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West Des Moines is constantly growing on its heritage reputation of being a hotbed for business growth and attraction. In fact, it’s been voted the “City Most Conducive to Business” by the Business Record, the local business paper, since the inception of the award in 1997.  Since its beginnings as a settlement built at the junction of two railroads, West Des Moines has grown to become a major employment hub within the Des Moines-West Des Moines metropolitan statistical area (MSA), as well as a shopping destination.  We are home to many finance and insurance companies, including Wells Fargo, Farm Bureau, and Athene. The City's retail offerings are highlighted by Jordan Creek Town Center and Valley West Mall. West Des Moines is also home to an ample variety of large stores and quaint shops to fit any taste.

West Des Moines has many attributes that make it an ideal city to locate and do business including:

    • A highly educated workforce. According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2013, 98% had obtained a high school education and 47% percent had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

    • A convenient, central location within the Des Moines-West Des Moines MSA

    • Close proximity to transportation modes, with its location at the crossroads of I-35 and I-80, as well as quick access to Des Moines International airport, highways and railways

    • A wide range of housing options, plus highly-regarded parks and recreation locations.

    • Close proximity to shopping and entertainment

    • Excellent school districts

    • City administration that values business

West Des Moines continues to be seen as an attractive place for business.  Come join us!

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