Mayor Dean O’Connor has a Message for the Altoona Community
In recent years, the economy of Altoona, Iowa has grown substantially as major businesses have broken ground, pursing economic development and business opportunity. When examining the Altoona economy, understanding the business climate and inherent advantages of the region is influential for people looking to move to Altoona or businesses searching for unique economic opportunity.
Altoona’s community is growing in data, retail, logistics, advanced manufacturing, entertainment and more. Joining us in the growth of East Polk County is our neighbors in Bondurant, Iowa.
On Thursday, February 6, 2020, Amazon.com, Inc. announced plans to open its first fulfillment center in the state of Iowa. The 645,000 square-foot fulfillment center will bring 1,000 new full-time jobs to the region.
When LightEdge opened their first Altoona data center in 2007, some people didn’t know what to make of it.
“People were asking us, What is a data center?” recalls Jim Masterson, LightEdge CEO. “Today, you’re beginning to see them everywhere. You look around, in this area alone, and you see Facebook, Microsoft—they’re all here. But we were the first.”
Altoona resident Norman Wrigley already knew a thing or two about Tae Kwon Do – he had a third-degree blackbelt, after all – but when it came to running his own business, he was more of an apprentice than a master.
Burger Shed, a casual restaurant that serves up specialty burgers, handcrafted shakes, and an extra helping of attitude, is developer Heart of America’s latest Altoona creation.
What is Altoona Campus?
Altoona Campus is a large fitness facility in Altoona. It serves many generations of people in our community, from commuters and young professionals to retirees and families.