Iowa

This section includes articles related to area economic development, corporate relocation, company expansion and site selection news throughout Iowa.

American Rescue Plan

Good Jobs Challenge Awards 32 Entities Grant Money

Part of the American Rescue Plan, the program through the U.S. EDA focuses on assisting innovations in workforce development.
renewable energy

Growing Green Energy

Investments in renewable energy are driving job growth and site selection  decisions across the nation.
Simmons Pet Food Kansas

Simmons Pet Food Plans Expansion Projects In Kansas And Iowa

New canning lines in Emporia, KS and Dubuque, IA, and a new pet food distribution facility in Edgerton, KS are part of the pet food company's $500 million growth plan.

[QUIZ] How Well Do You Know Iowa?

Iowa is a lot more than corn. Take our quiz and see how much you know about the Hawkeye State.
Utilities Economic Development

Top Utilities: More Power To You

From municipally-owned power providers to expansive regional entities, these top utilities of 2021 did much more than provide energy.
Ottumwa, IA

Iowa: A $4 Billion Economy Grows In Ottumwa

With shovel-ready sites, a skilled workforce and a strategic location, Ottumwa, IA has everything you need to grow.
September / October 2021 Issue (Volume 54, Number 5)

September / October 2021 Issue (Volume 54, Number 5)

The September / October 2021 issue looks at startup ecosystems, innovation centers and Opportunity Zones. Plus, an exclusive interview with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.
mRNA vaccines

Locations For The Biotech Industry: Microscopic Miracles

Successful introduction of mRNA vaccines has created a platform for the rapid development of new treatments.
Apple U.S. investment

Apple To Invest $430B Across U.S. Over Next Five Years

Apple will build a new $1B North Carolina campus, and make job-creating investments in advanced manufacturing and clean energy throughout the country.
Sioux Center, IA

Link Mfg. Building High-Tech Manufacturing, Training Facility In Iowa

Link's 50,000-square-foot expansion project sets the stage for continued growth in Sioux Center, IA and will help the company accommodate a new, broader product line.
Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy: Shifting The Balance Of Power

EIA’s Energy Outlook 2020 forecasts a rapid decline of coal and nuclear power in this decade, the continuing expansion of renewables and the growth of U.S. exports of oil and gas.
wind power annual rankings

Kansas No. 1 In Wind Power Generation, Georgia Leads Film Production

Kansas is the top-ranked state for the percentage of electricity generated from Wind Power, Georgia is the frontrunner among Film Production Leaders in Business Facilities' 16th Annual Rankings Report
food processing

Food Processing: The Good And The Bad Of It

Two current upward trends show us how consumers are responding to both the power of plants and the power of panic with the demand for food.
shovel-ready sites

Shovel-Ready Sites: Ready To Hit The Ground Running

Precertified sites—also known as shovel-ready sites—speed up the development cycle for projects by cutting the red tape and lining up key approvals in advance of the site selection process.
Iowa bioscience

Bioscience: A Cash Crop In Iowa

Iowa has always been an agricultural powerhouse, so it’s no surprise the Cornhusker State is a leader in bioscience with 1,266 firms in the sector, from startups to global leaders in R&D.
May / June 2019 Issue

May / June 2019 Issue (Volume 52, Number 3)

The May / June 2019 Issue looks at locations that are making foreign direct investment an economic development priority. Plus, our editor's picks for tech hubs, and an exclusive interview with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.
5G data centers

Data Centers: 5-G Day

The introduction of 5G small cell technology means changes in data center infrastructure as well as significant increases in their processing speeds and volumes.
food processing industry

Food Processing: Digital Transformation Is On The Menu

Food manufacturers are picking up the pace in adapting to the emerging industrial Internet of Things, with nearly a third of facilities in the sector now utilizing wireless networks.

How An Iowa Location Can Improve The Bottom Line

The Iowa Certified Site program streamlines the site selection process and offers multiple options, including a green business park, industrial sites and parks, and mega sites.
Hiawatha, Iowa

Crystal Group Opens New Iowa HQ, Manufacturing Facility

The designer and manufacturer of rugged computer and electronic hardware is creating 50 new jobs, increasing production at the Hiawatha, IA facility. 

Rankings & Awards

2022 Global Rankings

18th Annual Rankings: 2022 Global Rankings Report

The U.S. and China earned the top two spots for Foreign Direct Investment (Worldwide) in Business Facilities’ 2022 Global Rankings Report.
2022 Metro Rankings

Business Facilities’ 2022 Metro Rankings Report

Metro areas and cities of all sizes are recognized for attracting and retaining businesses from numerous industry sectors in Business Facilities' 2022 Metro Rankings Report.

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Business Facilities Featured Location Spotlight

Location Spotlight: Hoosier Energy

The Hoosier Energy Power Network’s Economic Development team is dedicated to providing valuable site selection information and assistance to companies considering a relocation or expansion in Indiana or Illinois.

Business Facilities Featured Location Videos

[VIDEO] Made Possible in Lehigh Valley

The region has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing economies in the nation and is just a short drive away from major mid-Atlantic cities including New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.