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100 Leading Locations: Midwest Metro Areas

As business populations shift and site selection continuously evolves, smaller regional and metro areas emerge from amongst the field of usual big-city suspects as desirable locations for companies of all sizes. Our list brings these locations to light by showing how they stack up to the rest of the field when considering 14 highly regarded surveys. These Midwest metro areas performed the best on Area Development's 100 Leading Locations list.

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Bloomington, Indiana (1/19)



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Next: Columbia, Missouri

Columbia, Missouri (2/19)


Significant investment & job creation projects:
• IBM, IT service delivery center, 800 jobs Moberly

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Next: Ames, Iowa

Ames, Iowa (3/19)



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Next: Council Bluffs, Iowa

Council Bluffs, Iowa (4/19)



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Next: Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa (5/19)



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Next: Iowa City, Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa (6/19)



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Next: Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri (7/19)



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Next: St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri (8/19)



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Next: St. Joseph, Missouri

St. Joseph, Missouri (9/19)



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Next: Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, Missouri (10/19)


Significant investment & job creation projects:
• Expedia.com, Office, $7.6M, 500 jobs

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Next: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (11/19)



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Next: Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin (12/19)



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Next: Huntington, Indiana

Huntington, Indiana (13/19)


Significant investment & job creation projects:
• Continental Structural Plastics, Auto parts manufacturing, $9.1M, 350 jobs

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Next: Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana (14/19)


Significant investment & job creation projects:
• Dow AgroSciences, Headquarters expansion, $340M, 577 jobs

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Next: Livonia, Michigan

Livonia, Michigan (15/19)


Significant investment & job creation projects:
• A123 Systems, Advanced battery manufacturing, $132M, 3,000 jobs

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Next: St. Paul, Minnesota

St. Paul, Minnesota (16/19)


Significant investment & job creation projects:
• J&J Distributing, Produce distribution, $8.5M, 150 jobs

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Next: Moberly, Missouri

Moberly, Missouri (17/19)


Significant investment & job creation projects:
• Mamtek, Food processing, $46M, 600 jobs

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Next: Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio (18/19)


Significant investment & job creation projects:
• Accel, Packaging manufacturing, $17.5M, 400 jobs

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