Discover Business Opportunity
in Elkader, Iowa

Tucked in the beautiful Turkey River Valley amid the rolling hills of northeastern Iowa is a small community called Elkader. This is a place where children walk to school with no worry, neighbors know neighbors, and “going fishin'" is an acceptable reason to skip church.

Serving as the county seat for a rural, agriculture county, Elkader survived the tough times of the 80’s, rebounded in the 90’s and continues to build in the 21st century. As you walk down the quaint main street you will notice every storefront is full. For a community of 1,500 this is no small feat. This success can be attributed to an active Main Street program that was the recipient of the 2001 Great American Main Street Award. Most recently, Elkader earned the distinction as the smallest community in the country to have a designated Cultural and Entertainment District.

Johnson Industrial & Business Park
Part of the economic rebound in the 90’s was the creation of an industrial and business park. A joint effort between a visionary private businessman and the City, the park contains 81 acres with full infrastructure prime for development. Fiber optic connection is available.

Elkader Housing Incentives Program
The Housing Incentives Program offers discounts and free services to qualifing individuals who are interested in building a new home, purchasing a home or remodeling a home in Elkader. See the links below for more information and application forms.
Incentives for Building a New Home
Incentives for Purchasing a Home
Incentives for Remodeling a Home


We invite you to visit Elkader and learn more about this business opportunity. We guarantee once you visit Elkader, you will love it. You will find that Elkader is more than a place to simply locate your business.  Elkader will become a much loved home for you and your employees.

For more information:
Contact Elkader Development Corporation (563)245-2770, 207 N. Main St.
Website sponsors: Alliant Energy and Black Hills Energy
2007 Elkader Opportunities • C-Siteworks
Photography-B. Griffith, M. Voss, C. Wright