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The Iowa economic development directory below (scroll down) links to the websites and contacts for many economic development organizations in Iowa and related content such as Area Profiles and Area Surveys as executive summaries about business locations. Contact us for project assistance, or to update our directory listing for an area.  We provide personal introductory referrals to our contacts and other assistance according to the investment project interests of the corporate executives and business advisors we serve.
Please contact us if you may be interested in expanding your business into Iowa.  We are independent advisors - not a government agency or investment promotion agency.

The "Seek Advice" section outlines topics which may be helpful as background to support your project plans.

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Iowa Department of Economic Development State 50309

Iowa Workforce Development - and Iowa Works business portal State

Iowa Business Growth Company State
Ames Economic Development Commission Metro 50010
Carlisle Betterment Group - Carlisle IA - Warren County Local 50047
Warren County Economic Development Corporation - Indianola IA County 50125 515-961-1067
Indianola Development Corp, Indianola Chamber - Warren County Chamber 50125
Knoxville (Iowa) Chamber of Commerce Chamber 50138 641-828-7555
Lacona Development Corporation - Warren County Local 50139
Milo Development Corporation - Warren County Local 50166
Jasper County Economic Development Corp. - JEDCO - Newton Iowa County 50208 641-792-7574
City of Newton, Iowa Local 50208
New Virginia Development Corporation - Warren County Local - 50210
Norwalk Development Corporation Chamber 50211
West Central I-80 Development Corp. - Adair and Guthrie counties - Stuart IA counties  50250 (515)523-1318
Iowa Area Development Group Region 50266
Greater Des Moines Chamber Metro 50309
The Greater Des Moines Partnership Metro 50309
MidAmerican Energy Company Utility 50322

Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber 50401    
Mason City EDC City 50402
Webster County Development - Fort Dodge IA county 50501
Storm Lake Area Development Corp. - City of Storm Lake City 50588

Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce Chamber 50588
City of Eldora IA city  50627
Parkersburg Economic Development Local 50665
Greater Cedar Valley Alliance county 50701
Ida County Economic Development Corporation, Holstein IA county 51025 (712)368-4316
The Siouxland Initiative (Sioux City area, including NE, SD), Siouxland Chamber multi county region 51101
Sioux City Economic Development Office

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City 51102 (712)279-6342

O'Brien County Economic Development Corp. county 51245
Carroll Area Development Corp county 51401
Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce - Council Bluffs Industrial Foundation City 51503 (712)325-1000
DevelopSource - Harlan IA - Shelby County county 51537
Clarinda IA - in Page County - note Tamana Japan Sister Cities and business links City 51632
Sidney Iowa Chamber of Commerce Chamber 51652

Randy Moreland

Greater Dubuque Development Corp Metro  52001
Fayette County Economic Development county 52175
Jones County Economic Development county 52205
Iowa City Area Development Group Metro 52240
Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber
Tama County Economic Development Commission - Toledo IA county 52342

Cedar Rapids Airport - FTZ No. 175 City 52404
Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) Utility 52406
Alliant Energy Utility 52406
Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Metro 52407
Priority One Economic Development - set up by the Chamber, promotes the Cedar Rapids / Iowa City Technology Corridor along with the Iowa City Area Development Group and other partners City 52401 (319)398-5317
Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation - OEDC

