The City of Ankeny understands the importance of a location to business.  Whether you need to move goods, conducMaps_Page_1t business throughout Central Iowa, or need a quick commute to the entire Des Moines metro, Ankeny’s location is ideal.  Located at the intersection of two transcontinental Interstates, I-80 & I-35, Ankeny offers excellent transportation access, quality land and buildings, a strong economy growing in a vibrant metropolitan area, an abundant, well-educated workforce and a city government that supports business success. Ankeny offers all this and more.

Access to Workforce 

Ankeny is home to Des Moines Area Community College, which enrolls approximately 10,000 students at its Ankeny campus. Ankeny is also ideally situated on the north side of the Des Moines metro, making the Ames, Iowa MSA and Iowa State University a short 20-minute commute to the north.  Iowa State University enrolls over 30,000 students annual, making Ankeny and the Des Moines MSA an ideal stop for interns, skilled labor and recent graduates beginning their careers.  The two MSAs combined have a population of over 800,000 and the average Des Moines metro commute is 21.4 minutes.

Interstates Access

Ankeny is situated at the intersection of interstates 35 and 80, providing immediate coast-to-coast and border-to-border access. With four major interchanges along I-35, Ankeny has become a hub for companies moving goods and providing services throughout Iowa and the nation.  These critical roadways and important connections also help growing companies attract a workforce from throughout central Iowa.  Maps_Page_2

Rail Service + Transload Facility

The Des Moines metro area is served by the following railroads:

  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe
  • Iowa Interstate 
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Union Pacific

 A new transload facility located in Des Moines offers streamlined distribution of goods.   Operated by Des Moines Industrial, the facility provides is accessible by customers using any of the four major railroads listed above that provide access to the Des Moines metro.  

Air Service

Des Moines International Airport (DSM) is located 25 minutes from Ankeny and is Iowa's largest airport. DSM’s six airlines offer on over 160 flights a day to more than 20 nonstop destinations. International flights can be made with one connection to larger cities. DSM serves almost 3 million passengers annually.

Ankeny Regional Airport (IKV) is the third busiest airport in Iowa and is the base for over 200 general aviation aircraft. The airport is located along Interstate 35 and adjacent to three business parks. The 5,500 foot long runway allows access for most corporate aircraft and private flights. Exec 1 Aviation is the full service FBO at the Ankeny Regional Airport.