Data Information Technology

The growth of technology is driving the need for data centers and IT- related businesses. Western Iowa offers a number of benefits to data and IT businesses including lower- than-average electric costs, fiber technology, low natural disaster risk, and a low cost of doing business.

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Legendary Midwestern Work Ethic

According to employers in the region, the work ethic and productivity of employees in the Western Iowa region are higher than their counterparts in other locations across the US.

These favorable business conditions provide for the perfect place to locate in the region, and may be the reason why many employers say they would not think about leaving.

Safe Environment For Your Business!

Property crime in the Western Iowa region is 15% lower than the U.S. and 9% lower than Iowa.

(Source: www.bestplaces.net)

The Western Iowa region has a low risk of natural disaster.

(Source: Sperling’s Best Places)

Advantageous Business Environment

No sales and use tax on manufacturing machinery and business equipment purchases.

No property tax on new industrial machinery and business equipment.

No personal property tax, including corporate inventories of goods-in-process, raw materials and salable goods.

Iowa Corporate Income Tax

  • 50% deductibility of federal taxes from Iowa corporate income
  • Single-factor, non-unitary based only on the percentage of total sales income within the state

Iowa Data Center Business Property Exemption

Iowa offers an incentive exclusive to data centers. Exemptions (based on level of investment) for certain property (other than buildings and land) purchased by a data center business including computers, equipment, back-up fuel and electricity.

Employers

Company Primary Service Employees
American Home Shield Home Warranty 400-450
Brokers International, Ltd. Insurance Agencies/Brokerages 100-150
Caleris Call Centers 100-150
Computer Concepts of Iowa Technical Services 1-50
Future Health Acquisition Software Publisher 1-50
Monarc Technologies Telecommunications 1-50
Professional Computer Systems Software for Utility Companies 1-50
Western Iowa Networks Telecommunications 1-50

Wage Comparison

Wages for computer-related occupations provide employers with a great value.

Occupation Iowa USA
Information Security Analysts $44.04
Computer Programmers $32.67 $39.75
Software Developers, Systems Software $43.78 $50.98
Database Administrators $37.38 $39.56
Network and Computer Systems Administrators $32.01 $38.35
Computer Network Support Specialists $25.78 $31.08
Computer Occupations, All Other $31.07 $41.12

(Source: http://www.bls.gov/-2014)

Crime Ratings Western Iowa Region IA USA
Violent Crime 26 39.8 41.4
Property Crime 28.1 37.1 43.5

1=Lowest, 100=Highest (Source: www.bestplaces.net)

FIBER

Fiber is available in the region and expansion is underway.

Water

Western Iowa has an abundant and readily available water supply to cool servers and computer systems.

Education

The number of people with a two-year degree in the Western Iowa region is 2.5% higher than the U.S. (source: http://www.bestplaces.net/).

The four community colleges that serve the region offer a variety of degrees, certifications, and training programs in agriculture and manufacturing related fields.

Iowa Data Center Business Property Exemption

Iowa offers an incentive exclusive to data centers. Exemptions (based on level of investment) for certain property (other than buildings and land) purchased by a data center business including computers, equipment, back-up fuel and electricity.

Electric Rates

Electric rates in Iowa are lower than surrounding states and the US average. There are 10+ electric companies in the region, providing reliable electricity at competitive prices.

Electric Rates Iowa Illinois Minnesota Missouri Nebraska South Dakota Wisconsin United States
Averate Electric Price Industrial (2014) Cents per KWH 5.52 5.86 6.92 5.49 7.38 7.12 7.58 6.55

Source: http://www.eia.gov (2015)

Businesses support their own here. There is a sense of camaraderie between businesses and the community.”
Chuck Deisbeck, CEO at Western Iowa Networks