Warren County is well positioned for economic growth as it is the Southern Gateway to the growing Greater Des Moines Metropolitan Area.  The transportation network includes convenient access to two interstates, several major four-lane highways, Union Pacific Rail Service and the Des Moines International Airport making it easy for businesses to connect to markets throughout the world.


Interstate 80, Iowa Highway 5, and Iowa Highway 92 provide easy access to east/west locations.  North/south major corridors are Interstate 35, U.S. Highway 65/69, and Iowa Highway 28.  Indianola, the county seat Warren County, is located 340 miles from Chicago and 135 miles from Omaha.  In most cases, travel to the east and west coasts takes less than 24 hours.  The Highway 5/65 Bypass provides convenient access to the interstate highway system.  The bypass links Highways 65/69, 5, and 28 to Interstate 35 on the west side of the metro and connects to I-80 on the east side of the metro.


The Des Moines International Airportprovides a broad range of passenger and freight services. Passengers can reach 17 destinations non-stop and international flights can be reached within one connection in other major cities. Already ranked in the top 50 airports for cargo tonnage in the United States, Des Moines International Airport has over 1 million square feet of cargo aircraft parking area. The airport cargo area also includes more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse space. Being just five minutes from the Warren County border makes the airport accessible by most places in the county in less than 30 minutes.


Foreign Trade Zone
Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) #107 is conveniently located on Iowa Interstate 35/80, about 14 miles from the Des Moines International Airport.  The FTZ allows certain types of merchandise to be imported, repackaged, assembled with other components, and then exported without having to go through formal customs entry procedures or incurring import duties.


The Spine Line of the Union Pacific Rail Service line runs north-south along the northeastern edge of Warren County opening up several development opportunities and allowing easy transportation.  The nearest switching station and piggyback ramp is a short distance into Des Moines.  Reference the Union Pacific Rail Map to better understand Warren County’s rail opportunities.