Southern Iowa Council of Governments

Southern Iowa Council of Governments Southern Iowa Council of Governments (SICOG) is an organization that provides and coordinates community and economic development services through the delivery of planning services, technical program assistance, and grantsmanship.
What is SICOG? A brief history In 1968 Governor Harold E. Hughes signed Executive Order # 11 establishing the planning districts in Iowa. The Executive Order created regional planning commissions upon the action of local governments. These organizations were formed by counties and cities to serve local governments, and citizens in the regions across the State of Iowa. COG's address issues facing local government on a cooperative basis, and provides coordination of services delivery, planning, advocacy, technical assistance, and project development. Councils are formed through provisions of Chapter 504, 28E, and 28H of the Code of Iowa. Birth of SICOG/ First meeting Local government leaders from each county in the re¬gion—Adair, Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Ringgold, Taylor, and Union Counties - first met on Sept. 13, 1973, in the Lion’s Hall in Clearfield, to organize the Southern Iowa Planning organization. They chose Rodger Blobaum, Chairman; Will Raiser, Vice chair; and Frank Davis, Secretary. Seven representa¬tives from each county were chosen to form bylaws, and an executive committee, made up of a representative from each county, was also formed.
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Re-Post from Terri Jacobs Rosonke23 hrs ·For more information on small business recovery resources, please visit the Iow...
03/27/2020

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For more information on small business recovery resources, please visit the Iowa Business Recovery web page. Check back often as additional resources are added as they become available.

SICOG is looking to assist and partner with communities in applying for the new Iowa Economic Development Association (I...
03/25/2020

SICOG is looking to assist and partner with communities in applying for the new Iowa Economic Development Association (IEDA) Rural Housing Assessment Grant program. This grant supports housing maintenance and development by ensuring the appropriate ordinances, development codes and incentives are in place. As Always SICOG will assist, at no cost, communities with writing the grant, participate in the assessment and provide follow up services in the identified areas of need. This $10,000 grant requires a $5,000 community match. Contact SICOG’s Jeremy Rounds for more information.

02/26/2020

The 2020 SICOG Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is now available for public review and comment. The purpose of this document is to provide a capacity-building foundation by which the public sector, working in conjunction with other economic entities (individuals, firms, industries), helps to create a positive environment for regional economic prosperity. The SICOG region includes all member governments within the counties of Adair, Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Madison, Ringgold, Taylor, and Union. Please direct all comments and questions to Stu Burzette by email ([email protected]) or by phone (641-782-8491) by March 25th, 2020. Thank you.

http://www.sicog.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020-Draft-CEDS-Document.pdf

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNORGovernor Kim Reynolds ★ Lt. Governor Adam GreggGov. Reynolds appoints Scott Marler to serve as Dir...
02/18/2020

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
Governor Kim Reynolds ★ Lt. Governor Adam Gregg

Gov. Reynolds appoints Scott Marler to serve as Director at IDOT

DES MOINES– Today, Gov. Reynolds announced the appointment of Scott Marler to serve as Director at the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT). His appointment is effective Monday, February 17th, 2020.

“Scott will do an outstanding job leading the Iowa Department of Transportation because of his depth of experience and effective management style,” said Gov. Reynolds. “Iowa DOT plays an instrumental role in the safe transportation of goods, services, and people across our state and we know he will do an incredible job.”

“I’m tremendously humbled and honored to be chosen by Governor Reynolds to join her team as Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation,” said Scott Marler. “I look forward to serving the citizens of our great state with the incredibly talented team at the Iowa DOT and to work with our partners and stakeholders to meet our common goal of making Iowa the safest and most efficient transportation system in the country.”

Interim Director Stuart Anderson will return to his role as Director of the Planning, Programming, & Modal Division.

Scott Marler is currently the Director of the Operations Division at the Iowa Department of Transportation. Marler is active on several national committees associated with the American Association of State Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB). He has served on a national technical committee for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, an expert panel for TRB, and a course development committee for the National Highway Institute. Marler has worked for the Iowa DOT for 22 years, with experience in traffic operations, highway project development, regulatory compliance, and the natural environment.

