Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities
SIMPCO is currently working with the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC). IISC is a campus wide effort at the University of Iowa to enhance the capacity of Iowa's communities to be more sustainable. SIMPCO with the City of Sioux City was one of three communities in Iowa selected to work with IISC for the 2014 - 2015 academic year. Throughout the year, students worked on several projects all relating to sustainability including an Active Transportation Plan, the Leeds/Floyd Blvd Project, a Neighborhood Housing Study, a Social Justice Study, a Literacy Study and several engineering projects. A list the final reports can be found here: http://iisc.uiowa.edu/partner/sioux-city
SIMPCO will continue this partnership with the IISC and the University of Iowa during the 2015 - 2016 academic year. Additional project partners for the 2015 - 2016 academic year will include City of Sioux City, Woodbury County Rural Economic Development, Siouxland District Health Department, and Downtown Partners.
Partnership to Improve Community Health (PICH) Grant
The Partnership to Improve Community Health (PICH) Grant is a grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that was awarded to Siouxland District Health Department in the fall of 2014. They have partnered with SIMPCO to work on developing Safe Routes to School programs and Complete Streets policies, as well as analyze food access and distribution in Woodbury County. The grant is scheduled for three fiscal years, and end in September of 2017.
MidAmerica GIS Consortium (MAGIC) Grant
The MidAmerica GIS Consortium (MAGIC) Grant is a grant from the MidAmerica GIS Consortium that was awarded to SIMPCO and SRTS in early 2015. The purpose of this project is to analyze the travel patterns of SRTS’s customers, and identify demand for services in communities that have residents going out of town for that particular service. This project will also work to identify means for route efficiency improvement and determine the flow between cities, counties, and states, in the MPO planning area.