Economic Updates

The city of West Des Moines’ Economic Development team and the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce are dedicated to providing site selectors and companies the information needed when they are considering relocation to or expansion of their businesses in the West Des Moines area. For more information, contact Ryan Moffatt.

515 WEST Magazine | #GoWestWDM

West Des Moines is the BEST Des Moines! We appreciate you taking a moment to learn more about the place we call home. As you flip through 515 West, we hope you’ll fall in love with everything that makes WDM special. It is our goal to create the most welcoming, inclusive, and accessible city to live, work, and play. We look forward to sharing our City with you and can’t wait for you to GO WEST!


What’s Inside:

  • WDM Economic Development Tour
  • Visionaries & Innovators
  • Top Employers in WDM
  • Movers & Shakers
  • Recreation & Entertainment
  • And so much more!

West Des Moines' Hottest Neighborhoods

Discover your next date night, team outing, or shopping therapy session—all in West Des Moines! From the Jordan Creek Town Center to the MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex, West Des Moines has got you covered for all your wants and needs. Explore the full story map today!

West Des Moines Development Retrospective

View the 2022-23 West Des Moines Development Retrospective Here

Commercial Real Estate

West Des Moines boasts more than 11.8 million square feet of office space and 8.2 million of retail plus nearly 6,000 acres are ready for development and most are readily connectable to infrastructure. A West Des Moines location offer a wide range of spaces by size and a wide variety of office amenities and styles. Leading developers with established corporate headquarters and regional offices in West Des Moines include Hubbell Realty, Hurd Real Estate, Knapp Properties, Inc., Iowa Commercial Advisors, and R&R Realty Group.

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2022 WDM Economic Development Tour

On May 17, 2022 the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and City of West Des Moines hosted the Economic Development Bus Tour, presented by Google Fiber. This ‘tour-riffic’ event provided attendees the opportunity to see the latest developments and learn about upcoming projects across the entire city. Following the tour, attendees enjoyed a reception hosted by R&R Realty Group where the new 515 West magazine was officially unveiled. A special thanks to ClaimDoc, IMT Insurance, JLL, Shive-Hattery, and Whitfield & Eddy for also sponsoring the event.


2022 WDM Economic Development Bus Tour Route Map


Thank you to Clyde Evans and Brad Munford for producing the route map and script.

Business Climate

West Des Moines is home to more than 68,000 people and more than 3,000 businesses. Many corporate giants in the financial sector call West Des Moines and the western suburbs home, including WDM Chamber investors.

We believe that the Chamber fosters a strong and vibrant business community. A strong and vibrant business community leads to more opportunities for us.

A hub for healthcare services, West Des Moines is headquarters for:

West Des Moines is also proud to have national corporate headquarters for Hy-Vee, Inc. and Home Services of Iowa featured in our corporate landscape.

The West Des Moines area is defined by a diverse economy, low costs of living and doing business, a creative culture and a well-educated population. Cultural diversity, well-established neighborhoods and mixed-use areas, a variety of industries, walkability and a thriving retail community are reasons why Money Magazine recognizes West Des Moines as the #1 City to Live in Iowa and the #37 Best Place Live in America, regardless of population.

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Highly Educated Workforce

With a premier location, a cost of doing business that is nearly 10 percent lower than the U.S. average, a highly educated workforce with 57% of the population holding Bachelor degrees or higher and 67% holding Associates degrees or higher, West Des Moines offers competitive advantages to relocating and expanding businesses.

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