incentives

- Iowa incentives information

- Incentives research sources

- Incentives consultants

To get ahead in life, you have to make sacrifices.
Or live in Iowa.

As it turns out, you can have your cake and eat it, too. You can have the career you went to school and trained for. And you can have an enjoyable lifestyle made possible by working in the close proximity of good schools for your children and numerous entertainment and recreational opportunities for your entire family.

Did we say career opportunities? Yep. Iowa is expanding rapidly in the sectors of life sciences and biosciences, advanced manufacturing, information solutions and financial services. Such leading companies as Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.; Deere and Company; Rockwell Collins, Inc.; Principal Financial Group; TransOva Genetics; Wells Fargo; Professional Computer Systems; Wells' Dairy, Inc.; and AEGON are experiencing growth and creating outstanding career opportunities for Iowans.

And considering that Iowa is committed to creating an environment where business can thrive, the future looks very good. So get to Iowa. And get ahead.

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Sites, Buildings, Business Parks

- Iowa commercial property list

- CRE Search

- Featured properties - none


Science Parks and Incubators

- Technology parks directory


FTZ's - Foreign-Trade Zones

- FTZ directory


BRAC - military base closures

- BRAC directory


Rail, Ports, Airports


Iowans know entertainment and recreation inside and out.

You could think of Iowa as two major rivers (the Missouri and the Mississippi) with a giant playground in between. Iowa's terrain accommodates nearly every form of recreation from downhill skiing and hiking to bicycling on well-paved paths or off-road trails. Anglers revel in the state's abundant sports fisheries, and hunters enjoy some of the nation's finest pheasant and white-tail deer hunting.

And you don't have to seek the great outdoors to encounter great entertainment. Iowa city streets may take you to an open-air farmers market or to a world premiere ballet. You may thrill to major college sporting events at one of the state's showcase stadiums, or enjoy a symphony orchestra in one of Iowa's posh concert halls. From challenging 18-hole golf courses and thoroughbred racing excitement to superb dining and shopping, there's no end of things to see and experience in Iowa. So live a little. And do a lot.

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Utilities information

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This article was provided by:

Phil Thomas
Marketing Manager
Iowa Department of Economic Development
200 E. Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: 515-242-4736 

Please let him know if you found this article to be helpful, or if you have suggestions for improvement.

PR : Project Announcements

- Iowa news, press releases

- US North Central region projects


Residential Real Estate

- national directory of resources


Professional services directories

- Site selection, strategy

- Project management

- Corporate real estate

- Property developers

- Human resources

- Logistics

- Tax services

- Legal - international

- Utilities

Latest update to the above article : May 12, 2006   Iowa replied quickly to our request for such articles relative to other states. The above is GDI-Solutions content.
If quoting the above material, please cite the state organization and contact as the original source, and that it was found through .  For more local area information, refer to our Iowa directory of economic development agencies and chambers of commerce, or refer to our US North Central Region directory for additional sources of information.

Questions or Comments?

Contact : Bruce Donnelly

TEL 847-304-4655 Chicago

This article was prepared by professionals who are responsible for the attraction of business investment projects to the state, such as for new offices, factories, distribution centers, etc.  These articles are not edited to reflect our own research, experience, or point of view, nor do we validate the assertions which they have made in the article, or make any warranty about such content.  We provide other content and links through our independent GUIDE research work. Please let us know if there are other topics which you would like these articles to cover, or if you feel that any updates or corrections are needed.  Comments based upon experience as an executive or professional service provider responsible for the planning of investment projects anywhere are welcome.  We also welcome other professional research reports which we can summarize and make available through links to relevant websites where they are published.
Our USA Search feature at  can be used to selectively search the websites of US state economic development agencies as a convenient research tool. Similar research tools are the Area Search (areas within states), CRE Search (commercial real estate), Event Search (associations, trade shows), and Media Search (publications).
We also maintain many reference directories of economic development agencies, professional service provides, and topics of common interest for capital investment project planning.

This includes directories of project announcements, property listings, incentives information, labor market information, and many other resources to facilitate project plans.

Our Research directory provides links to many sources of information and data which may be helpful to executives for capital investment project plans and quick reference in general.

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