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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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"After attending Iowa State University, I left Iowa for other cities around the country. I came back to Southeastern Iowa because I haven't found a better place to raise my children."

Chris Ball, Entrepreneur and Business Owner