The Economic Development (ED) Division of SIMPCO provides a variety of services for member communities including assisting local downtown improvement groups with efforts to revitalize main street and central business districts, providing technical assistance to local communities and counties with needs assessments and resource identification for economic development planning, collaborating with multiple economic development and business groups, and providing information to promote sustainable economic development efforts throughout the region.

SIMPCO’s ED division partners with multiple Regional Economic Development Groups which are active in and around the Siouxland Economic Development District. Regional Economic Development groups share the same goal of enhancing the economic health of the region and so actively collaborating with one another allows their resources to create more benefits for the region.

SIMPCO Regional Economic Diversification Summit (REDS)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019


On June 12, 2019 SIMPCO and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) hosted the Regional Economic Diversification Summit (REDS) at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City.  Attendees of the event learned about the region’s economic development resources, networked with other economic development professionals, and shared success stories.

Panels of speakers included representatives from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); U.S. EDA, Iowa State Center for Industrial Research and Service(CIRAS); University of Northern Iowa; University of Nebraska; South Dakota State University; Siouxland Economic Development Corporation (SEDC); Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota Small Business Development Centers (SBDC); Iowa’s West Coast Initiative; University of Iowa Venture School, Iowa Economic Development Authority; Nebraska Department of Economic Development; South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development; South Eastern Council of Governments (SECOG); and SIMPCO.

This event was sponsored by: U.S. EDAWITCCMid-American Energy CompanyThe Siouxland InitiativeNorthwest Iowa Development and SIMPCO.

REDS Agenda June 12, 2019

REDS June 12, 2019 Presenter Power Point Slides

U.S. Highway 20 Corridor Economic Development Study

The U.S. Highway 20 corridor in Northwest Iowa and Northeast Nebraska is one of the most highly anticipated transportation projects to be completed in the Siouxland region. This study records the Siouxland region’s economic development opportunities associated with the U.S. Highway 20 corridor that extends across the nation from Boston, Massachusetts to Newport, Oregon. The final completion of the four-lane highway in the Siouxland region creates many opportunities for the counties and communities along the corridor. To ensure that the region is ready to take advantage of these opportunities, Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) seized the opportunity to conduct this economic development study.

To view the study please click on the link below.

Final U.S. Highway 20 Corridor Economic Development Study