Data Centers

Data Centers

Iowa offers key advantages for data center operations, including a profitable business climate, excellent geographic location, competitive utility and technology resources and a quality IT workforce. Data Center Industry Fact Sheet

Powerful Partnerships Provide Statewide Network of Support

Aureon and Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) work in partnership to provide a network of economic development, utility an telecommunications assistance to new and existing businesses through the Ripple Effect Program. This unique economic development program, funded by Aureon and implemented by IADG, provides a portfolio of financial and technical assistance options for business and community development through the rural telecommunication companies and their development partners.

Additional Financial Assistance and Tax Advantages

To bolster Iowa’s friendly business climate for data centers, state legislation was passed in 2009 to assist a wide range of companies from large to small with multi-level incentives based on qualified investments in Iowa. Also, a number of tax advantages can be realized through Iowa's corporate income tax structure that offers significant advantages when compared to other states. IADG has a broad knowledge of the financial resources available at the federal, state and local levels to spur investment, fuel job growth and support community revitalization and will work with you to access the opportunities that best fit your specific project.

Location Advantages

Iowa's Midwest location offers a distinct advantage to businesses with markets and suppliers in the middle part of the country, or a central location to the east and west coasts. Iowa is also statistically one of the safest areas in the United States. The state also offers multiple available sites and buildings statewide for consideration when planning your next location.

Competitive, Stable and Reliable Electric Energy

Iowa is perfectly suited for 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 range 25% – 40% less than the national average. IADG has a strong network of utility partners statewide that are available to support your business growth.

High Capacity Telecommunications Network

Access to Aureon’s carrier-class fiber optic network is a key reason Iowa is an attractive location for your data center. With over 5,000 miles of fiber routes, the Aureon Network offers 10 gigabit capacity, points-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 Aureon Network cost-efficient, scalable, secure, and fully redundant. As the demand for bandwidth grows, Aureon continues to invest in the network with 40 gigabit fiber optic expansion and next generation solutions to keep business competitive today, tomorrow and beyond.

Aureon Fiber Optic Network Map

Quality Workforce

Business success is directly tied to 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.

Confidential Assistance

The IADG and Aureon staff takes pride in providing timely and accurate and confidential assistance to support your specific project needs. Whether leveraging funding opportunities; locating available sites and buildings; identifying regulatory or permitting requirements; connecting with local, state and federal resources; or working through unforeseen developments; IADG staff and partners will be with you every step of the way.