The 2023 Waukee Economic Development Bus Tour is a free-to-attend event that draws members, Waukee leaders, and the Waukee area community together to see current development projects and learn about exciting upcoming projects. City of Waukee staff leads a guided tour, with a social hour following for networking. This event offers opportunities to promote your organization in our economic development program, inside The Palms Theatres & IMAX – our home base to start and end the event – or on the buses.

View the 2023 Economic Development Bus Tour Map Here.


The Palms Theatres & IMAX

The Palms Theatres & IMAX is a locally owned and operated cinematic gem that opened its doors in January 2019. With a dedicated team of around 100 people, we’re committed to providing top-notch movie experiences. Our corporate office is based in Des Moines, reflecting our deep connection to the community.

Step into our state-of-the-art theaters and immerse yourself in the latest blockbusters, timeless classics, and breathtaking IMAX adventures. Our IMAX is one of the few in the Midwest, offering an unparalleled visual and auditory experience that will leave you in awe. 

We’re not just a movie theater; we’re a part of your neighborhood. Whether it’s a night out with friends, a family-friendly outing, or a memorable date night, The Palms Theatres & IMAX is your go-to destination for cinematic magic.

Join us for unbeatable visuals, incredible sound, and a variety of delicious food and drinks. At The Palms Theatres & IMAX, we’re all about creating cherished memories on the big screen. Become a part of our cinematic family today!


Waukee Towne Center

A destination for the whole family – Waukee Towne Center is a 62 acre uniquely planned center including trending shops, food, drink, entertainment and an atmosphere that creates a great experience for all.


  • Top quality restaurants on  lake featuring fountain and surrounding bike path connecting to the regional trail system
  • Winter ice skating rink / summer game area, playground, active water features and amphitheater
  • Highest traffic count intersection of Hickman and Alice’s Rd with over 35,000 vehicles per day projected by City of Waukee on new 6 lane Alice’s Rd in front of Waukee Towne Center and existing 25,000+ on Hickman currently.
  • Conveniently located on traffic pattern of metro commuters with new I-80 interchange on Alice’s Rd / Grand Prairie Parkway
  • Average Income 10 minute drive time of $126,000
  • Target anchor retailer construction beginning spring 2023.

View site plans here.


The Iowa Clinic

We are excited to expand and bring our coordinated care model to a larger location in Waukee — serving the needs of growing families living in and around Dallas County. Conveniently located near Interstate 80, we know this expansion will improve the lives of area residents and neighboring suburbs with quality medical providers across our 40+ specialties. The Iowa Clinic will open its Waukee Campus in February 2024 and will be the home to Iowa’s first stand-alone Ambulatory Cath Lab, along with a bone and joint surgery center, primary care, urgent care, physical therapy, radiology in addition to several other specialties, in the heart of Waukee. In our newly expanded Alice’s Road Clinic, we will welcome Dr. Adam Miller, dermatologist, providing Mohs surgery, to treat skin cancer in October, expanding our treatment options for our patients.  We are a proud partner in healthcare for Waukee!


UnityPoint Health

UnityPoint Health® is growing and is preparing to open a new multi-specialty clinic in Waukee, set to open Spring 2024. The new UnityPoint Health – Waukee Medical Park will be a 75,000-square-foot multi-specialty clinic on the southeast corner of Grand Prairie Parkway and Southeast Tallgrass Lane in Waukee. The Waukee Medical Park will provide a variety of medical services in one convenient location, including family medicine and internal medicine. In addition, specialty services including cardiology, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery and dermatology will be offered to bring all-encompassing care to Waukee and surrounding communities. Lab and imaging services will be available in this location to make health care services more convenient for patients and families. We look forward to meeting health care needs in all ages and stages of life.

We are now looking for incredible individuals to join our team and are hiring positions. Team members will be trained on-site with current clinical teams in the West Des Moines area before moving over to Waukee. Available positions and additional information can be found here.


The Estates of Waukee

The Estates of Waukee brings a uniquely different vibe to those 55+ looking to simplify their housing options. It’s home ownership without the hassles.