SICOG offices will be closed on Monday, February 17th in observance of President's Day.
02/15/2020

SICOG offices will be closed on Monday, February 17th in observance of President's Day.

Guess what day it is at SICOG's National Headquarters.
12/19/2019

Guess what day it is at SICOG's National Headquarters.

Final meeting for 2019 of Gov Reynolds’s Empower Rural Iowa Task Force. Great recommendations by all the groups.
12/18/2019

Final meeting for 2019 of Gov Reynolds’s Empower Rural Iowa Task Force. Great recommendations by all the groups.

12/17/2019

DID YOU KNOW?
Mini-grants are available through the Iowa Foundation for Parks and Recreation for cities less than 10,000 to support projects that improve leisure opportunities for citizens. The deadline is Jan. 31.

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State of Iowa Volkswagen Clean Air Act Funding Available

The Iowa DOT is now accepting grant applications for two separate Volkswagen Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust funding programs. Program guidance and application forms are available on the website links listed below. If you have any questions, please submit them in writing via email to [email protected]. Verbal questions will not be addressed. A list of written questions and answers will be available at a later date on this website​. Applications are due by February 17.

It is the most "Wonderful time of the Year", except if you are having an audit being completed.
12/06/2019

It is the most "Wonderful time of the Year", except if you are having an audit being completed.

The ATURA Passenger Transportation Plan survey is now live.  Please take a few minutes out of your day to complete the s...
11/19/2019
RPA 14/ATURA Passenger Transportation Plan Survey

The ATURA Passenger Transportation Plan survey is now live. Please take a few minutes out of your day to complete the survey if you are a health/human/social services worker in the counties of Adair, Taylor, Union, Ringgold, and/or Adams OR even if you live/work in those counties outside of the health/human/social services industry.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ATURA-PTP

This link is set to close on December 31st at 11:45 pm so please (please, please, please) take it before then.

The input gathered from this survey will be a major driver in the development of the Region 14 Passenger Transportation Plan, which will set the course of public passenger transportation for the next five years.

If you have any questions or would like to receive a pdf version instead, please Stu Burzette ([email protected]; 641-782-8491) know and he will be happy to help. Please feel free to send this link to anyone else you feel should have a voice in shaping the public passenger transportation system as well.

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Always exciting to attend ribbon cuttings in the SICOG Region. Congratulation Iowa Select - Osceola - New facility and T...
10/23/2019

Always exciting to attend ribbon cuttings in the SICOG Region. Congratulation Iowa Select - Osceola - New facility and Training Center. Thanks to Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov Gregg.

I will bring the donuts to the office tomorrow.
10/18/2019

I will bring the donuts to the office tomorrow.

09/27/2019

The Cities of Fontanelle was awarded grants totaling $300,000 to complete Sewer Facility Improvement Project. The city will use the $300,000 of Community Development Block Grant program along with the city's contribution of $1,627,500 from the DNR/SRF program to improve their wastewater treatment plant.

SICOG is pleased with the results of the successful application for $300,000. Only 7 applications were approved from around the state. Congratulation to Fontanelle for receiving the very needed funds. Assisting local governments to complete quality applications is one of our core services and there is no better day than when we hear that a city or county has leverage funds that will improve their communities.

The Empower Iowa Initiative (Investing Rural Iowa Task Force) held a meeting in Vinton Iowa. It has been just 1 year sin...
09/10/2019

The Empower Iowa Initiative (Investing Rural Iowa Task Force) held a meeting in Vinton Iowa. It has been just 1 year since Governor Reynolds organized this task and tremendous progress has been made. Vinton was a great host. Visited the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School Project. Lt. Gov. Gregg, as always, conducted the meeting and keeps the task force moving in the right direction.

