Emmetsburg Iowa - Home of five Island Lake

Economic Development

Overview – It’s Happening in Emmetsburg!

If you want to be “where it’s happening,” come to Emmetsburg, Iowa, an ideal spot to live and work in northwest Iowa.

The growth in business and industry and recreational offerings in recent years makes it an exciting time to be living in Emmetsburg!  In the past decade, Emmetsburg has attracted the Wild Rose Casino, Super 8 Motel, McDonalds and  Hometown Convenience Store,  Ag Processors (bean processing) and Poet Biorefining (ethanol) industries.  

Emmetsburg was fortunate to have been selected by Poet Energy to be the site of the first ever commercial cellulosic refinery, which was constructed in 2009.  POET and its newest venture, Project LIBERTY, is the $200 million transformation funded by Poet-DSM, along with an $80 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. People all over the world are talking about what’s happening in Emmetsburg, Iowa. 

Our excellent schools, a growing community college, several new eating establishments – all mean the area is expanding and opportunity abounds throughout our community.

Emmetsburg offers all the things you have dreamed of

  • a small, friendly community
  • a beautiful lake
  • no traffic jams
  • inexpensive housing
  • outstanding schools
  • a community college
  • excellent roads, streets, and highways
  • reliable and affordable utilities
  • strong ethics
  • skilled workforce
  • low unemployment rate
  • low crime rate
  • advanced technology
  • business friendly community
  • easy access to big city life

Economic Development Organizations

There are three organizations in and around Emmetsburg that are designed to promote the well-being of our community. The following groups cooperate, communicate, and work together to promote projects.

LocationOne Information System (LOIS)

LOIS is a state-wide economic development database that provides detailed information on buildings, sites and locations anywhere in Iowa. Anyone can use this Internet source to do an on-line 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.



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