#14 Iowa


6.81 out of 10 in Taxation and Regulation

8.24 out of 10 in Workforce Quality

8.08 out of 10 in Living Environment

Right to Work?


State Profile

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad kicked off the state’s “Year of Manufacturing,” with the goal to increase Iowa’s manufacturing GDP from $29B to $32B by 2022. The initiative, led by the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service and the Iowa Association of Business and Industry will focus on building a skilled workforce, promoting innovation and research and development, and improving global competitiveness.

Key Industries

Advanced Manufacturing, Bio Science, Financial Service

Key Companies

American Equity Investment
Heartland Express
Principal Financial Group
Rockwell Collins
Meredith Corp.
Winnebago Industries

Key Contacts

Economic Development Authority

Debi Durham, Director
515-725-3022
200 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
director@iowaeda.com
http://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com

Current Developments

2016 Regional Report: The Midwest

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