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Report: Investments flow into Mississippi River metros

Iowa’s Mississippi River communities are attracting new corporate investments faster than those in other states.

May 1, 2017

Report: Investments flow into Mississippi River metros

Site Selection magazine tracks the corporate investments in Mississippi River towns, and then releases an annual ranking of the number of new investments per capita. The latest rankings, which include investments from mid-2015 through 2016, have four Iowa metro areas in the top 10. No other state had more than two metro areas in the rankings.

Even better, Burlington, Iowa, is ranked #1 for most new economic investments per capita for the second straight year. Other Iowa metros in the top ten include Muscatine (#4), Clinton (#7) and Dubuque (#10). The Quad Cities, which includes Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, as well as Moline and Rock Island in Illinois, placed outside of the top 10 in new projects per capita, but placed #6 in the rankings of total new projects overall.

The Mississippi River forms the entire eastern border of Iowa, and barge terminals line its banks. This area has a diverse economy, with an especially strong advanced manufacturing sector. Specifically, it has become home to a large concentration of agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers. For more information on the benefits Iowa offers manufacturers in this field, visit



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