Economic Development - Planning

As the Economic Development Administration’s designated Economic Development District for the region, SICOG has the technical expertise to provide economic development services to member communities. The follower is a list of services that SICOG offers as well as a description of how each service can benefit a community.

Census Data – The 2010 Census provides an accurate snapshot of what a community looks like at the time of the census. The data collected is very useful in identifying vulnerable populations, economically depressed populations, and other trends that may not always be readily apparent. When combined with the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) service offered by SICOG, full count and estimate Census Data can be displayed in map form, thus allowing communities to identify spatial trends.

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) – The Southern Iowa Council of Governments (SICOG) Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), created by SICOG, is updated yearly and provides an overview of regional activities, highlight Program activities from the previous year, addresses changes in the regional economy, and identifies regional priorities for the current year. The CEDS is an excellent economic development tool because it not only includes yearly updates to provide current economic data, but as a part of the process local communities in the SICOG region identify their top priority areas. The CEDS also allows local communities to think about economic development and its potential regional impact. Final SICOG CEDS 2017.pdf

Grant Writing – There is money available from various sources for local governments and other organizations to apply for. SICOG offers free grant writing services to member communities. From Community and Tourism (CAT) grants to Community Development Block Grants, SICOG is available to help communities find funding for needed projects. Giving a project a “jumpstart” through securing funding can allow economic development in a community which may otherwise not have occurred. For more information about grant writing, please visit here.

Loan Packaging Assistance – SICOG can help individual communities and companies assemble financing through available government programs. A well-used program that is available is the Economic Development Set-Aside (EDSA) program that offers financing based upon the number of jobs to be created. For more information about available funding, please visit the Grant Opportunities section of this website.