Transportation & Infrastructure

Iowa's Infrastructure Moves Your Business Forward

In the middle of the Heartland, Iowa is at the heart of the U.S. marketplace. The state’s central geographic location and abundance of transportation options make it a quick and easy place to distribute product and manufacturing resources. Investments in basic infrastructure components such as railroads, highways and ports – as well as communication infrastructure such as broadband and wireless – which keeps Iowa businesses connected.

Three interstate highways crisscross the state of Iowa connecting Iowa businesses to customers and suppliers throughout the U.S. I-80 is a transcontinental interstate spanning from San Francisco to the New York City metropolitan area. I-35 is a major North-South interstate, running from Duluth, MN to Laredo, TX; I-29 links from Kansas City, MO to the Canadian border.

A strong rail infrastructure and rivers bordering both the east and west sides of the state, provide Iowa businesses with warehousing, logistics and distribution benefits. Iowa has 4,389 miles of railway lines, with 2,431 miles of railway tracks classified as Class 1. So if you have products to move, you can move them here.

7.8 Million tons of commodities were shipped from the 60 barge terminals in Iowa - 55 on the Mississippi river and 5 on the Missouri river

More than 175 million pounds of cargo are transported through Iowa airports annually

With more than $13.1 billion worth of manufactured and value-added goods shipped out of the country, manufacturing accounts for 88 percent of Iowa’s total exports. Since 2001, Iowa manufacturing exports have grown by 181 percent – nearly 70 percent more than the nation as a whole.

An extensive infrastructure plays a significant role in Iowa’s leadership position with emerging industries. The nation’s leading ethanol producer, Iowa provides nearly 25 percent of the entire U.S. supply. The state also ranks sixth nationally in biodiesel production, and second in wind generation output.