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 Regional Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee

SIMPCO Regional Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee SIMPCO Members & Guests: Please join us for the Regional Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee Thursday, May 3, 2018 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. SIMPCO 1122 Pierce Street Sioux City, IA 51105 Please RSVP to Emily@simpco.org or call 712-279-6286 We will be discussing key legislative issues at the Federal […]

Bike-to-Work Day

Bicyclists are encouraged to leave their cars at home and participate in the Sioux City Metro Area’s Bike-to- Work Day on May 18th. Bike-to-Work Day is part of a national effort, endorsed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, to highlight the benefits of bicycling, and to prove to people that it is feasible to leave the car at […]


Save the date for two upcoming activities you won’t want to miss! SIMPCO Membership Workshop.  Friday, March 2, 2018.  10 am – 2 pm (lunch provided).  WITCC Campus Sioux City. FREE to all SIMPCO members.   Get the most of your SIMPCO membership! Join us to find out what SIMPCO can do for your community.   Agenda […]

Western Iowa Community Improvement Regional Housing Trust Fund | Award Announcement

The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors approved nearly $7.4 million in FY 2018 Local Housing Trust Fund Programs to Iowa’s 25 certified Local Housing Trust Funds.  The Western Iowa Community Improvement Regional Housing Trust Fund, administered by SIMPCO, was awarded $259,317. These funds will be used to continue home owner-occupied housing rehab projects in […]