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Opportunity Squared initiatives are projects that allow us to have the greatest impact in our area by collaborating and pooling our regional resources to promote growth and increase quality of life. 



Educators in the Workplace

This unique annual summer workshop, offered through a collaboration between local economic developers, Indian Hills Community College and Des Moines Area Community College, provide teachers, administrators and counselors with workplace tours and tools that allow them to get back in the classroom and reach K-12 students with hands-on experience of the people and places offering work that’s close to home, ready to hire, and with livable wages.

Participants will experience presentations at area businesses and industries, focusing on the future content of technology and the needs of the changing workforce.

Target Audience: K-12 teachers, counselors and administrators are encouraged to attend.


  • Annual events in June.
  • Lunch & materials are included.
  • IHCC courses – register at www.gpaea.org under PD course catalog.
  • DMACC course – register at https://tinyurl.com/3zhy5nfm
  • Closed-toe shoes and casual business attire required

View or Download 2021 Event Fliers (PDF)

2021 DMACC Flyer
2021 IHCC Flyer



Laborshed Workforce Report

Opportunity Squared works with Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Workforce Development to produce a new laborshed about every 2 years. Of greatest importance is the recording of employment data such as wages, post high school educational attainment, and commuting patterns.

It’s also good to know what industry sectors employ the eligible workforce (ages 18-64), including manufacturing, healthcare, retail, construction, hospitality, and so on. Customized wage reports are available upon request.

View or Download the 2020 Regional Laborshed Area Executive Summary (PDF)

Executive Summary (PDF)

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Target Industry Reports for Opportunity Squared Region (PDFs)


#IowaSouth is a cooperative collection of communities dedicated to growing the regional economy by helping you find space to breathe, connect to a place that appreciates you, allows you more personal time, and lets you find your voice.

Every city in the 9-county area has a little rural charm blended with a little downtown bustle. Communities are rich in character and culture. This is not your grandparent’s rural. Sure, there’s still 4H, but there’s so much more!

Discover a way of life that matches your needs and interests- good jobs and competitive wages in fields like engineering, technology and health care, broadband connectivity, green space and miles of trails, really low commute times, outdoor recreation and leisure interests, open-mindedness and family friendly year-round activities.

The bottom line is this- #IowaSouth has a diverse $12.5 billion economy in sectors such as agriculture, automotive, education, health care, technology, manufacturing, transportation & logistics, and retail. And with a lower cost of living, you can live BIG in a smaller neighborhood. Oh, and barista’s and bartenders know your name here too.