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Top 10 Reasons to Locate Your Business in Southeast Iowa…

1. PRODUCTIVE WORKFORCE:

  • Iowa consistently ranks 1st in the nation for SAT college entrance exam scores
  • Iowa is a right-to-work state
  • Iowans tend to stay in one job an average of 12+ years
  • Iowa has the 7th highest percentage of population that are high school graduates or higher
  • Iowa has funded over $260 million in job training programs since 2006

2. LOW COST OF DOING BUSINESS:

  • Iowa consistently ranks among the nation’s lowest cost of doing business states
  • Iowa’s construction costs for industrial space are 14% below the US average
  • From 2001 to 2011, Iowa’s manufacturing exports have grown by 179%
  • Iowa’s corporate income tax policies offer significant advantages for business including 50% deductibility of federal taxes from Iowa corporate income and no property tax on industrial machinery, equipment or computers

3. WORLD CLASS EDUCATION:

  • The Opportunity2 region includes 2 community colleges and 3 private colleges
  • Iowa colleges and universities produce nearly 1,500 engineering graduates per year
  • Iowa ranks among the nation’s top ten states for quality of university research and development

4. BIO-SCIENCES CLUSTER:

  • Iowa accounts for over 25% of the total US ethanol production
  • In Iowa 525 entities are working to commercialize Iowa’s bioscience innovations
  • Iowa has 70% higher concentration of biological technicians than in the US
  • Iowa provides the nation’s second largest supply of biomass

5. UTILITIES:

  • Iowa’s average industrial electricity cost per kWh is 21% below the US average
  • Iowa is one of only a few states to manufacturer all of the main components of a wind turbine

6. CENTRAL US LOCATION:

  • Interstate highways I-35 and I-80 provide coast-to-coast, border-to-border access in the US transportation grid from southeast Iowa
  • Iowa has nearly 4,000 miles of rail freight track operated by 19 railroad companies of which 4 are major, national carriers
  • There are 60 barge terminals that ship and receive tonnage in Iowa
  • Within 30-90 miles of two commercial airports

7. ADVANCED MANUFACTURING CLUSTER:

  • Iowa ranks 6th in the nation in terms of the importance of manufacturing to the state’s economy
  • In the Opportunity2 region, approximately 215 manufacturers employ nearly 15,000 people
  • Manufacturing represents 18.6% of Iowa’s GDP
  • Nationally known companies located in the Opportunity2 region include John Deere, 3M, Vermeer Corporation, Musco Lighting, Pella Corporation, Hormel and Cargill

8. ENTREPRENEUR OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Iowa ranks second in the Midwest for entrepreneurial activity per capita
  • 97.2% of Iowa employers can be classified as small businesses

9. QUALITY OF LIFE:

  • Iowa’s top two largest lakes are located within the Opportunity2 region providing many opportunities for recreation
  • In the Opportunity2 region, 68% of housing is owner occupied as compared to 57% nationwide
  • Low Crime Rate

10. FAMILY FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES:

  • The Opportunity2 region provides a safe small community lifestyle
  • Employers rank K-12 schools, fire protection and police services as the top community features
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With so many colleges and universities southern Iowa can't be beat when it comes to educated and dedicated workforces. Ask any of our 3,800 thriving businesses. From elementary education through college, we nurture the highest standards of education and training.