Bridging Nebraska’s Digital Divide

SIMPCO along with Nebraska’s other Economic Development Districts (EDD) is holding a statewide event to collectively seek solutions for improved broadband service. This event will provide the opportunity for citizens, elected officials, businesses, and other representatives to come together to learn from experts and join in regional community conversations. Broadband is critical to the future […]

SIMPCO Tri-State Legislative Forum

SIMPCO held the Tri-State Legislative forum on December 3rd at WITCC in Sioux City.  Presenters provided information on three key project areas directly relating to SIMPCO’s 2022 Legislative priorities. Infrastructure Improvements Diverse, Affordable, and Market-Rate Housing Quality of Life Economic & Workforce Development Kimberly Zarecor, Professor – Architecture Department at ISU presented on the Rural […]

Iowa Finance Authority Awards WICIRHTF $304,317

The Western Iowa Community Improvement Regional Housing Trust Fund (administered by SIMPCO) was awarded $233,810 from the Iowa Finance Authority for FY 2021! This funding, along with a local match from cities and counties, will assist low to moderate-income residents maintain their homes in safe, decent and livable conditions. Read the IFA news release here: […]

FY 22 Housing Trust Fund Grant Award

Congratulations to the Village of Hubbard on receiving $315,000 in CDBG funding for Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED). This funding will help their community tackle housing projects that will enhance local well-being and quality of life for its residents! SIMPCO assisted the city in writing the award-winning application. Read more […]

SIMPCO Tri-State Legislative Forum

SIMPCO Tri-State Legislative Forum State Legislators from Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota, along with SIMPCO members, partners and stakeholders are invited to learn more about the SIMPCO organization, including our future plans/projects and legislative priorities. Friday, December 3, 2021 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. WITCC or Zoom 4647 Stone Ave Dr. Robert E. Dunker Student […]

Dakota City Pine Street Study 2021

SIMPCO would like to invite the MPO Board to JEO’s presentation on the recently completed Pine Street Traffic Study in Dakota City, NE. This study is one of the selected MPO special projects that is being completed with carryover MPO funds. This traffic study evaluates the impacts associated with the proposed Pine Street enhancement and […]

Nebraska Statewide Speed Mapping Initiative

Dakota County residents! Help spread the word! SIMPCO is excited to take part in a Nebraska statewide broadband speed mapping initiative. Taking this test will help identify the areas lacking high-speed internet. The information will support future broadband expansion grants and projects across the state of Nebraska. Click the link below to see how fast […]

Riverfront Trail Project Complete!

Congrats to the city of Sioux City on the completion of the I-29 Riverfront trail project! The SIMPCO Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) assisted the city to secure funding for this project through the Transportation Improvement Program process.

RFP – Siouxland Community Development Financing Gap Study

The Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) and the Siouxland Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) invite the submission of proposals from experienced and qualified consultants to complete a Community Financing Gap Study. COVID-19 has resulted in widespread unemployment and business closures, and no population groups have been impacted economically more severely than the traditionally underserved populations […]