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AVAILABLE AND AFFORDABLE WORKFORCE

The West Des Moines community is home to top talent, with 57% of the workforce age 25 and over holding a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

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AVERAGE PERMITTING PROCESS CONVERSION

The City of West Des Moines’ average permitting review and approval timeframe is 60 to 90 days. This streamlined process includes a pre-application review and meeting with City officials to create dialogue about the development project and eliminate the possibility of time and money wasted on the project. It is the City’s priority to create a seamless and efficient process of plan and permit approval for your next project.

TAX STRUCTURE

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POLK COUNTY – WEST DES MOINES SCHOOLS

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(SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON LEVY RATES. DATA AS OF 2017-2018)

DALLAS COUNTY – WAUKEE/VAN METER SCHOOLS

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WARREN COUNTY – NORWALK SCHOOLS

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MADISON COUNTY – WINTERSET/VAN METER SCHOOLS

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BUSINESS RESOURCES

The West Des Moines community is home to several organizations devoted to helping local businesses succeed.

West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce

The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce strives to fulfill its mission by providing a wide variety of networking events, educational seminars, outstanding speakers, emerging leaders programs, and dynamic experiences for our Accelerate Young Professionals group. With more than 2,800 businesses in the city and continued development in a four-county area, the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce fills the role as a “center of commerce” for area businesses and continues to add programs and services designed to help chamber members flourish in today’s marketplace.

Historic Valley Junction Foundation

The Historic Valley Junction Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on historic preservation, economic development, business relations, and special event planning and management.

Greater Dallas County Development Alliance

The Greater Dallas County Development Alliance (GDCDA) is the economic development agency serving the Greater Dallas County, Iowa area. GDCDA works to protect and enhance our economic, social, and environmental resources through the retention, expansion, and fostering of business investments as well as working to enhance Greater Dallas County community attributes.

Warren County Economic Development Corp

The Warren County Economic Development Corp is the unifying voice to advocate for growth interests for communities within the greater Warren County, Iowa region. The organization’s day-to-day mission is implemented by several economic development professional staff.

 

Madison County Development Group

The Madison County Development Group works to increase economic activity, increase employment, and build the tax base of Madison County, Iowa.

 

Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines, Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,100 Regional Business Members and 320+ Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region.

West Des Moines Business Incubator

The West Des Moines Business Incubator is a nonprofit organization incorporated in Iowa with a focus on providing resources and curriculum to grow small businesses. The incubation program offers a blend of educational resources, coaching, collaboration opportunities, and affordable office space for any early stage business looking to grow.

DES MOINES AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (DMACC) BUSINESS RESOURCES

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Business Resources provides a range of skills training, talent development, and business consulting. Training and consulting services include custom training solutions for company leaders, employee workplace skills training, safety training, and customized consulting and coaching for successful implementation and sustainability. DMACC Business Resources also facilitates the Iowa New Jobs Training and Iowa Jobs Training programs for eligible Central Iowa businesses.

Secretary of State

The Iowa Secretary of State’s (SOS) office is a service center for businesses in Iowa, the nation, and the world. The SOS provides and accepts forms for all business entities’ formation, certification, and other business related documentation.

THE U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions, and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

THE SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER – DES MOINES (SBDC)

The Small Business Development Center – Des Moines (SBDC) was established in 1982 as one of the first four centers in the network and it serves the Des Moines metro area and surrounding counties. The center is located in Des Moines and provides one-on-one no-fee, confidential counseling to existing business owners and would-be entrepreneurs in Dallas, Jasper, Marion, Polk and Warren counties, in addition to providing workshops and seminars.

IOWA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Low operational costs, a pro-business environment and an educated labor force all make Iowa the perfect choice to start and expand a business. Iowa has lower rental and construction costs than the national average, lower payroll costs, lower workers’ compensation costs and lower utility costs. It’s why global tech leaders like Google, Facebook and Microsoft have invested billions over the last several years to expand in Iowa.

 

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TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE

Where do the national interstates, I-80 and I-35, intersect? West Des Moines, of course! The West Des Moines community is an ideal location for any business, being in the center of the country for national commerce. Highway 5 and Interstate 235, both connecting to the national interstates, are also within West Des Moines boundaries, connecting you and your products to your clients.

The Des Moines International Airport is located within 4 miles of West Des Moines. The Airport is served by the following airlines: Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, and United. There are 21 non-stop flights from the Des Moines International Airport, and that list keeps growing!

West Des Moines is also host to two regional and national rail systems: Union Pacific Railroad (www.up.com) and Iowa Interstate Railroad (https://iaisrr.com/). These rail systems serve agricultural, automotive, chemical, industrial, intermodal, and international markets.

UTILITIES

The cost of utilities is a significant factor when choosing your next location. West Des Moines’ cost of utilities remains competitive.

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TELECOM/INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS

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BROADBAND COMMITMENT

ACCESS TO AND QUALITY OF BROADBAND IS A COMMUNITY COMMITMENT. THE CITY IS PART OF THE CONNECT IOWA PROGRAM AND WAS ONE OF THE FIRST CITIES IN THE STATE AND THE NATION TO RECEIVE A CONNECTED CERTIFICATION THROUGH CONNECT IOWA BECAUSE OF THE ADVANCEMENT OF ACCESS, ADOPTION, AND USE OF BROADBAND. IN 2013, THE CITY OF WEST DES MOINES WAS THE RECIPIENT OF THE INAUGURAL ECITY OF IOWA AWARD FROM GOOGLE.
City officials and stakeholders have initiated a broadband strategy to enhance the City’s connectivity even further to welcome more companies into the community. While already well-equipped with broadband providers and accessibility, West Des Moines strives to continue to provide its residents and corporate citizens with nothing but the best broadband.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

MidAmerican Energy began investing in renewable energy in 2004, and they’re not done yet. MidAmerican Energy’s vision is to provide 100% renewable energy for its customers. It's a bold vision, which will be accomplished with the newly announced Wind XII project.

In 2004, 70% of the generation capacity came from coal and nothing came from wind. At the end of 2016, nearly half of the generation capacity came from wind, and 31% came from coal. MidAmerican Energy announced its 100% renewable vision in April 2016. By 2020, MidAmerican Energy will be the first investor-owned electric utility to generate renewable energy equal to 100% of its customers’ use annually.

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