The Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) announces the Notice of Investment Award from the United States Economic Development Administration (U.S. EDA). This EDA investment provides funding for a Highway 20 Economic Development Study. The Study will assess the feasibility of economic development opportunities for job creation and investments in Northwest Iowa and Northeast Nebraska. The study will also identify specific sites for future development and growth of innovation clusters among the communities, which will promote business expansion, support private capital investment and create jobs throughout the region. Total cost of the study will be $50,000, with a $25,000 contribution from U.S EDA and $25,000 from local sponsors of the study including: Woodbury County, Ida County, Cherokee County, Dakota County, City of Sioux City, City of Sergeant Bluff, City of Lawton, City of Moville, City of Correctionville, City of Cushing, City of Holstein, City of Galva, City of Kingsley, City of Cherokee, Siouxland Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), The Siouxland Initiative, MidAmerican Energy, Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative, North West Rural Electric Cooperative, Woodbury Rural Electric Cooperative, Cherokee Area Economic Development, the U.S. 20 Corridor Association and SIMPCO.
SIMPCO will be hosting a kick-off meeting with counties and communities along the corridor on May 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Community Center in Correctionville, Iowa. The anticipated study completion date is December 2018. For more information or how to get involved in the process, please contact Michelle Bostinelos, Executive Director SIMPCO 712-279-6286 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org