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January 14, 2016

It’s no secret – businesses love expanding in Iowa. And why wouldn’t they? Iowa was recently listed as one of America’s Top States for Business by CNBC. After all, we have a commitment to building a strong, diverse economy while raising the standard of living for all Iowans. This is just part of the reason why companies of all kinds are choosing to expand in Iowa. 

Take, for instance, tech giant Google. At their Council Bluffs data center they’re adding 35 high-paying jobs and making a $1 billion capital investment. Much of their success and continued investment is due to Iowa's commitment to renewable wind energy.

Because, not to brag, we’re number one in the nation in terms of total electricity we use generated from wind power – 28.5 percent in 2014. And it's not just our renewable energy that’s attracting business expansion in our state.

So is our skilled labor force. In Ankeny, genetic analysis manufacturer Advanced Analytical Technologies is hiring nearly 60 highly trained workers. While in Dubuque, insurance broker Cottingham & Butler is expanding its employee base by nearly 100 workers and making exciting facility upgrades. Located in the heart of Iowa, Germany-based Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica (BIVI) is set to expand its livestock pharmaceuticals production and biological research facilities in both Ames and Fort Dodge with a $110 million capital investment. The new BIVI facility in Ames will be a large component of the recently announced expansion of the ISU Research Park, which is also home to Ebola vaccine and cancer treatment researcher NewLink Genetics.

You know you're on the right track when companies in your own backyard continue to invest in your state. So if you’re ready to make the move to a state where business expansion is the norm, contact us. Iowa is ready to help your business grow.



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