The growth in business, industry, and recreational offerings in recent years makes Emmetsburg an exciting place to live! In the last decade, Emmetsburg has attracted Shopko, Wild Rose Casino & Resort, Super 8 Motel, McDonalds and Hometown Convenience Store, Ag Processing, Inc, The Shores at Five Island, and POET Biorefining. POET Biorefining brought an increase in population, growth, and dollars spent in Emmetsburg through its latest venture, Project Liberty. Emmetsburg was selected to be the site of the first ever commercial cellulosic refinery by POET DSM.

Emmetsburg Community Development Corporation (ECDC) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes economic development of Emmetsburg.

Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit group, focused on promoting retail and service businesses.

Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation (PACEDC) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes economic development for all of Palo Alto County.

Mid-Iowa Growth Partnership is a 9-county regional effort in northwest Iowa, created by the State of Iowa, that promotes growth and attracts businesses to the area.

LocationOne Information System (LOIS)
LOIS is a statewide economic development database that provides detailed information on buildings, sites, and locations anywhere in Iowa. Anyone can use this Internet source to do an online search to find economic development information about virtually every community in the State of Iowa. This information is helpful for people and businesses all over the nation looking to develop a business or expand an existing one.

What Emmetsburg Offers

  • Small, friendly community
  • Alluring lake
  • Lower than average cost of livingĀ 
  • Outstanding schools-private and public
  • Phenomenal Community College
  • Excellent roads, streets, and highways
  • Railroad access in all directions from town
  • Reliable and affordable utilities
  • Strong ethics
  • Skilled workforce
  • Low unemployment rate
  • Low crime rate
  • Advanced technology
  • Business-friendly community
  • Amazing quality of life
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