- S implicity, & innovation through new technology
- I ntegrity and dependability
- M embers’ needs first, yet accessibility to all
- P artnerships, teamwork, & action oriented problem solving
- C itizen involvement in planning and program implementation
- O n target, on time, and on budget
Membership Dues - Communities that join SIMPCO pay membership dues based on a per capita charge. Membership dues are used to match funds for Federal and State programs such as Economic Development and Transportation. They provide funds to maintain the office, perform research, collect Census data and disseminate information, and train staff for service to the members.
Administration Fees - SIMPCO administers a number of Federal and State programs on behalf of member communities and agencies. These programs help member communities develop plans and implement strategies that will most effectively meet their needs.
Grant Writing Services - SIMPCO’s professional staff provides assistance with grant applications for a variety of federal, state and foundation-funded programs that benefit communities and enhance the quality of life of their citizens. Fees for some grants may be negotiated.
Direct Planner Services - SIMPCO’s Community Development (CD) staff are available to any member community for direct planning services- grant-writing, project administration, special project development and coordination, etc. - on-site within the community. Cities and Counties can request a professional staff person for a set number of hours or days a week at a predetermined fee.
The Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO), the third oldest multistate Council of Governments in the nation, was organized as a voluntary association of local governments in 1965. On March 11, 1965, the first meeting was held at the Holiday Inn in Sioux City, Iowa.
The organization was suggested by Cornelius Bodine, Jr. (Sioux City, City Manager) and local elected leaders. The organizational meeting was held on April 15, 1965, in the Sioux City council chambers.
Members at the meeting included:
- South Sioux City (Mayor Ernest L. Albertsen)
- Sioux City (Mayor James E. Reeder)
- Sergeant Bluff (Mayor Lloyd H. Fymbo)
- Dakota City (Mayor Charles E. Strong
- North Sioux City (Mayor Albert Streeter)
- Dakota County (Commissioner Robert Blessing
- Sioux City Planning Commission (James Lepse)
- South Sioux City Planning Commission
(Commissioner Marvin Harris)
- Woodbury County, Union County, Sergeant Bluff
Planning Commission, and North Sioux City
Planning Commission were also original members.
Goals at that time included planning a second bridge on the Missouri River and developing an urban transportation plan to comply with the Federal Highway Act of 1962. Since that time SIMPCO, guided by a Board of Directors comprised of city and county-elected officials, has served as a forum for the discussion of urban and rural area problems and opportunities.
SIMPCO serves over 75 local governments, special districts, school districts and non-profit organizations in the Tri-State area.
- To be a catalyst for regional cooperation, uniting local governments of the Tri-State Siouxland Region into an effective Council of Governments
- To promote the best possible planning practices and advocate partnerships throughout the region
- To partner with local governments in long-range planning, community development activities, and professional regional program management, which foster intelligent growth, economic development, and safe, accessible transportation
- To be a valuable partner with local officials in their efforts to address issues, and solve problems within the community
- To be an effective uniting force among local governments in addressing issues on a regional basis
- To be the model standard of excellence for regional planning organizations and councils of governments.
- Address four issues of regional concern that have a potential of being resolved effectively by cooperative efforts among local governments, agencies, non-profits, business & industry in the region
- Take positions on important issues affecting the region; adopt clear and concise position papers, keep them current and before area legislators and legislative committees
- Work with SRTS toward expanding “special needs” transit services to areas now unserved.
- Find outside funding for the Small Community Partnership Program and begin using the program to prepare communities and counties to take full advantage of new rural development programs established in the newly adopted Ag Bill
- Produce the SIMPCO Annual report by the end of the first quarter
- Comprehensive & Strategic Planning
- Grant Writing & Administration
- Housing Needs Assessments
- Housing Development
- Rental/Mortgage Assistance Program
- Special Project Coordination
- Natural Resources Planning
- Hazard Mitigation & Control
- Water Issues Research
- Regional Solid Waste Planning
- Intergovernmental Reviews
- Land Use & Zoning Regulations
- Codification Services
- Safety Assessment & Training
- Budgeting Assistance
Economic Development (SEDC) provides communities with project development and technical assistance. The Siouxland Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), a tri-state nonprofit organization, was formed to “further the economic development of Siouxland.” Programs and services are used to assist small and medium sized businesses to start up or expand.
Transportation Planning Division involves the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Regional Planning Affiliation (RPA) providing service in the following:
- Long-Range Transportation Plans
- Transportation Improvement Programs
- Travel Demand Forecasting
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Intelligent Transportation Systems
Siouxland Regional Transit System (SRTS) provides transportation for:
- Elderly & Disabled Individuals
- Students & Pre-school
- General Low-to-Moderate Income Public
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- SIMPCO Annual Report FY 2002-2003, July 1, 2002 - June 30, 2003 (1,184 KB);
- SIMPCO Annual Report FY 2001-2002, July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2002 (1,151 KB);
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- SIMPCO Bylaws, Revised, January 8, 2003; (214 KB)