Iowa companies are powered by technology, propelled by information, and driven by knowledge.

Information & Communications Technology

Iowa has a strong information technology industry of entrepreneurs and established companies that are actively leading the way to new advancements in all areas. In recent years, Iowa has attracted nearly $600 million in new investments from IT companies, including the locations of IBM, Google and Microsoft data centers. Currently, Iowa’s three major cities have been named Top 10 cities for data center locations, and the technology industry employs over 76,000 workers and accounts for $10.6 billion of the state’s GDP.

IADG and our Sponsors and Partners are working hard to provide the economic development, utility and telecommunications infrastructure necessary to support data driven and technology intensive companies.

High Capacity Telecommunications Network

Access to Iowa Network Services’ (INS) carrier-class fiber optic network is a key reason Iowa is an attractive location for businesses. With over 5,000 miles of fiber routes, the INS Network offers 10 gigabit capacity, point-of-presence located all over the state and connectivity to multiple Tier 1 providers, Dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM), self-healing SONET ring technology and 24-7 monitoring also make the INS Network cost-efficient, scalable, secure, and fully redundant. As the demand for bandwidth grows, INS continues to invest in the network with 40 gigabit fiber optic expansion and next generation solutions to keep businesses competitive today, tomorrow and beyond.

Financial Assistance

Ripple Effect, a unique economic development program, funded by INS and implemented by IADG, provides a portfolio of financial and technical assistance options for business and community development through rural telecommunication companies and their other development partners. To further bolster Iowa’s friendly business climate, legislation was passed in 2001 to assist a wide range of companies from large to small with multi-level incentives based on qualified investments in Iowa.

Location Advantages

Located in the heart of the Midwest, Iowa is statistically one of the safest areas in the United States. Iowa is protected from hurricanes, earthquakes, rolling utility blackouts and terrorist activities that threaten the integrity of data centers.

Competitive, Stable and Reliable Electric Energy

Iowa is perfectly suited for technology companies and data centers, by combining a long history of reliable service, ample capacity with one of the lowest costs for power in the nation. Midwest utility costs typically ranging 25-40 percent less than the national average.

Renewable Energy Leader

Iowa is a national leader in renewable energy, including wind generation and renewable fuels – ethanol and biodiesel, offering Iowa companies expanded options to meet their energy needs.

Quality Workforce

Business success is directly tied with the quality of the workforce. Iowa offers access to a well-educated and productive workforce that possesses a strong Midwest work ethic, providing a winning combination for business success.

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