City Hall and all other City facilities are closed to the public as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. The closures will be effective after 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19, and will continue through May 15, 2020. City staff will continue to report to their offices and serve the public. Residents are encouraged to conduct City business online or by contacting individual City departments directly. Residents who are unsure how to conduct their City business may contact the City’s customer service hotline from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 515.239.5670.


Economic Development

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Ames is the Smart Choice

City of Ames the Smart ChoiceAmes, Iowa, provides the ideal location for businesses to grow and prosper. Home to nearly 60,000 people, Ames is located in central Iowa with convenient access to Interstate 35 and U.S. 30. The city is truly in the heart of everything. A perfect balance of small-town life with big-city amenities, Ames offers an educated workforce, award-winning utilities, nationally recognized schools, the very best in health care and a wonderful community to put down roots and grow.

City Council Goals

  • Promote economic development
    • Review and update the economic development policy
    • Pursue the industrial park opportunity
    • Examine the LUPP for relevancy and effectiveness
    • Develop a brand communication plan
    • Identify characteristics of the type of community that supports ISU’s technology transfer efforts
  • Promote a sense of one community
  • Strengthen downtown and campustown
  • Expand sustainability efforts
  • Address housing needs
  • Strengthen human services