The County Workforce Profiles provide snapshots of the labor market for every Iowa county in The 7 Rivers Region. Each profile includes analysis of the current and projected population dynamics, the effect on the labor force, business development, county industries and employers, occupational patterns within industries, average wages, and total personal income. Iowa is among the leading states for unemployment, nearly 64 percent lower than the national average.
Year-in and year-out, Iowa ranks among the nation’s best states for cost of doing business. In fact, in three of the last five years, Iowa was number one in the country. Bottom line, low operational costs and a pro-business environment make Iowa a great choice for growing your business and your profitability. Iowa’s industrial real estate costs are low – rental rates for Iowa industrial space are 15 percent below the national average, and industrial construction costs 18 percent lower. A proactive and responsive business tax, regulatory and legal framework positions Iowa among the nation’s most “business development friendly” states.
Iowa’s certified site program, designed and implemented by the nationally recognized site selection firm McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC), parallels a typical site location process. Once credentialed, an Iowa Certified Site has relevant site-related data and documentation accumulated and is designated as “business development-ready”. IEDA is proud to have four Iowa Certified Sites, designated in April 2014. Many other Iowa sites are currently working towards future certification.
There are two Iowa counties that The 7 Rivers Alliance cover. They are Allamakee and Winneshiek county. Each county is unique and different.