Locating in the Midwest

Find out why Iowa and Wisconsin are great
places to locate and grow your business.




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.

  • One of the five states that offer 50% deductibility of federal income taxes from corporate income.
  • The cost of workers’ compensation is 11% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of unemployment insurance is one of the lowest in the nation.

Economic profile

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.

Business advantages in the Hawkeye State

Tax environment

  • Single-factor, non-unitary tax based only on the percentage of total sales income with the state.
    May be reduced or eliminated by state tax credit programs.
  • 0% – 12% corporate income tax
    • Iowa also provides a 50% federal corporate income tax deduction
  • 3.3%-8.53% personal tax
    • Iowa allows 100% deduction of federal personal income taxes

Refundable research activities credit

  • Iowa sets itself apart as being one of the few states to offer a refundable research activities credit. Iowa companies 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.

Right-to-work state

  • Under Iowa law, an employee may not be required to join a union or pay dues or fees to any labor union, association or organization as a condition of employment.


  • 28.9% of the population has at least a bachelor’s degree
  • 92.1% of the population have completed high school
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The corporate tax rate is only 0.4% with the manufacturing and agriculture tax credit.

5% reduction in workers' compensation rates was approved in October 2016.

The cost of unemployment insurance is one of the lowest in the nation.


Successful businesses start in Wisconsin

A central location and skilled workforce make Wisconsin a great place to locate or expand your business.

Economic profile

Now experiencing an economic boom that started with technological advancements in the manufacturing sector, Wisconsin is leading the way in productivity and sustainability. With more than 460,000 manufacturing jobs and $55 billion in yearly manufacturing output, there’s clearly a healthy worldwide demand for Wisconsin products.

84% of all Wisconsin exports are manufactured goods.

Business advantages in the Badger State

Tax environment

  • A single-sales-factor tax treatment.
  • Corporations pay a flat 7.9% tax rate – and that hasn’t changed in 20 years.
  • When the income tax credit is fully phased in, the effective corporate tax rate for manufacturing and agricultural activities is only 0.4%.
  • Exemptions from the sales and use tax include:
    • Manufacturing machinery and equipment
    • Manufacturers raw materials
    • Fuel and electricity used in manufacturing
  • 9% corporate tax
  • 4-7.65% personal tax
  • 5-6.75% sales tax
  • Manufacturing companies in Wisconsin receive a 7.5% tax credit in perpetuity through the MAG (Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit) virtually eliminating corporate income tax for eligible manufacturing companies.

Right-to-work state

  • Wisconsin law prohibits agreements that require membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment.

A simplified business climate

  • The business climate is attractive to companies looking to expand, relocate or establish North American operations.
  • Policies have created an environment that supports business success.


  • 28% of the population has at least a bachelor’s degree
  • 92.4% of the population have completed high school

Development Ready Sites

Alliant Energy is actively acquiring attractive sites across Iowa and Wisconsin to help streamline the site location process. Lower your risk and accelerate timelines when you build on one of our sites.

Industry Strengths

We’re experienced energy partners with key industries including food processing and ingredients, biotechnology, plastics and packaging and more. Find out how we can use our experience to better serve you.

Working with Us

Our customized energy solutions help us go beyond the role of a traditional energy provider. Find out why partnering with Alliant Energy can help your business succeed.