Economic Development


The City of Elkader has been dedicated to the development of a vibrant community that is grounded in strong economic development, historic preservation, and enhanced quality of living for all generations.

Our historic river town is rich in artistic flair and offers tranquil views of the historic Keystone Bridge and recreation opportunities on the Turkey River. Elkader has eleven sites on the National Register of Historic Places and is proud to be recognized as a Cultural Entertainment District and Main Street America accredited community.

Elkader is the hub of a large trade area which includes one of the most prosperous and diversified farming sectors in the midwest. State sales tax reports rate Elkader favorable for per capita business volume.

Elkader is located with three state highways offering entrances into the city. These highways include Hwy 13, 56, and 128. Commercial airports as well as railway access are nearby.

Each home and business within Elkader has access to a 100% fiber optic Fusion Network through Alpine Communications that provides bandwidth speeds of up to 1 GB/second, which is perfect for telework and business development.

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Revolving Loan Fund

Are you a current business owner looking to expand? Are you a new business owner looking to open your business in Elkader? Apply for our Revolving Loan Fund and let us help you begin or expand your business.

Contact Economic Development & Main Street Elkader

Email Us
Phone: 563-245-2770
Fax: 563-245-1033
207 N. Main Street
PO Box 125
Elkader, IA 52043

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