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Metro Sioux City retains first-in-the-nation economic development ranking

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Gov. Kim Reynolds discusses COVID-19 response

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds discusses COVID-19 vaccinations in Iowa communities during an interview at the Sioux City Journal offices Monday.

SIOUX CITY -- For the ninth time since 2007, metro Sioux City ranks first in the nation for the most economic development projects among cities with populations under 200,000, according to Site Selection Magazine.

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Siouxland again snagging the top spot was significant, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This is welcome news and serves to confirm that, in spite of the challenges presented by the coronavirus, when it comes to economic development, communities throughout Iowa continue to be the very best in the nation," Reynolds said in a news conference held Monday morning at the Siouxland Expo Center. 

In addition, she credited forward-thinking business leaders, community members and residents for their resilience during uncertain times.

PROGRESS: Sioux City again tops Site Selection's list of small-size metros with most business projects

Reynolds was joined by Mike Wells, president and CEO of the nonprofit The Siouxland Initiative economic development organization, and TSI president Chris McGowan at the news conference.

McGowan noted that the Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska low unemployment rates were a contributing factor in the success of Siouxland's economic development.

"With leaders like Reynolds and Wells, I have every confidence that the cooperation between the public and private sectors, which is essential to robust economic development, will continue for many years to come," McGowan said.

In addition to 2020, the Sioux City MSA was also recognized in 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and 2019 as the top economic development community for populations under 200,000, according to the magazine. The Siouxland metro ranked second in 2009 and 2014 and finished third in 2006 and 2018.

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