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Welcome to Story County!
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Story County is proud to be a Home Base Iowa Community!

Thank you for your service, and we welcome you and your family members home to Story County, Iowa!  

Story County Relocation Assistance Program
As part of the Home Base Iowa initiative, Story County has established the Welcome Home to Story County Relocation Assistance Program which allows up to $2,500 in relocation assistance. The following items are eligible uses of the fund.
  • Moving expenses
  • Purchase of appliances 
  • Utility deposits 
  • Down-payment assistance
  • Rent for temporary housing while waiting for permanent housing.

Each Veteran is eligible for a one-time maximum grant of $2,500 to assist with relocation purposes. These funds are paid on a reimbursable basis, and documentation of all eligible expenses must be submitted when applying for funds.

  • Eligible applicants must meet all the following criteria:
  • Be relocating to Story County and establish Story County as the primary residence;
  • Real estate being purchased must be located within Story County (excluding within the city boundaries of the City of Ames); 
  • Be employed in a full-time position within Story County (qualifying jobs must meet middle or higher skill job level);
  • Be an employee of a Story County Home Base Iowa Business; 
  • Apply to the Welcome Home to Story County Relocation Assistance Program within 24 months of military discharge; and 
  • Real estate to be purchased is financed through a Story County bank. 

The Welcome Home to Story County Relocation Assistance Program is available to Honorably Discharged Veterans. Please note that the Welcome Home to Story County Relocation Assistance Program is limited to 10 grants per year, or $25,000.

Please contact the County Outreach and Special Projects Manager at 515-382-7247 or via email at for more information and to request application forms.

Home Base Iowa Businesses
Are you interested in becoming a Home Base Iowa business?  
Please fill out the Home Base Iowa Business form and send it to Dan Culhane with the Ames Economic Development Commission at .