The best way to learn about Urbandale is to hear about it from those that have invested and continue to thrive here. Here are testimonials from six business leaders about the value of locating their business in Urbandale.


Laura Barringer

Manager of Quality, Supply Management and Facilities at John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG)

Deere recently built a new $32 million ISG facility in Urbandale that opened in 2019.

“We attract a lot of talented employees in Central Iowa and we were excited to create a more collaborative space for our teams to feed their innovative spirit."

“It’s a pleasure working with Urbandale’s economic development leaders. There’s a lot of great energy and enthusiasm here as we grow for the future.”


Paul Fisher

President/Founder of Energy Control Technologies, Inc. (ECT)

“Urbandale is centrally located in the Des Moines metro area, where you can enjoy a good work/life balance."

“Our employees and clients appreciate easy access to the interstate system, restaurants, hotels and the Des Moines International Airport. We have so many opportunities for growth. We’re glad to be in Urbandale as we continue to grow and have a positive impact on the community.”


Derrick Spack

Director of Sales at Gits Manufacturing Co.

“Urbandale is an appealing place for a global company looking to attract talent. The close proximity to the Des Moines International Airport is important to Gits Manufacturing. It’s also a plus being near Des Moines Area Community College and Iowa State University. STEM education is essential to us.

"People like Urbandale, because it has good schools, a low crime rate and good neighborhoods There’s huge potential here, and we’re looking forward to growing in Urbandale.”


AJ Schrader

North America Marketing Coordinator at Incotec

“As the company focuses more on the North American market, central Iowa offered an attractive location. Urbandale appealed to us, because it gives us easy access to integrators who are essential to helping us serve the field-crop market efficiently.” 

“There’s tremendous opportunity to expand here in Urbandale, especially as agricultural producers push the limits of technology to help feed a hungry world.”

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President/CEO of BirdDogHR

“Urbandale is great, because it offers easy access to the amenities of a big city, but it still feels like a smaller community. We have a strong base in Urbandale and look forward to growing here.”

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Matt Vincent

CEO of Source Allies

“Urbandale has a world-class attitude. It wasn’t until we moved here, though, that we discovered just how accessible Urbandale is.

“Urbandale city leaders are very welcoming of new businesses. They are also accessible and encourage excellence.”

“We’re glad to be in Urbandale. It’s exciting to see Iowans providing world-class business solutions.”