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Key Industries

As the state capital, Des Moines serves as a government, commercial, cultural and recreational hub for the state of Iowa. As a 10-county region, Greater Des Moines (DSM) has one of the best business climates in the country. The area is nationally recognized for having a talented and educated workforce, a cost of doing business well below the national average, a low cost of living and an exceptional quality of life, which is why a number of major employers have chosen to locate in DSM.

Greater Des Moines’ (DSM) Top Key Industries 

Advanced Manufacturing

The manufacturing sector in the region reinvests in local operations and is growing to meet the demands of the marketplace.

Ag Innovation

The region is dubbed America's Cultivation Corridor because of the high concentration of agriculture and biotech companies here, as well as the area's access to prime farmland, raw materials, academic excellence, talented workforce, customers and emphasis on agbioscience tech and innovation.

Data Centers

Major tech companies such as Apple, Facebook and Microsoft have found DSM to be a strategic and cost-effective location for data center operations.

Insurance and Financial Services

Insurance and financial services play a significant role in the DSM economy. The area is an insurance hub, with almost 80 insurance companies headquartered in the region and the highest concentration of employment in insurance and financial services in the United States. 


With its location at the crossroads of the nation and its immediate access to transportation infrastructure such as Interstates 80 and 35, DSM has been recognized as a prime location for logistics, warehouse and distribution facilities.

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