The future of U.S. Highway 30August 31, 2018
I have a front row seat to the current and potential development along the U.S. Highway 30 corridor in Boone County as the executive director of both the Chamber and local economic development corporation. In the most recent years, that development has been energized and is re-shaping traffic flows onto and off the highway. What will these affects mean to the growth of what has become one of Iowa’s most important trunk highways?
Some locals still refer to U.S. 30 as ‘new’ Highway 30, even though the route officially became an expressway in 1964. Within five years of becoming four lanes the first businesses began to locate south of downtown Boone. A hotel, furniture store, car dealership and the Iowa High School Athletic Association among the first to see the potential. The next 30 years saw additional growth, but things really began to change by 2000 as the Boone Business Park officially brought the south side of the highway into play with three industry locates in two years. Almost annually since then a business or two has landed along the frontage. Last year several more projects landed on or near the highway’s periphery and the level of inquiry to find a home for new businesses in this area has continued.
By: Kurt R. Phillips Boone County Chamber of Commerce