Why Mills County

Why Mills County?

  • Currently 941,000 residents combined in the CSA, and projected population estimated to be over 1 million by 2023
  • Excellent access to I-29/ Hwy 34 with toll free access to Bellevue, NE via Hwy 34
  • Abundant development sites of 5+ acres
  • Fiber optic service in the area
  • Sales/Use tax exemption on industrial product machinery, equipment, computers, & pollution control equipment
  • What Mills County Can Offer Your Business:
  •  Household Income:* -  $62,636
  •   Ave. Disposable Income -  $57,119
  •  Ave. Per Capita Income - $28,938
  •  Ave. HH Income - $76,334
  •  Population (10 mile Trade Area) - 68,971
  •  Projected 2018 Population - 72,166
  •  Projected Omaha/ Council Bluffs CSA Population (2013) - 941,000
  •  Median Age (Years) - 34.7
  •  Vehicles Per Day (I-29 & Hwy 34) - 21,800
  • *15% projected increase in average HH income by 2018* 

ESRI statics for a 10 mile radius of I-29/ Hwy 34

Economic Incentives:

Locating your business in Mills County, IA and the region provides you access to some of the most useful and adaptable assistance programs with the staff in place to work with your firm to identify and implement the programs best suited for your needs.  Some of the incentives include:

  • Tax Abatement
  • Investment Tax Credit
  • Research Activities Credit
  • Refund of Sales/Use Taxes
  • New Job Training Supplemental Credit
  • Community Economic Betterment Account
  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
  • New Jobs & Job Training
    • Job Training
    • New Jobs Training Program Tax Credit
    • High Quality New Jobs Program

Community and Logistics:

Interstate Commuting: 

Mills County, IA is situated one mile south of Council Bluffs, IA and includes multiple interchanges on I-29 providing easy access to anywhere in the Greater Omaha/Council Bluffs Metro area. Additional logistics advantages include industrial and residential areas having direct interstate access to Kansas City (2hrs); Des Moines, IA (2 hrs.); Lincoln, NE (1 hr.) & Sioux Falls, SD (3.5 hrs.).

Railroad Service: 

The Mills County, IA area is serviced by four railroads: Union Pacific, Iowa Interstate, Burlington Northern Santa Fe & Kansas City Southern.

Air Service: 

The Greater Omaha Metro is serviced by Eppley Airfield (20 minutes from I-29/Hwy 34 interchange). The Eppley Airfield had over 4.1 Millions passengers and handled over 113 million pounds of cargo in 2014.  Eppley Airfield is also serviced by 7 freight companies and 18 air carriers with between 70-75 daily departures.    

Higher Education:

There are numerous colleges, universities and trade institutions within the metro area including: The University of Nebraska at Omaha, Creighton University, Iowa Western Community College, & Metropolitan Community College.


 In Iowa, state corporate income taxes are based solely on in-state sales.  State sales taxes are 6% with exclusion on food, prescription drugs and medical devices.  Property taxes in Iowa exclude machinery, equipment and warehouse racking.