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TRANSPORTATION

Highway

Iowa Falls is located on U.S. Highway 65 in north-central Iowa, just 5 miles north of U.S. Highway 20 (4-lane), just 20 minutes east of Interstate 35 and 75 miles north of the Interstate 80/35 intersection, known as the “Midwest Connectors.”

Rail

Iowa Falls is on the main line served by two major rail carriers, Union Pacific and Canadian National. Iowa Falls is also within 10 minutes of an independent rail carrier, Iowa River
Railway. Development sites are available along these carriers.

Air

airplaneIowa Falls is home to the Iowa Falls Municipal Airport, a 4,100 foot hard surface runway and Jet A-1 fuel authorized facility that services area residents and businesses in the Iowa Falls area and beyond the Hardin County boundaries. Because we recognize the importance of corporate air travel to our area industries, Iowa Falls airport also recently completed a terminal renovation with a finished meeting space that is fully wired with the most recent technology upgrades for use by our area industries.
Also within an hour’s drive of Iowa Falls is the Waterloo Regional Airport which is serviced by five major airlines and 25 daily flights, or the Des Moines International Airport is located 90 minutes to the south with non-stop and daily routes throughout the U.S. and abroad.

EDUCATION

Iowa Falls-Alden Schools (PK-12)

Iowa Falls Community Schools are among the finest in the country, as witnessed by the high ACT scores posted by the local college-bound students. Average scores in 2007 were 22.1% which far exceeds the national average of 21.2%. In addition to the high test scores of outgoing students, the kindergarten through 5th grades report an 18 student to 1 teacher ratio which does not account for teacher assistants or other staff working with students in the classroom.
Location of Iowa Falls/Alden (K-12) schools:

  • Pineview Elementary (Grades K-2)
  • Rock Run Elementary (Grades 3-5)
  • Riverbend Middle School (Grades 6-8)
  • Iowa Falls-Alden High School (9-12)

For further information go to: Iowa Falls-Alden School District

Higher Education

Ellsworth Community College

ECCIowa Falls is home to Ellsworth Community College, which has been recognized as the fastest growing community college in Iowa with double-digit increases in enrollment over the past two years. Ellsworth has been ranked as the 17th best community college in America, according to the September 2007 issue of The Washington Monthly’s data-based analysis. ECC is the only Iowa community college on the top 20 list and one of only a few in the Midwest that received this honor based on the graduation rate of its students, coupled with superb results on the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). Ellsworth has in the past and continues to work with existing and new industries to the area to meet specific workforce development needs.

In addition to the two-year degree and certificate programs available through the community college, Ellsworth students have the opportunity to continue their education through a partnership with Buena Vista University who utilizes the Ellsworth Campus as a satellite to provide students the opportunity to obtain four-year degrees.

Ellsworth Community College is also part of Iowa Valley Community College.

Ellsworth Community College
Iowa Valley Community College

HEALTHCARE

HansenFHHansen Family Hospital is a 25-five bed Critical Access Hospital that serves the greater Hardin County area. Services include Outpatient and Inpatient surgery, Endoscopy, Telemedicine, Teleradiology, state-of-the-art Laparoscopy, pathology and radiology services, nuclear medicine, ultrasound (Doppler, color flow), in-house CT scan, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, speech pathology, occupational therapy, chemical dependency programs, partial hospital-ization, outpatient mental health services, cardiac rehabilitation program, stress testing, obstetrics, OB/GYN on staff; and community health and education programs. Physicians include General Surgeon/Trauma/Critical Care, OB/GYN and psychiatrist. There are 14 visiting specialists offering a variety of Outpatient Specialty Clinics including: Ophthalmology, Urology, ENT, Cardiology, Neurology, Allergy, Cardiovascular, Orthopedics, Podiatry and Oncology. EMH has three affiliated family medicine clinics: Ackley Medical Center, Ellsworth Family Medicine and Iowa Falls Clinic along with an onsite surgery clinic (EMH Surgery Clinic) and behavioral health clinic (Freedom House).

McFarland Clinic with four family physicians also serves Iowa Falls. The McFarland Clinic proudly offers mammography, X-ray, lab services, audiology, diabetic education, dietetic counseling, allergy injection, optometry and physical therapy. McFarland Clinic

Iowa Falls Family Health Center contains the Mary Greeley Medical Center and Iowa Falls Family Dentistry.

Several dentists, two orthodontists, two optometrists and two chiropractors also serve the community as independent medical providers. AMR Ambulance provides 24-hour emergency service for Iowa Falls and the surrounding area.

RECREATION & AMENITIES

Iowa Falls is part of the Iowa River Greenbelt, a 30-mile stretch of wilderness along the river that provides camping, canoeing, fishing and hiking opportunities. The river is also popular for boating and skiing activities. There are over 100 acres of parks in Iowa Falls, several of which are located along the river. The natural scenery of the parks, the cliffs and the river has given Iowa Falls the well-deserved name of Iowa’s “Scenic City.”

In addition to providing beautiful landscape throughout the city, the parks also provide sporting and entertainment facilities. Jones Park features the Meyer Municipal Aquatic Center where parents and children alike can enjoy a day of fun in the sun. The Bill Riley Band Shell, located in Estes Park, is the perfect setting for summer concerts. Other parks feature softball fields, lighted tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, playgrounds, picnic facilities and boat launches.

There are two nine-hole private golf courses, Highland Country Club and Meadow Hills Golf Club, both are located in Iowa Falls. Don’t worry about calling for a tee-time or playing 18 holes of golf in six hours or more. On an average day, you can play golf by yourself, with friends/family and/or do business on the course and truly enjoy your time on the course.