News & Events

U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Grant Award

SIMPCO was awarded a $70,000 planning grant from the U.S. EDA, that will be used for planning and research throughout the region. The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) planning investment supports the development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) for Woodbury, Plymouth, Cherokee, Ida and Monona counties in Iowa and Dakota County, […]

SIMPCO Staff Spotlight: Dawn Kimmel, Regional Planner

SIMPCO Staff Spotlight on Dawn Kimmel, Regional Planner! We have an amazing group of staff members at SIMPCO and we want to make sure you all get to know them! June’s staff spotlight is on Dawn Kimmel, Regional Planner . Here are some interesting things about Dawn that you should know! Q: Who inspires you? […]

Success Story : Dakota County Rural Economic Development Strategic 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. […]

Membership Spotlight on Akron, Iowa

Each month SIMPCO will be highlighting one of our member communities! For the month of June, our member spotlight is Akron, Iowa located in Plymouth County.  We asked Mayor, Sharon Frerichs and City Staff to tell us a little bit about Akron. Q:  If you were asked to give a tour of your community to your favorite Congressmen/Senator […]

Marcus TIF Owner-Occupied Home Repair Program

The City of Marcus is utilizing TIF funding for an Owner-Occupied Home Repair Program for low to moderate income homeowners in city limits. The program will provide up to $12,050 per project in grant funds to assist homeowners with needed repairs.  Homeowners must meet gross annual income guidelines, the property must be located within Marcus […]

2018 Bike-to-Work Day Wrap-Up

A recap of the great Bike-to-Work Day event held on May 18th! We can’t wait to do it again next year! Congrats to the winners of the Bike-to-Work prize drawings Jeff Johnson – Albrechts Gift Certificate; Dave Bak – Downtown Partners Gift Certificate; Janet Fuller – Siouxland Cyclists Membership; Beth Clark – Downtown Partners Gift […]

SIMPCO Staff Spotlight – Amanda Harper

SIMPCO Staff Spotlight on Amanda Harper, Housing Specialist! We have amazing group of staff members at SIMPCO and we want to make sure you all get to know them! This month’s staff spotlight is on Amanda Harper, Housing Specialist. Here are nine things about Amanda that you should know! Q: Who inspires you? A: I […]

Bike Friendly Employer Award Winner

SIMPCO’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Roundtable is proud to announce the Bike Friendly Employer Award to Western Iowa Tech Community College. The Bike Friendly Employer Award recognizes businesses and organizations for their efforts to support their bicycling employees, customers, and the bicycling community because doing so is great for business. This is the third year of the award. […]

U.S. Highway Economic Development Study

The Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) announces the Notice of Investment Award from the United States Economic Development Administration (U.S. EDA).   This EDA investment provides funding for a Highway 20 Economic Development Study. The Study will assess the feasibility of economic development opportunities for job creation and investments in Northwest Iowa and Northeast Nebraska. […]

SIMPCO Annual Meeting

SIMPCO Members & Guests: Please join us for the SIMPCO’s Annual Meeting which will be held a the Sergeant Bluff Community Center, 903 Topaz Drive, Sergeant Bluff, IA  on Thursday, May 10, 2018. 5:30 PM Board of Directors 6:00 PM There will be a special announcement regarding an upcoming SIMPCO study 6:15 PM Catered Dinner […]