Prairie City’s convenient geographic location and community support system are major incentives for potential businesses.
Considerable amounts of traffic travel by or through Prairie City every day. One nearby attraction, the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, draws approximately 140,000 visitors from around the world each year. The city also sits near two major thoroughfares that offer easy access to Pella, Knoxville, Newton, and Des Moines. Prairie City is located just seven miles off Interstate 80 and right on Iowa Highway 163, also known as the Heartland Highway Corridor. Construction of the four-lane Highway 163 bypass has also opened up land—and business opportunity—between the highway and Prairie City.
The fact that Prairie City enjoys close proximity to Des Moines, along with lower taxes and cost of living, has attracted many young residents to town. This population increase has brought with it a growing base of customers to support area businesses. Our community leaders are equally helpful. Prairie City works one-on-one with businesses to create individualized incentive plans and offers continuing support to help a business grow and thrive long after it’s established.