Public Notice


Motorists who travel on Iowa 25/Sumner Avenue in Creston need to be aware of an upcoming construction project at the BNSF overpass that could slow down their trip.

Beginning on Monday, June 12, until Friday, June 30, weather permitting, construction crews will work on the BNSF overpass. This will require restricting traffic on Iowa 25/Sumner Avenue to one lane between Fremont Street and Jefferson Street. Access to Russell Street from Iowa 25/Sumner Avenue will be closed for the duration of the project.

Temporary traffic signals will be in place to assist motorists through the work zone. Vehicles and loads over 11-feet wide will need to use an alternate route.


If you’re planning to drive on U.S. 169 from U.S. 34 in Lorimor, there’s a road closure that could slow down your trip.

Construction beginning on Thursday, June 1, and will continue until Friday, Aug. 25, weather permitting. Construction crews will work on removing the current bridge on U.S. 169 and replace it with a pipe and concrete paving. While the roadway is closed to traffic, motorists will follow a marked detour route using U.S. 34, and Union County roads P-53 and H-17.

As always, SICOG provides an un-exhaustive list of grants to generate ideas about possible projects and provide funding guidance. Grant funding sources are increasingly interested in creative solutions to problems and many are willing to support not just construction but also operations. If your community has a problem that outside funding might address, then please contact your SICOG office. We would be glad to help and can attend a local meeting at no cost to discuss the project or idea. There are many other sources, so if you have project, please contact us.

View a List of Grant Opportunities Here!

Iowa Downtown Forums

Designing the Downtown Experience

IEDA’s Iowa Downtown Resource Center is offering four interactive downtown forums on June 26 through the 29. These forums are for Iowa communities that are interested in learning more about streetscapes improvements, creating good pedestrian experiences, wayfinding signage, and how to fund them.

Forum Locations:

  • Monday, June 26- Waldorf University, Salveson Hall, 106 S 6th St, Forest City

  • Tuesday, June 27- United Methodist Church, 304 1st St SW, Mount Vernon

  • Wednesday, June 28- Warren Cultural Center, 154 Public Square, Greenfield

  • Thursday, June 29- The Foundary, 524 Lake Avenue, Storm Lake

For more information regarding these forums, the forum agenda, and registration, click the button below!

Iowa Downtown Forum Registration

Homes for Iowa Career Fair June 23, 2023

Are you a contractor looking for skilled labor? Check out this opportunity at the Homes for Iowa Build Site!

Vulnerable Road Users Grant Opportunity

The United States Department of Transportation is reaching out to members of a community planning organization or DOT partner who may be aware of a bicycle and/or pedestrian traffic safety issue in the area. The Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB) can be a valuable resource.


Their mission is to identify traffic safety issues, and through partnerships with city, county, state, and local organizations, develop and implement strategies to reduce deaths and injuries on Iowa’s roadways.


GTSB is offering an opportunity to apply for a traffic safety grant for federal fiscal year 2024, from October 1, 2023 - September 30, 2024. The GTSB has reserved up to $250,000 for programs/projects targeting pedestrian and bicycle safety. If you have identified a vulnerable road user concern in your community or your organization already implements programs, US Department of Transportation would like to talk about a partnership supporting your efforts.


If your community is experiencing bicycle and/or pedestrian traffic safety challenges but you are unsure how to address this growing trend, please use the links below for effective countermeasure ideas. 


Strategies to Increase Pedestrian Safety

Strategies to Increase Bicyclist Safety

Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Micromobility Program Ideas


When you have a program idea and plan, contact Program Administrator Sheri Krohn who can be reached at 515-725-6128 or

Up Coming Conferences and Summits

  1. 2023 Downtown Conference, August 1-3, at the Sioux City Convention Center in Sioux City, Iowa. Learn about the latest trends, acquire practical information and ideas, and learn strategies that are relevant to rural, mid-sized and urban downtown districts. Click here to register!

  2. Housing Iowa Conference, September 6-8, at the Cedar Rapids DoubleTree in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This event welcomes housing developers, property managers, financiers, lenders, Realtors, homeless and supportive services professionals, housing advocates, policy makers, community development professionals, community leaders and anyone interested in learning more about housing in Iowa. Click here to register!

  3. Des Moines Cybersecurity Conference, September 21, at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown in Des Moines, Iowa. Discover cutting edge security approaches, and how to manage risk in the workforce. Click here to register!

  4. Iowa Ideas 2023, October 12-13, and is a Virtual Conference. Iowa Ideas is an annual virtual conference designed to gather Iowans from all perspectives to explore, discuss and offer solutions on issues impacting the state. Click here to register!

  5. 2023 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! Summit, at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, Iowa. Learn from experts from across the state implementing 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! in schools, early care, out-of-school programs, health care clinics and communities. Sessions focus on how to adopt strategies that support the healthy choice as the easy choice and create policy, system and environmental changes within all sectors. Click here to register!

Thriving Communities Designation

The Iowa Finance Authority in May introduced Iowa Thriving Communities.  This is a new designation for local communities, namely cities, to receive recognition for their work in housing.  The main benefits for winning applicants are that the City a) receives special consideration when project applications are proposed for Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits or the Iowa Workforce Housing Tax Incentive and b) is marketed by State agencies to developers as a good destination for housing.  Since the tax credit programs are popular and very competitive, the designation can be a big deal to attract projects and get funds awarded.  The increased exposure to developers is also important, as it can increase the capacity to build housing at the scale needed, which is often beyond local development capacity. The application is now open, and the due date is July 17.  Contact Jeremy or Terry for assistance.

SICOG Partnerships 2023

Interested in becoming a partner?! Call us today at (641) 782-8491 or go to the Partnership page on the SICOG website and fill out the form at the bottom of the page!

Partnership Page

SICOG Executive Board Minutes- May 2, 2023