Today's meeting of the Empower Rural Iowa - Invest Task Force was informative and enlightening. Plus the meeting was hel...
08/12/2019

Today's meeting of the Empower Rural Iowa - Invest Task Force was informative and enlightening. Plus the meeting was held at the Iowa State Fair and chaired by Lt. Gov Gregg and attended by great people from around Iowa.

08/07/2019
iowadot.gov

Have you ever wondered what projects the Iowa DOT is considering. You can review the draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) which, identifies all projects proposed to receive Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration fund.https://iowadot.gov/program_management/stip/2020-2023_STIPDraft.pdf

Help Us Create a Vision for Creston’s FutureSouthern Iowa Council of Governments will facilitate discussion at each sess...
07/22/2019

Help Us Create a Vision for Creston’s Future

Southern Iowa Council of Governments will facilitate discussion at each session, which should last no more than ninety minutes.

The City of Creston is holding a series of six planning sessions over the next two months about various topics to help develop a twenty-year plan for the city. Each session is designed to look at identified issues and challenges and come up with some actionable ideas for addressing them. Each session is future-focused with the goal of identifying a vision for the topic at hand. When possible, we will have a visiting expert, who will be sharing some best practices related to the topic.

Each of the following sessions will be hosted at the meal site room in the Restored Depot in Uptown Creston and is open to any interested person of any age who cares for the future of Creston.

Tuesday, July 30 at 7 PM – Housing
Monday, August 19 at 7 PM – Economic development /
business
Monday, August 26 at 7 PM – Community infrastructure
Tuesday, September 10 at 7 PM – Community facilities and
recreation
Monday, September 30 at 7 PM – Qualify of life, culture, and
community character
Tuesday, October 8 at 7 PM – Land use, agriculture, natural
resources, and hazards

07/18/2019

The Cities of Leon, Dexter, and Fontanelle were awarded grants totaling $756,600 to complete housing rehabilitation projects. Each city will use the $252,200 of Community Development Block Grant program to improve housing conditions for low-income homeowners.

SICOG is pleased with the results of the successful applications for over $750,000. Congratulation to Leon, Dexter, and Fontanelle for receiving the very needed funds Assisting local governments to complete quality applications is one of our core services and there is no better day than when we hear that a city or county has leverage funds that will improve their communities.

The staff at the world-wide headquarters of SICOG has posted our June 2019 Newsletter. Check out the latest news from SI...
07/09/2019

The staff at the world-wide headquarters of SICOG has posted our June 2019 Newsletter. Check out the latest news from SICOG . https://tinyurl.com/y5vsb5kl

07/03/2019

The City of Winterset partnered with the Madison County Historic Preservation Commission and were awarded a grant to begin the work to nominate the Winterset City Park as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. We will engage Tallgrass Archaeology LLC who will work with local researchers to created the required documentation. Many thanks to Jeremy Rounds of Southern Iowa Council of Governments and Brenda Hollingsworth for creating the successful grant application.

SICOG is pleased with the results of the successful application. Congratulation to the City of Winterset for receiving the very needed funds. Assisting local governments is one of our core services and there is no better day than when we hear that a city or county has leverage funds that will improve their communities.

ATURA requests the public to review and provide comments on the draft FY 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Programs (...
06/30/2019

ATURA requests the public to review and provide comments on the draft FY 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Programs (TIP) for the ATURA Transportation Affiliation Area XIV.

ATURA will be hosting a Public Hearing meeting at 1:30 p.m. July 9, 2019, at Kramer’s Café, 113 Broad Street, Orient, IA 50858. ATURA TIP Draft 2020-2023 http://www.sicog.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/ATURA-TIP-Draft-2020-2023.pdf

At long last, the Iowa Council of Governments initiative "Homes for Iowa, Inc"  lead by Mike Norris and partnering with ...
06/21/2019
Homes for Iowa will build houses and futures

At long last, the Iowa Council of Governments initiative "Homes for Iowa, Inc" lead by Mike Norris and partnering with the Iowa Department of Corrections, Iowa Prison Industries, the Councils of Government and the Newton Correctional Facilities, will begin building affordable housing!

