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Cherokee South Industrial Park, Cherokee

Cherokee South Industrial Park

Cherokee South Industrial Park, Cherokee, Iowa

The Cherokee South Industrial Site is located on the south edge of Cherokee, which is centrally located in the northwest quadrant of the state of Iowa. It consists of 99.4 acres of certified development ready property. In addition, a main line for the Canadian National Railroad is located on the east edge of the site and a rail spur can be extended into the site. As a result, this site was certified as a rail served site. The site is zoned Heavy Industrial and a zoning change will not be required.

Located 18 miles to the south, U.S. Highway 20 was completed in November 2018 making it a 4-lane highway across Iowa from Sioux City to Dubuque. All major utilities are located adjacent to the site and have sufficient capacity to serve industries ranging from advanced manufacturing to warehousing and transportation to value-added agriculture and food processing. Cherokee’s economy is growing and becoming more diverse. Cherokee looks forward to working with any businesses exploring the exciting local opportunities available! 


Bill Anderson

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For any business, a qualified workforce is essential. The Cherokee County Labor Market is estimated to be approximately 63,500 workers with Manufacturing being the largest private industry sector with 9,750 workers. The workforce is well educated. The county’s high school graduation rate is 96.5 percent and 78.8 percent pursue additional technical or college education. Western Iowa Tech Community College operates a satellite campus in Cherokee which offers degree, certificate and diploma programs to prepare students for a wide range of careers. Five major colleges and universities are located within a one-hour drive.

Cherokee offers a wide variety of both critical services and recreational opportunities. Cherokee Regional Medical Center is a level IV trauma care facility and 25-bed critical access hospital; it also offers 18 outreach clinics and a first-class obstetrics department. In addition, CRMC operates a 30,000 square foot fitness center.

Recreational opportunities are abundant and varied. Cherokee’s downtown area has been designated as a Cultural District by the State of Iowa and also has numerous buildings on the National Historic Register. It presents enjoyable shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities. The Sanford Museum and Planetarium offers educational opportunities for the entire family. Opportunities to enjoy and participate in the performing arts are also abundant. Cherokee County has an expansive system of parks and trails. People are able to enjoy outdoor sports and activities during every season. 

Cherokee is a great place to live, work, play and do business.

Cherokee Area Economic Development