Mitchell County gives
businesses a place to grow with room to expand and the location advantage
of being the center point between the North American coasts, allowing
for convenient shipping throughout the nation and world.
Mitchell County is located less than 25 miles from
Interstate-35 and business only has to travel 11 miles to reach
Interstate 90 from its northern border.
The Avenue of the Saints is located 10 miles south
of Mitchell County, giving access to Interstate 80 and St. Louis going
Two major railroads intersect Mitchell County, the
IC & E Railroad and the Cedar Valley Railroad. Competing railroads make
for good freight rates and these two lines are less than a mile apart in
the far north end of Mitchell County.
The City of Osage houses an airport on the east end
of the community with a 3400 foot long runway. The use of the
hangar and pilot's lounge are available for visiting aircraft. Rochester, MN houses an
international airport, which is just 60 minutes away from Mitchell
Mitchell County is connected to the information
highway, as most areas of the county have high-speed internet access.
In Iowa, a business
locating in Mitchell County will be well positioned for success in a
state with a history of scientific and business innovation, supported by
well-educated, knowledgeable employees. The community college system in
Iowa is excellent and supports both academic and career programs.
North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is
located in Mason City and is less than a 30-minute drive. Northeast
Iowa Community College (NICC) is located in Calmar and is about an hour
drive. There are many state sponsored programs administered through the
area community colleges to assist in training employees in the private
Iowa has a long tradition of providing a
productive workforce. In Iowa, over 80 percent of those who apply for
manufacturing jobs have finished high school, and many have post
secondary education. This number is higher in the Mitchell County
An educated workforce means a more motivated
laborer, lower start-up costs, lower training costs, fewer job-related
accidents, shorter training periods and an excellence and pride in
quality and production. This reality has been a long-standing
tradition in the Mitchell County area.