Success Story: SIMPCO collaborated with the City of Mapleton, Jeffery L. Bruce Company, Iowa State University, Trees Forever, local volunteers and Iowa Economic Development Authority to complete the Westside storm water improvements through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

Photo credit: Eric Doll, Jeffery L. Bruce Company (Plant installation)

Project Background: 

  • In April 2011, the Mapleton community was directly struck by an F3 tornado, which damaged 50% of the town. The heaviest damage was in the Westside Neighborhood, leveling or damaging homes, trees and businesses. With this severe damage in the Westside and the shallow depth of the water table, severe flooding events started to happen.
  • The community formed the Mapleton Rebuild and Recover committee to help transform the community to start an exhaustive planning process to prioritize projects that were needed to rebuild the community.
  • In 2013 the community partnered with Jeffery L. Bruce Company, Iowa State University, Trees Forever, and Iowa DOT as part of the Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program. Through a series of workshops they developed a rebuilding plan. One of the key findings of this plan was that the majority of Mapleton’s surface runoff flows through the Westside neighborhood.

Project Purpose: 

The purpose of the project was to utilize CDBG funds, various other grant funding, local funds, and volunteer help to implement bio infiltration trenches and surface treatment best management practices in the Westside neighborhood.

Photo credit: Jake Heil (3 weeks after plant install)

Future Impact:

  • Creating new and improved living environment for Mapleton’s Westside neighborhood, as a progressive, vibrant and peaceful place to live.
  • Project will pave the way for additional rebuilding projects to occur, complete streets and integrated green infrastructure improvements, and to help mitigate storm water run-off.
  • Help infill housing on the Westside to help meet housing supply demands.

 

Photo credit: Jake Heil (3 weeks after plant install)

Success Story: SIMPCO collaborated with City and County officials to complete 2018 Comprehensive Plan for Ida Grove, Iowa

Plan Purpose:

  • The 2018 Ida Grove Comprehensive Plan was developed to provide a current inventory of community resources and a thoughtful statement of the community’s vision and goals for the future.  The plan incorporated public participation and includes analysis of the following planning topics:  Housing, Economic Development, Transportation, Community Facilities and Services, Land Use, and Natural Resources.  The plan can inform grant applications, leverage funding for community projects, provide legal justification for community decisions, and ensure that local policies are in step with planning best practices.

Recommendation:

  • To implement the Comprehensive Plan goals and action steps identified in the following topics:  Housing, Economic Development, Transportation, Community Facilities and Services, Land Use, and Natural Resources.

Future Impact:

  • Better understanding of community resources, vision and goals
  • Identified goals and action steps for community betterment projects
  • Facilitated collaborative efforts to enhance the community and quality of life in Ida Grove

Click here to view the 2018 Ida Grove Comprehensive Plan.

 

 


Success Story: SIMPCO collaborated with County and City officials to complete a Rural Economic Development Strategic Plan for Dakota County, Nebraska

Plan Purpose:

  • The Dakota County Rural Economic Development Strategic Plan was structured to provide economic development strategies that are tailored towards prosperity, promoting commerce and industry, supporting business retention, recruitment, expansion, enhancing workforce development, and exploring select commercial and industrial sites.

Recommendations:

  • To create an economic development group amongst City officials, County officials, and leading businesses in Dakota County.
  • Continue exploring potential commercial and industrial sites for future development.

Future Impact:

  • Stronger relationships and collaborative efforts amongst communities, businesses, and residents.
  • Identified commercial and industrial sites for development.
  • New businesses, a prospering economy, desirable working environment, and a unified County.

View the Dakota County Rural Economic Development Strategic Plan.


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