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Why Iowa 09

Why Iowa 09



Why choose Iowa? This presentation was designed to showcase Iowa\'s best: People, Natural Resources and Products

Why choose Iowa? This presentation was designed to showcase Iowa\'s best: People, Natural Resources and Products



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  • WHY IOWA??? Leisa Fox
  • My Perspective
    • The Iowa Association of Business and Industry
    • Founded in 1903 as Iowa Manufacturer’s Association
    • 1300 Members – very diverse
    • As Membership Director, I speak to executives from several hundred companies a year
    • Leadership Iowa and Business Horizons
  • I’ll talk about
    • Iowa’s Resources
    • Iowa’s Business Climate
    • Iowa’s People
    • Iowa’s Product
    • Iowa’s Lucky Atmosphere
  • Resources
    • In 1872, Horace Greeley a great American Mfg. Champion said – “Iowa is destined to be a great manufacturing state. You have coal in unlimited quantities…your lead mines…iron mines…cattle, hogs, wool, clay, timber, lime and stone…only await investment of capital to bring into your midst hundreds of thousands of consumers who will swarm to your factories…and eat up the products of this great agricultural state.”
  • Natural Resources
    • Coal
    • Lead
    • Timber
    • Lime
    • Cattle
    • Poultry
    • Hogs
    • Soybeans
    • Corn
    • Clay
    • Water
    • Land
    • Energy
  • Renewable Energy
    • Iowa ranks #1 in ethanol production, #2 in biodiesel production and #3 in wind energy production.
    • In 2006, Iowa accounted for over 30 percent of U.S. ethanol production and 25 percent of U.S. biodiesel production.
    • Iowa has over 1,000 wind turbines creating almost 1,000 megawatts of energy: enough power to service 250,000 homes.
    • IA ranks 2nd in Ethanol Consumption
  • Transportation Resources
    • Five major air cargo carriers
    • 19 railroad companies
    • 69 barge terminals on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers
    • Trucks move an average of 133 million tons of inbound freight and 163 million tons of outbound freight annually over Iowa's highways
  • Education Resources
    • Community Colleges
    • Private Colleges & Universities
    • Regents Colleges
    • Lifelong Learning Opportunities
      • Associations
      • Consultants
      • Businesses
  • Education Statistics
    • Iowa has the 3rd highest graduation rate in the U.S. "(Morgan Quitno, 2007) ..."
    • Iowa ranks first for highest scores on the SAT college entrance exam in 2007. (College Board)
    • Iowa is the 9th smartest state "(Morgan Quitno's Education State Rankings 2006-2007 Publication) ..."
  • Education Statistics
    • Top 100 Public Universities for value by quality 2006 – Kiplinger
    • US News & World Report Rank Regents Tier 1Year after Year
    • Iowa has the 3rd-highest graduation rate in the U.S. M organ Quitno, 2007
    • Drake is ranked as a “best value” in higher education by both U.S.News and World Report and Barron’s 300 Best Buys in College Education.
  • Quality of Life
    • Iowa is named the 7th-best state to raise a child. Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2007
    • Iowa ranks 9th in the nation for number of state parks, recreational areas and natural areas. Morgan Quitno, 2007
    • Eight metros in Iowa are ranked among the best places in America to start a business or career. Forbes, 2006
    • Iowa ranks 8th in safest neighborhoods in the U.S. Morgan Quitno, 2007
    • Happiness Index: Iowa 2nd Happiest State in the Nation » Mainstreet.com | April 8, 2009 When comparing financial health - foreclosures, unemployment rates and percentage of non-mortgage debt by income - Iowa is the second best state in the nation, behind only Nebraska.…
  • Quality of Life
    • Iowa is consistently ranked as one of the most-livable states in the nation. (Morgan Quitno)
    • Iowa features more nine-hole golf courses per capita than any other state.
    • Des Moines' quality of life ranks 10th in the Midwest. Only two communities ranked higher: Madison and Ann Arbor
    • Iowa ranks #50 among states in credit card debt
    • Iowa Ranks in 'Least Depressed' Top Five
    • Iowa ranks in the top 10 in the nation in the number of state parks, recreation and natural areas. (Morgan Quitno)
  • Quality of Life
    • Iowans enjoy the 7th-shortest average commute time (18.4 minutes) among the 50 states U S Census Bureau, 2006
    • Iowans enjoy the 9th-lowest housing costs US Census Bureau, 2006
    • Iowans pay the lowest combined average auto insurance premiums of any state in the nations National Association of Insurance Commissioners, 2005
    • IA ranks 44th in number of hate crimes per capita. Washington DC is first, Alabama is last .
    • Iowa ranks fifth in voter turnout
  • Quality of Life
    • Iowa is ranked the nation's 5th-most livable state based on 43 factors ranging from median household income to crime rate and from sunny days to infant mortality rate CQ Press, 2008
    • Iowa's capital city, Des Moines, was listed as one of the best cities for families with kids. Kiplinger 2007
    • There is over 1000 miles of trail for hiking and biking within Iowa's state parks and recreation areas Iowa Department of Transportation
    • Iowa is ranked 1st in the nation for social health based on 16 social indicators Fordham Institute, 2003
  • Business Climate
    • 1913 – Employers Choice of Medical Care
    • 1947 – Right to Work
    • 1996 – Machinery and Equipment Tax Exemption
    • 1998 – Employee Drug Testing
    • 2000 – Research and Development Tax Credit
    • 2002 – Corporation S Income Tax Reform
    • 2004 – Workers’ Compensation Apportionment
  • Business Climate
    • 49 th in Cost of Doing Business
    • 6 th Most Livable State
    • 3 rd Lowest Natural Gas Costs
    • 3 rd Lowest Electric Power Cost
  • People
    • Andi Coziahr – Council Bluffs Iowa
    • Plan B Consulting in Council Bluffs
  • People
    • Roger Hargens
    • President Accu-Mold, Ankeny, IA
  • People
    • Fred Buie
    • President & Owner, Keystone Electrical, Des Moines
  • People
    • Bob Wersen
    • President, Interpower Corp., Oskaloosa
  • People
    • Sean Abbas
    • President, Iowa Laser Technology, Waterloo
  • Products
    • Where was I made?
  • Products
    • Where was I made?
  • Products
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  • Products
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  • Products
    • Where was I made?
  • Products
    • Where were my blades made?
  • Products
    • Where were my fuel nozels made?
  • Products
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  • Products
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  • Products
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  • Products
    • Where was my steel made?
  • Products
    • Where was I made?
  • Lucky to be an Iowan
    • Are you lucky?
    • If luck is where opportunity and preparedness meet, you are here!
    • Iowa’s resources, business climate, people and products have prepared you. Opportunity surrounds you!
    • You are LUCKY!!! Now do something with it!
  • Thank you
    • Leisa Fox
    • Vice President of Membership
    • Iowa Association of Business & Industry
    • 904 Walnut, Ste. 100
    • Des Moines, IA 50309
    • 515-235-0575
    • [email_address]