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Council Bluffs once enjoyed the label "gateway to the American West" and was a stop for more than 30,000 Mormons as they traveled across the country to the Great Salt Lake Valley. Many Mormons opted to stay in the area, and they founded more than 80 communities. Those communities flourished when the gold rush began and miners flooded through the area. Today, Council Bluffs is experiencing an explosion of new growth in all aspects of its economy. Since 1998, more than 4,000 housing units have been built in the city limits of Council Bluffs. Well over half of those were single-family dwellings. The business and industrial populations are experiencing similar growth.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

With a major airport and two interstates, Council Bluffs is well situated for continued economic growth. The Greater Council Bluffs Regional Economic Development Partnership is a committee focused on retaining current business and industry while luring more economic development to the area. This commitment to growth has spawned a boom in transportation centers, medical facilities, retail businesses and financial services in Council Bluffs.

Council Bluffs enjoys a diverse employment base that includes manufacturing, agriculture, insurance and the telecommunications industries. The largest employers in Council Bluffs are the casinos: Harrah's, Ameristar Casino and Hotel and Bluffs Run Casino. Because of the change in gaming laws, Council Bluffs became the 19th largest casino market in the United States by the mid 2000s, with the casinos bringing in more than $400 million in revenue. Council Bluffs is also host to a number of other large businesses:

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The committment to education in Council Bluffs is evident in the number and scope of learning institutions it features, including:

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