Wapello County, City of Ottumwa, Blakesberg, Eldon

County 52501




Survey 3/6/06

Grow Greater Burlington Iowa Metro 52601
Clinton Area Development Corp. City 52732
Cedar County Economic Development, Tipton county  52772
DavenportOne City 52801
Regional Marketing Coalitions      
Northwest Iowa Developers Coalition - Cherokee, Lyon, Osceola, O’Brien, Plymouth and Sioux counties region   2004 Labor Shed Study
Northeast Iowa Marketing Group - Allamakee, Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek counties region    
Mid-Iowa Growth Partnership - Calhoun, Hamilton, Hardin, Humboldt, Kossuth, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Webster, and Wright counties region    
Southwest Iowa Coalition - Shelby, Cass, Montgomery, Page, Adams, Taylor, Union, Ringgold, Clarke and Decatur counties region    
North Central Iowa Growth Partnership - Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Hancock, Mitchell, Winnebago and Worth counties region    
Western Iowa Advantage - Sac, Crawford, Carroll, Greene, Audubon, Guthrie and Adair counties region
East Central Intergovernmental Association - Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson, and Jones Counties region    
West Central Iowa Marketing - Harrison, Pottawattamie and Mills counties region    
Quad City Development Group (Rock Island, IL) multi county region 61201
University - Business Relationships      
Iowa State University - Ames IA University
University of Iowa - Office of Corporate Partnerships - Iowa City IA - technology transfer program, Oakdale Research Park, and Technology Innovation Center (TIC) business incubator University
University of Northern Iowa - in northeast Iowa, Cedar Falls / Waterloo area University
One Source Training - contacts for employee training programs at 15 Iowa community colleges Community Colleges
Other Resources for Reference      
Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI)
Human Resource Recruitment Consortium (HRRC)
Iowa Association of Regional Councils
Iowa Bankers Association
Iowa Biotechnology Association (IBA)
Iowa Business Council (IBC)

Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives
Iowa Department of Revenue - business and individual taxes
Iowa Small Business Development Center - SBDC - Iowa Business Network, information, links and assistance to entrepreneurs through 13 centers
Software and Information Technology of Iowa (SITI)
State Library of Iowa - State Data Center - demographic, economic, education and other data
Grow Iowa Foundation, Inc. - entrepreneurial business accelerator or incubator initiative to serve a 22 county region, southwest Iowa incubator    
USDA Rural Development - Iowa
Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though the state directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : relationship leader at GDI Solutions for maintaining information about contacts in this area.  If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we also list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.
The default for all other columns is "No" unless the organization supports our work.
  •  Survey : areas which have responded to our GUIDE Network Survey, with a link to their response for convenience if published (optional) and highlighted at the top.  This is often useful as an executive summary at the "long list" stage of location selection.
  •  Profile : participates in our GUIDE Area Profile service (also highlighted at the top of the page).  This involves a closer working relationship to maintain more timely and detailed knowledge of the area throughout the year, and also involves a more detailed executive summary on the website, with many relevant links.  If there are significant incentives in the area, we may also link to a GUIDE Incentives Profile.
All area representatives are encouraged to reply to the free GUIDE Network Survey, which consists of very basic questions to help maintain timely knowledge about many areas for referral purposes.  Area representatives : see how to participate.  Current service pricing is listed on the Order Form (Adobe Acrobat .PDF file).  Refer also to any special offers.  Please help us to help you by supporting our work.

Executives who use this service are encouraged to respond to our free Executive Survey, which helps us to continuously improve.

The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.

The directory above links to the websites of many Iowa economic development organizations (EDO) and provides contacts and Area Profiles, Surveys, or other available content about IA as a "long list" extension of our contacts directory for the IA and larger US North Central region, following the same structure as our global contact directories.

These area representatives would typically include

  •  a state department of commerce or industry or a provincial government office
  •  greater metro city or county area chamber of commerce
  •  county economic development agency
  •  industrial development corporation or council - IDC
  •  alliance for business development, community development
  •  investment promotion agency - IPA
  •  industry cluster development initiatives, business incubators, technology parks
  •  regional or global professional B2B networking organizations, business partnering, joint venture development, or strategic business alliance services
  •  trade and investment promotion offices

Despite the wide variety of names for such economic development organizations, and variances in the scope of their services, the ones we list are generally actively involved in efforts to attract, expand, and retain business investment projects in their areas (offices, factories, etc.), including the attraction of foreign direct investment projects (FDI).  This typically includes support services, financial incentives, and information for corporate site selection decisions as well as local business retention and expansion services. 

Contact information for relationship leaders at Global Direct Investment Solutions :

We develop and maintain working relationships among participating area representatives - economic development organizations - and professional service providers as well as senior corporate executives who are responsible for the planning of major projects such as new, relocated, expanded or consolidated offices, factories, distribution centers or other operations.

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