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SIMPCO Boards and Committees

Did you know that SIMPCO hosts over 18 committees and boards! From transportation, to housing, to economic development, to our legislative committee. SIMPCO is bringing together Siouxland communities, leaders and partners to work together! Want to get involved? Contact SIMPCO today!

Member Spotlight on Aurelia, Iowa

For the month of July, our member spotlight is Aurelia, Iowa located in Cherokee County. Home to 990 Iowans,  Aurelia’s amenities are plenty.  The community recently opened a new daycare center, built a new community center in 2008 and there is a new housing addition.  Citizens of Aurelia spend time enjoying the crushed rock walking path,  swimming […]

Staff Spotlight – Gabriel Appiah

We have an amazing group of staff members at SIMPCO and we want to make sure you all get to know them!  Say “Hello” to one of SIMPCO’s Regional Planners, Gabriel Appiah.  Q:  Who inspires you? A:  My wife, Nancy, inspires me to be a better person. Q:  What are you passionate about? A:  I […]

Congratulations Joe Surdam!

Congratulations to SIMPCO’s Regional Planner, Joe Surdam, on successfully completing the Nebraska Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Full Certification Training and passing the exam! Joe is now certified to administer CDBG Program projects to improve Nebraska.

Highway 20 Study Update

In May 2018, SIMPCO was awarded U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) funding to conduct the U.S. Highway 20 Corridor Economic Development Study.  The purpose of the study is to develop collaborative strategies to:  Enhance the region’s prosperity through the promotion of the U.S. Highway 20 corridor and marketing of the communities on a regional level. Promote […]

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 […]