What is the Business Climate in Iowa Hiawatha Like?

Business Climate in Iowa – Hiawatha

A Bright Today and a Bright Tomorrow

People in Hiawatha get things done.

The business climate in Iowa can be represented by the council members and city employees who come together to plan, roll up their sleeves, and accomplish goals. Whether it’s hiring a new city administrator, building a city hall, planning park improvements, raising money to help flood victims, approving a local option sales tax, exploring a new library space, researching road expansions, or recruiting and retaining businesses, Hiawatha leaders have a clear vision for their future.

One of the most visible signs of that vision is Hiawatha’s strong business climate. In fact, Mayor Tom Thies says the city follows the theme of “Continued Growth; Commitment to Success.”

Businesses interested in Hiawatha can often secure TIF (tax increment financing) decisions within 24 hours. In addition, companies who wish to relocate in Hiawatha may qualify for tax abatement benefits and can take advantage of a variety of employee training opportunities through Kirkwood Community College.

Strategic planning has resulted in the addition of many new companies and many new jobs in Hiawatha. Cedar Graphics recently announced they will expand as they take over operations from a Davenport company. And in May, the Corridor Business Journal honored the top 25 fastest growing companies in the region. Five of those companies are from Hiawatha.

For the second time in three years, Midwest Microwave Solutions was named as the fastest growing company in the Corridor. With 23 highly skilled employees, Midwest Microwave Solutions—a radio frequency consulting firm—posted revenue growth of 419.8 percent from 2011-2013.

As a design firm that specializes in residential home plans and custom home designs to fit every budget, Ahmann Design, Inc. was another Hiawatha company honored as a fast-growing business.

Compass Commercial Services—a full service general contracting and construction management business—showed a 224.8% increase in annual revenue numbers during a three-year period. This year was second year in a row Compass was honored by the Corridor Business Journal.  As you can already start to recognize, the business climate in Iowa is one of growth and expansion for a variety of businesses.


With a mission to find good jobs for good people at good companies, Premier Staffing was also recognized as a strong and growing business. Founded in 2011, Premier offers a variety of staffing needs, including: short- and long-term, seasonal, and professional.

For the fourth time, Ready Wireless was recognized as a rapidly growing company in the Corridor. Founded in 2006, Ready Wireless is a wholesale wireless Telecommunications service provider.

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In addition to providing solid growth opportunities, Hiawatha employers also provide high-quality jobs. Last June, the Corridor Business Journal recognized two Hiawatha companies as the “Coolest Places to Work.” The award identifies local companies who create the most engaging and rewarding work environments. The Hiawatha workplaces included:

  • The Crystal Group: a rugged server manufacturer, a systems integrator, and a custom design and manufacturing services provider.
  • Prairiewoods Spirituality Center: a place to gather for retreats and programs that focus on ecology, spirituality and holistic health.

Learn more about the advantages of doing business in Hiawatha by reading about our financial incentives or visiting our LinkedIn page.