News & Events

U.S. Highway 20 Ribbon Cutting

The long awaited opening of U.S. Highway 20 four lanes through Iowa will be celebrated on October 19, 2018.   Events begin at 3:00 p.m. at Boulders Inn & Suites in Holstein, Iowa.  You won’t want to miss this historic event!

Success Story: City of Kinglsey Owner Occupied Housing Rehab TIF Project

Success Story: SIMPCO collaborated with the City of Kingsley to complete owner-occupied housing rehabilitation projects utilizing TIF. Project Background:  When a city utilizes Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to support development, a percentage of the incremental revenues generated by the project must be used to provide assistance to low-and-moderate income (LMI) families. The City of Kingsley […]

Staff Spotlight – Bernice Beaulieu

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 SIMPCO’s Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator, Bernice Beaulieu. Q: Who inspires you? A: The Lord – “but only for the grace of God do we accomplish…” Q: What is your favorite place […]

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, […]