Ames is a city located in Story County, Iowa. As of the 2000 Census, the city had a total population of 50,731. The city was named after 19th century U.S. congressman Oakes Ames of Massachusetts, who was influential in the building of the transcontinental railroad. Ames was founded near a location that was deemed favorable for a railroad crossing of the Skunk River. It is located roughly 30 miles north of the state capital Des Moines, between the Skunk River and Squaw Creek.
Ames is the site of Iowa State University, the state's land grant university, as well as the main offices of the state Department of Transportation. Not surprisingly, state institutions are the largest employers in Ames.
Other area employers include a 3M (http://www.3m.com) manufacturing plant; Sauer-Danfoss, a hydraulics manufacturer; Barilla, a pasta manufacturer; Pella (http://www.pella.com), a window manufacturer; and Ball, a manufacturer of canning jars and plastic bottles. Other governmental agencies with a significant presence include the United States Department of Agriculture's National Animal Disease Center.
Web Sites and Links
Ames Convention and Visitors BureauVisitors guide to meeting facilities, dining, lodging, and local recreational activities and sporting events.
Ames Electronic VillageResource center for the city includes classifieds, shopping, coupons, email, movie listings, calendar of events, entertainment guide, and travel information.
Ames IowaOfficial city guide to local government, relocation, community events, businesses, and educational facilities.