This new community will include 29 individual patio homes and a clubhouse with amenities including a year-round pickleball court, outdoor pool & lounge, fitness center and Great Room for neighbors to gather for everything from coffees to cook-outs.

Members own a share in this cooperative community and control the development. Best of all, the cooperative maintains the outside AND inside of the homes, allowing its members to be able to spend their time enjoying life and their retirement years. The community is currently under construction and people are selecting their floor plans, lot locations and personalizing their next homes now!


Vibrant Music Hall/Keetown Loop

Vibrant Music Hall is a state-of-the-art concert venue, set to open this fall. Vibrant Music Hall will be the only live entertainment venue of its size in the region and will elevate the local music scene by attracting new artists to the Greater Des Moines area. The venue will host a wide range of live events including concerts, comedy and private events. With diverse programming, the Vibrant Music Hall will offer something for every fan while providing a dynamic gathering space for residents and visitors alike.

Vibrant Music Hall sits at the heart of Iowa’s premier entertainment district, the KeeTown Loop. Developed to meet the needs of this fast-growing community, the KeeTown Loop will be home to many restaurants, shops and nightlife options as well as two hotels.


Fleet Farm

Fleet Farm has served hardworking Midwestern families since 1955 with a broad selection of dependable products to fit most every need.  We are a full-service supplier for life, work, home, farm and outdoor recreation. We combine an unparalleled array of high-quality, value-priced products, convenient services and a friendly, knowledgeable staff, all under one roof. Customers often tell us, “If Fleet Farm doesn’t have it, I don’t need it.”

Fleet Farm offers a full assortment of national brands and Fleet Farm exclusive brands across a number of product categories, including outdoors, sporting goods, farming, pet care, hardware, toys, home goods, apparel and accessories for the entire family, as well as pantry items and snacks. We have an unwavering commitment to offering superior products and great service, all at exceptional value.


Waukee Crossing

Waukee Crossing is a 100+ acre development including commercial and multi family development located along high traffic Hickman Rd in front of the new construction $117 million high school and sports complex.


  • Intersection of Hickman and 2nd street with over 16,000 vehicles per day traffic count
  • Apple beginning construction in 2022 on new 2,000 acre development just west on Hickman / Highway 6.
  • Great convenience for fast growing residential area north and existing Waukee rooftops south of Hickman.


Grace Estates Adult Day Center

In 2018, our family was changing. Dave’s mom was beginning to show signs of memory loss. She was then diagnosed with dementia. Having lived in her home for 40+ years, she wanted to continue living there. We are raising our own family and were unable to be her primary caregivers. It became a heavy burden on Dave’s father to be Dave’s mother’s primary caretaker long term. We were running out of ways, as a family, to care for her needs fully. We prayed and searched for the right options; we discovered Adult Day Care. We loved the idea of Dave’s mom having a safe place to socialize, have stimulating activities, exercise, and enjoy meals with friends.

We were so impressed by the Adult Day Care in Minnesota that we started an Adult Day Care of our own near Minneapolis. Dave’s mom has been attending our center for over a year now, Adult Day Care has done wonders for our family. Dave’s mom became less agitated, increased her mobility, gained healthy weight, socializes with her friends at Adult Day Care. Dave’s dad is happier and is getting better rest, knowing that she is safe, which gives him more energy to care for her when she is home. Adult Day Care gave Dave’s mom a purpose while providing reprieve for Dave’s dad. He has piece of mind, knowing she is safe. He has more time to get the rest he needs, and enjoys more of the activities he loved before caregiving became a full-time responsibility for him. The rest and balance provided by Adult Day Care to Dave’s parents resulted in and both of his parents being healthier, happier, and less stressed.

We opened Grace Estates Adult Day Center in June of 2023, expanding our mission to help families in the Des Moines metro area. If you are looking for help and trying to prevent having to move a loved one into a facility, we can assist you. If you are caring for a loved one who wants to continue living at home, we can help. When you need a reprieve from the demands of caregiving, come and talk with us. We are conveniently located at 801 NE Venture Dr., Waukee, right next to Hy-Vee. Our number is 515-412-0885.

We would be honored to help your family balance providing quality care and alleviating caregiving-related stress.