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The top 3 expansion and relocation concerns

April 13, 2016

The top 3 expansion and relocation concerns

Every year Area Development releases its survey of corporate executives, which asks business leaders to name the factors most important to them when choosing a place to locate or expand their business. Let’s look at how Iowa addresses the three top items in this year’s survey: skilled labor, access to highways and quality of life.

Skilled Labor

There’s a nationwide need for skilled labor. Developing that talent is a top priority for Iowa’s leadership, from the governor’s office to the state universities. Iowa’s universities produce nearly 2,000 engineering graduates per year, and K-12 Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programs have already reached more than 100,000 students. In addition more than a third of Iowans 25-34 years old hold a bachelor’s degree and the state has the highest high school graduation rate in the country at 90.5 percent. 

Access to Highways

Iowa’s central location makes the state strategically positioned to help businesses reach markets throughout the country. Three major interstates serve the state, including two perpendicular routes which cross the country and meet in Des Moines. In addition to highways, Iowa is served by an extensive rail network, river barges and airports. 

Quality of Life

With low housing costs, short commutes, safe neighborhoods and quality schools, Iowa is commonly rated as one of the best states to raise a family. Iowa has cities with vibrant arts, music and restaurant scenes, and rural areas with natural beauty and outdoor recreation. The state is commonly rated as one of the best places to live in the country, and Iowans are some of the happiest people in the nation.

To hear more about Iowa's amenities, visit our quality of life page.



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