Successful Businesses
Start in Iowa

Low operational costs, a pro-business environment and a highly skilled labor force all make Iowa a great place to locate or grow your business.

Join a Thriving Manufacturing Industry

Based on a strong agricultural foundation, Iowa has transformed its economy over the last 50 years. The state is now home to a wide range of industries, including advanced manufacturing, food processing and biotechnology.

Advanced manufacturing sector employs 14% of the state’s total workforce – 36% higher than the national employment distribution for manufacturing. More than 6,000 manufacturers employ nearly 216,000 Iowans.

Iowa Business Advantages

Tax Environment
Single-factor, non-unitary tax based only on the percentage of total sales income within the state

0 – 12% corporate income tax

50% federal corporate income tax deduction

3.3% – 8.53% personal tax

100% deduction of federal personal income taxes

Right-to-Work State
An employee is not required to join a union or pay dues or fees to any labor union, association or organization as a condition of employment.
Refundable Research Activities Credit
Earn refundable tax credits for research and development investments that may be paid directly in cash to the company once its tax liabilities have been met.
Education
28.9% of the population has at least a bachelor’s degree

92.1% of the population have completed high school

Pipeline to Great Talent

Workforce dynamics is increasingly complex with employers battling for a reliable stable of talent to help them win against all odds. A steady pool of candidates who are educated, qualified and prepared to step up and fill relevant key roles within their organizations can be the difference between growth and a slow demise.

Public Universities
University
Location
Enrollment
Iowa State University
Ames
33,391
University of Iowa
Iowa City
32,948
Univ. of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls
10,497
Community Colleges
College
Location
Enrollment
Ellsworth Community College
Iowa Falls
949
Hawkeye Community College
Waterloo
5,605
Indian Hills Community College
Ottumwa
4,412
Iowa Central Community College
Fort Dodge
5,788
Iowa Lakes Community College
Estherville
2,011
Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids
14,190
Marshalltown Community College
Marshalltown
2,041
North Iowa Area Comm. College
Mason City
2,995
Northeast Iowa Community College
Calmar
1,655
Southeastern Community College
West Burlington
601
Southwestern Community College
Creston
1,600

Get in touch

Mark Seckman
Senior Business Attraction Manager
(319) 786-4392
markseckman@alliantenergy.com