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Major Industries in Altoona Iowa: What’s Causing the Growth?

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.

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Amazon Chooses East Polk County for First Iowa Fulfillment Center

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,, 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. 

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Lightyears Ahead: How LightEdge Brought the Future to Altoona

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.”

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