Ames EDC

The Grass is Greener in the Ames MSA

Why the Ames MSA?

There has never been a better time to look at Ames, Boone, and Story County as a place to grow your business. Iowa offers many competitive advantages for the manufacturing industry, and our team stands ready to guide you through every step of the process to maximize your investment. 


Ames MSA 2010 2020
Total Population 89,575 98,537
Total Households 36,801 41,317
Median Household Income $48,034 $56,756


Boone, Iowa 2010 2020
Total Population 12,661 12,242
Total Households 5,380 5,291
Median Household Income $46,749 $57,943


Educational Attainment (2018)  
High School Diploma 16%
Associate's Degree 13.5%
Bachelor's Degree 28.9%
Graduate or Professional Degree 21.8%

Midwest Crossroads

The Ames MSA is nestled in the heart of the Midwest, with built-in access to the US Interstate system.

Advantages of the Ames MSA

We offer many competitive incentives and advantages to choosing our MSA to grow your business, including tax credits, workforce training, and access to world-class research facilities.

Business Advantages | Financial Assistance

Iowa State University Research Park

The 400-acre development includes the ISU Economic Development Core Facility, a one-stop shop for businesses seeking Iowa State's expertise and assistance.

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Prairie View Industrial Center

An Iowa Economic Development Authority Certified Site, Prairie View Industrial Center offers 730 acres of prime development right off Interstate 35 and Highway 30.

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Story County Sites

We are proud to partner with small communities throughout the Ames MSA and provide economic development support. These additional sites offer many amenities, including fiber optic, water, and natural gas.

Workforce Development

Our team will work closely with you to recruit and retain employees. We're proud to partner with Iowa State University, IowaWORKS, and Home Base Iowa, while also offering our own local job board, and talent development opportunities.

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