Home Base Iowa

Background on State Initiative       


Home Base Iowa is a one-of-a-kind program assisting veterans and transitioning service members. Currently, Iowa's unemployment rate is under four percent and businesses need skilled workers. This program helps connect these businesses with qualified veterans looking for career opportunities. Countless resources help veterans and their families with education and in transitioning to

a new community with focused support and individuals who want to help. Home Base Iowa’s private-public partnership provides a high level of commitment and resources for our veterans, transitioning service members and their families.

Vision: Iowa is the “State of Choice” for veterans and transitioning service members for employment, education and/or continued service; and service members are valued in communities which are welcoming, affordable, safe and family-friendly.

Mission: Provide veterans and transitioning service members and their families with opportunities and benefits for a successful transition in Iowa — a place to call home.

The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs provides support for veterans.  Follow this link for a list of veterans benefits available statewide

Urbandale's Efforts                       

In addition to Iowa's efforts to be recognized as the State of Choice for veterans and transitioning service members, Urbandale strives to become a community of choice for veterans.  

On Friday, May 6, 2016, the City of Urbandale was formally recognized by Governor Branstad as a Home Base Iowa Community!  

Home Base Iowa Ceremony May 2016 (24)

Urbandale Home Base Iowa Steering Committee and Elected Officials with Governor Branstad.

The entire Urbandale community welcomes veterans leaving active military service.  Follow this link to more information about City assistance for veterans moving to Urbandale on or after March 1, 2016.

Urbandale Home Base Iowa Businesses
If you're an Urbandale business owner or employee and are interested in supporting this important initiative, please consider becoming a Home Base Iowa Business.

What does this mean?

Home Base Iowa businesses:
-Pledge to hire a specific number of Veterans by December 31, 2018.  
-Commit to posting their jobs on the State's website.  

Follow this link for a list of Urbandale's Home Base Iowa businesses.

If you're interested in becoming an Urbandale Home Base Iowa business, please complete this online form.

Have questions?

If you'd like more information, please contact:

Tiffany Menke, President of the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce   TMenke@urbandalechamber.com or 515-331-6855 

Curtis Brown, Director of Economic Development, City of Urbandale
cbrown@urbandale.org or 515-278-3900