Businesses of all kinds, from agriculture to cloud computing, are growing in Ames and Story County, where they find a wealth of resources that help them connect with the top-tier talent they need to succeed.
Talent is a renewable resource that Ames and Story County have in abundance, thanks to the decision by so many graduates of Iowa State University to seek career opportunities locally. More than 36,000 students are enrolled in the university. Some graduate and stay within the market while others boomerang back to the region after a few years in the labor force elsewhere.
“Much of this growth is the result of our market being able to demonstrate an available talent pool in spite of having extremely low unemployment,” says Dan Culhane, president and CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce & Ames Economic Development Commission.
An unemployment rate as low as 1.5% might put the brakes on job creation in places where a skilled workforce is harder to find, but businesses are able to relocate and grow in Ames and Story County with confidence that the top-tier talent they need is ready.