BUSINESS BOOM: New Opportunities In Ames

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Texas Roadhouse opened this Monday in Ames and there are several other new businesses getting ready to open their doors. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Kohls, TJ Maxx, Aspen Dental and Solum Technology are all opening soon.

“I believe Ames is well-positioned to grow and prosper. With a combination of great livability, upstart growing private sector employers, and an educated workforce annually developed by ISU and DMACC here in the region – I think Ames has the good fortune of being a major player when it comes to economic development and meaningful job creation now and into the future”, said Dan Culhane, president and CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce.

The new intermodal facility aims to host Jefferson Bus services, Cy-Ride, Daily service to Des Moines Airport via Executive Express as a multi-faceted transportation hub, located on the south side of the ISU campus. It has over 300 parking spaces in order to enhance and spur redevelopment in Campus town.

Some businesses in Ames are also expanding. Culhane said United Supplier is set to move their corporate headquarters to Ames from Eldora. Tyson Foods and Wilson Toyota Dealership are also enlarging. The expansions are expected to create remarkable employment opportunities in the city of Ames.

 “The Ames Economic Development Commission (AEDC), which is staffed by myself and the Ames Chamber of Commerce, works with both internal and external developers to provide site selection to retail type businesses. Companies like WebFilings, Solum Technology, and United Suppliers are courted by the AEDC through our marketing program that focuses on the amenities of Ames, sites, workforce, financial incentives and of course the presence of Iowa State University, it’s researchers, faculty, and student population”, said Culhane.

With all the construction occurring in Ames right now, Culhane believe that ISU is the root driver. Besides, federal facilities like the USDA National Centers for Animal Health and the U.S. Department of Energy Ames Laboratory have accelerated Ames as a place for plant and animal health along with advanced engineering research and materials development.