New Iowa development-ready location offers security, fire rescue on-site

Iowa’s latest certified site, just west of Burlington, is on a military installation – the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant – and therefore has no zoning restrictions and ambulance, EMT, fire rescue and security on site. Named the Commerce Center of Southeast Iowa, it’s a 152.9 acre plot of land that’s ready for development.

The Commerce Center of Southeast Iowa, like all Iowa certified sites, is certified by nationally-recognized site selection firm McCallum Sweeney Consulting. It’s less than five miles from two U.S. highways and is served by rail. For more information, contact David Toyer of the Greater Burlington Partnership at dtoyer@greaterburlington.com.

There are currently 11 development-ready certified sites in Iowa. Iowa is also one of the best states for doing business, according to Site Selection magazine. The state has a positive business climate and one of the lowest costs of doing business in the country. For more information on what Iowa offers your business, visit the Iowa Economic Development Authority or contact us at opportunities@iowa.gov.

2,000+ veterans hired through state of Iowa program

Veterans: the state of Iowa wants you. WalletHub said Iowa is #1 for most veteran job opportunities and #2 for most affordable housing. Iowans enjoy a high quality of life and growing, safe cities.

We also have a state program dedicated to recruiting and transitioning service members to civilian life. The program, Home Base Iowa, has already attracted more than 2,000 veterans to the state. Home Base Iowa also helps to facilitate access to special state benefits available only for veterans.

For a full list of those benefits, visit the benefits page. Here are some highlights:

  • Military Pension Income Tax Exemption – fully exempts military pensions from state income tax.
  • Permissive Veterans Hiring Preference – allows veterans preferential treatment in hiring decisions for both public and private organizations.
  • Military Homeownership Assistance Program – provides veterans $5,000 towards down payment or closing costs of a home by using the Iowa Finance Authority program.
  • Higher Education Incentives – provides automatic, in-state tuition to veterans, their spouse and their dependents.

In addition to state benefits, nearly 40 Iowa cities, counties and towns have signed up to be “Home Base Iowa Communities.” These communities offer additional benefits for veterans, and businesses in these communities have pledged to hire veterans. Find a Home Base Iowa Community and learn what each one offers.

To find out more information about Iowa’s commitment to recruiting veterans, contact Jason Kemp, Home Base Iowa Program Manager, USAF, Retired, at Jason.Kemp@iowa.gov.

Two-time Whole Foods “Supplier of the Year” thrives in Iowa

An Iowa company is behind the “Simply Organic” spices on shelves at Whole Foods stores across the country. It’s called Frontier Co-op, and it’s a two time winner of Whole Foods’ “Supplier of the Year” award, earning the honor in 2013 and 2016.

Frontier Co-Op sources and distributes natural and organic products including spices, teas, a variety of food products and essential oils. The video above demonstrates the company’s commitment to responsibly sourcing its products, and to the communities it touches around the world.

Eastern Iowa was first to benefit from Frontier Co-op’s commitment to its local communities. The company started in 1976 in a cabin by the Cedar River, and has grown steadily since. In 1982, the company constructed a 21,000 square foot facility near Norway, Iowa, a town of around 500 people. Many of the company’s first employees were farmers’ spouses who were seeking a supplemental income.

Now, the Norway facility is much larger, and the company also has locations near the eastern Iowa cities of Belle Plaine, North Liberty and Urbana. Frontier Co-op employs more than 500 people, with about 100 jobs added in the last 10 months. The company worked with the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s (IEDA) High Quality Jobs Program (HQJP), which provides assistance to businesses creating quality jobs in Iowa.

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