NEWTON — Newton Correctional Facility is adopting a project that will be able to supply Iowa communities with affordable housing and provide inmates with job training to use once they are released. The building phase for the Homes for Iowa project launched Thursday at the minimum-security prison i...

05/24/2019

Afton, IA successful with $31,403 grant application.

Afton has been awarded $31,304 in grant funds to abate asbestos and deconstruct a commercial building. City plans for a new community social center that will feature Wi-Fi for locals to use for gaming and access to the internet

SICOG is pleased with the results of the successful application for over $31,000. Congratulation to the City of Afton for receiving the very needed funds. Assisting local governments is one of our core services and there is no better day than when we hear that a city or county has leverage funds that will improve their communities.

05/20/2019
» Job Opportunity

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply at http://www.sicog.com/job-opportunity

The Southern Iowa Council of Governments located in Creston, Iowa, has an immediate opening for the position of a Regional Transportation Planner. This position requires excellent organizational, communication, and administrative skills. The individual selected will be responsible for the oversight....

Bet nobody remembers that many years ago we were
04/05/2019

Bet nobody remembers that many years ago we were

What a Great “day on the hill”. Up to the capital to discuss essential projects. COGs from across Iowa were recognized a...
02/07/2019

What a Great “day on the hill”. Up to the capital to discuss essential projects. COGs from across Iowa were recognized as the senate opened their session.

SICOG is proud to announce that Timothy Ostroski is celebrating 35 years as the executive director. Tim started as Ex. D...
02/01/2019

SICOG is proud to announce that Timothy Ostroski is celebrating 35 years as the executive director. Tim started as Ex. Dir. on February 1, 1984. The SICOG Board of Directors would like to recognize Mr. Ostroski's years of commitment and dedication to our cities, counties and the SICOG Organization!
We take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to commemorate a milestone in your career. Thank you.

01/30/2019

Greenfield, IA successful with $200,000 grant application.

Greenfield has been awarded $200,000 in grant funds to assist with rehabilitation improvements at the Greenfield Senior complex. The Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) has awarded the funds to the facility.

SICOG is pleased with the results of the successful application for over $200,000. Congratulation to the Greenfield Senior Citizen Complex for receiving the very needed funds. Assisting local governments is one of our core services and there is no better day than when we hear that a city or county has leverage funds that will improve their communities.

Great meeting with the Governor and +75 community development people from around the state. Honored to be an appointed m...
12/15/2018

Great meeting with the Governor and +75 community development people from around the state. Honored to be an appointed member of the Empower Iowa Rural Task Force. Always good to talk to Gov. Reynolds. Even got some seconds on the local news.

Madison County Historic Preservation Commission
12/11/2018

Madison County Historic Preservation Commission

It’s beginning to look a lot like…
the Winterset Square is under construction!

Winterset’s Courthouse Historic District Façade Rehabilitation Project is well underway. All sides of the square within the Courthouse Historic District are receiving some tough love, leaving them in an ugly duckling stage. But a swan will indeed emerge. Here is a smattering of the work in progress over the last few months. We all look forward to the project completion in late 2019.

Many thanks to the 17 property owners, City of Winterset , Iowa Economic Development Authority, Southern Iowa Council of Governments, RDG Design, and local liaison Brenda Hollingsworth.

PS. “Rehabilitation” is the official Department of Interior term that means “to alter or add to a historic property to meet continuing or changing uses while retaining the property’s historic character.”

12/11/2018

Adair, IA successful with $1,200,000 grant application.

The City of Adair has been awarded $1,200,000 in grant funds and an additional $2,000,000 in low interest loan fund to assist with water treatment improvements. The USDA-RD has awarded the funds to the community.

SICOG is pleased with the results of the successful application for over $3,000,000. Congratulation to the City of Adair for receiving the very needed funds. Assisting local governments is one of our core services and there is no better day than when we hear that a city or county has leverage funds that will improve their communities.

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