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Forest City Economic Development
145 S. Clark Street
PO Box 306
Forest City, IA 50436
Office: (641) 585-5560

Forest City is strategically positioned halfway between Minneapolis and Des Moines. Our location advantages are part of the reason we are home to 3M’s major distribution center. Our prime location offers unparalleled advantages for businesses looking to thrive in the heart of the Midwest.

Conveniently situated near major highways including I-35, I-90, and I-80, Forest City provides seamless connectivity to regional and national transportation networks. Whether you’re shipping goods or welcoming clients, easy access to these arterial routes ensures efficient movement in every direction.

For businesses with air travel needs, our local public-use airport, just 2 miles south of the city limits, stands ready to serve. Boasting two runways – one measuring 5806′ x 100′ and the other 2708′ x 60′ – this airport accommodates a range of aircraft sizes and operational requirements. Additionally, the Mason City Airport, a mere 25 miles away, offers direct flights to major hubs such as O’Hare International Airport, enhancing accessibility to global markets.

Railroad access further enhances Forest City’s transportation infrastructure, facilitating efficient movement of goods and materials for businesses across various industries. Forest City is a community that invests in itself and actually owns their own rail line, North Central Iowa Rail Corridor, operated by Iowa Northern. INR connects with Canadian National and Union Pacific plus other class I and II rail roads. With these comprehensive transportation options at your fingertips, Forest City provides the logistical advantage your business needs to thrive in today’s competitive marketplace.