Area development guides are created through partnerships with communities to promote economic, retail and residential growth. These high-quality magazines are custom-designed, written and photographed by Business Publications, and distributed through the Business Record, area chambers of commerce, city offices an individual corporations.
West Des Moines
Years of visionary leadership, years of making the right decisions and years of sound planning are paying off in a very big way. West Des Moines has experienced $1.1 billion in new development over the past five years. Attention to financial basics has earned the city an AAA bond rating from Standard and Poor’s, the gold standard of fiscal soundness shared by only 66 other cities in the country.
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What an amazing time to be part of Des Moines, Iowa’s capital city that’s alive with action, momentum and growth! With a city population approaching 200,000 and a metro population of over half a million, Des Moines has become the destination where people want to live, conduct business and lay the foundation of success for future generations.
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Downtown Des Moines
Over the past five years, Downtown Des Moines has seen more than 2.75 billion dollars invested in public and private capital. Our growth and success are readily visible through the beauty of our evolving skyline.
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Situated just to the north of the metro between Des Moines and Ames, Ankeny offers a unique mix of history and new development for businesses and families. Conveniently located on the interstate system, Ankeny is home to an airport (the third busiest in the state) and Des Moines Area Community College. The city’s longterm planned growth strategy continues the “neighborhood” concept that has served it well.
Eastern Polk County
Excellent transportation access and high quality of life define this region, which is home to the cities of Altoona, Bondurant, East Des Moines, Mitchellville and Pleasant Hill. Land development opportunities abound. The area is home to Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino and Adventureland Amusement Park, in addition to a strong network of bike trails and recreational opportunities.
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Grimes is far from ordinary, close to everything. As one of Iowa's fastest-growing communities, Grimes is filled with youth and vitality. Located at the northwest edge of the Des Moines metropolitan area, Grimes provides easy access to the amenities of urban life while maintaining all the advantages of a small hometown.
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Johnston is one of the fastest growing communities in Iowa. Located northwest of Des Moines, it offers a wealth of parks and trails, high educational standards, responsive government, new business development, and an excellent quality of life. Home to Pioneer International – A DuPont Company, Camp Dodge and the Iowa Bankers Association, Johnston is rich in history and close to Saylorville Lake country.
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Voted Businessweek's "Best Affordable Suburb" in Iowa, the City of Norwalk offers easy access to the Des Moines International airport, and major interstates and highways. With short commute times, abundance of parks and recreational opportunities, and a superb school district, the City of Norwalk will meet your residential and commercial needs.
Few areas in Central Iowa are better positioned for the future than Warren County. Guide includes Carlisle, Cumming, Indianola and Norwalk.
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Nestled in the center of Iowa's Lake Country, Polk City combines the best of small-town living, outdoor activities and big-city convenience.
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