Urbandale’s Efforts to Understand and Address Local Business Needs Recognized with Award

Tuesday, April 20, 2022
Curtis Brown
Assistant City Manager / Director of Economic Development
Urbandale’s Efforts to Understand and Address Local Business Needs Recognized with Award

Urbandale, Iowa – The City of Urbandale has been honored with a BEST of Iowa Excellence Award for its efforts gathering information and data about current business trends in Iowa.

Business Expansion and Strategic Trends (BEST) of Iowa is a unique collaboration of local economic development groups working with Iowa’s utilities and the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The group’s mission is to meet with Iowa companies to identify local economic trends, business needs and opportunities.

The BEST of Iowa Award honors communities that went above and beyond throughout the data gathering process. In addition to the City of Urbandale, three other communities were honored with the award: Iowa City Area Development, City of Boone and Mahaska Chamber & Development, and Mahaska County.

“Building relationships and supporting our existing businesses is the first priority for our city’s economic development efforts,” Urbandale Mayor Bob Andeweg said. “This recognition is both an affirmation and motivation to continue to deliver on that commitment to our existing businesses.”

2021 BEST of Iowa identified trends that include workforce challenges and supply issues from interviews with more than 1,065 companies in 66 counties. The City of Urbandale economic development staff contributed to that effort by meeting with dozens of businesses in its targeted industries of information technology, insurance and financial services, logistics and advanced manufacturing. The City takes action on the information it receives to resolve minor issues and to address larger concerns like workforce by collaborating with partners.

“Getting firsthand feedback from businesses across our state is critical to making sure we’re setting the stage for economic success,” said Drew Conrad, Director at the Institute for Decision Making, The University of Northern Iowa. “We hope that this information will help leaders pinpoint how to best support the hardworking people of Iowa.”

For more details about the study, visit https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/best to read the full report.

About Urbandale:
Urbandale, Iowa, is an award-winning community of more than 45,000 residents offering a unique combination of location, value, and community engagement to businesses and residents. Urbandale is located in the northwest part of the Des Moines Metro Area at the intersections of Interstate 35, Interstate 80, and Iowa Highway 141. This unique geographic location allows Urbandale businesses and residents convenient access to a coast-to-coast and border-to-border transportation network.  

Urbandale is a welcoming and vibrant community with affordable and accessible amenities for residents and businesses. From safe neighborhoods to acres of green space, Urbandale is uniquely positioned as an attractive place to raise a family, grow your business, and enjoy life. The City of Urbandale maintains one of the lowest municipal tax rates in the state, providing excellent services at an exceptional value. Each year hundreds of new residents make Urbandale their home—joining those who already enjoy our community’s extensive park and trail network, short commutes, great career opportunities, and excellent schools.

The City operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The City Manager carries out the policy direction of the Mayor and five City Council members. As a national leader in Character Counts, Urbandale endeavors at all times to promote and model the principles of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.