Siouxland Retains Top Spot! Siouxland Ranks First in the Nation for Economic Development


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SIOUX CITY – For the sixth time in the last decade, the Siouxland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
ranks first in the nation in its population category for economic development, according to results released today by the Managing Editor of Site Selection magazine.  The Sioux City MSA was also recognized as the top community for populations under 200,000 in 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2015.  The Siouxland metro ranked second in both 2009 and 2014 and finished third in 2006.  The metro region has ranked in the top three nationally in its population category in a remarkable nine of the last eleven years.

In a prepared statement, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Siouxland Initiative (TSI), Skip

Perley, who serves as President and CEO of Thompson Electric / TEC Corp., said, “Siouxland’s consistent performance over the last decade is a tribute to the many public and private sector leaders who continue to emphasize economic growth and regional cooperation in the tri-state area.  This year’s rankings serve as confirmation that our local economy is strong and remains attractive to outside investors.”  Perley added, “The Siouxland region is grateful to the many companies who choose to call this community home and is proud to receive this prestigious recognition from Site Selection magazine.”

The Siouxland MSA ranked first in the nation for the 2016 calendar year based on the number of qualified economic development projects for communities with populations between 50,000 and 200,000 people.

“Siouxland’s perennial high ranking speaks to a confluence of factors including its multi-state geographic location, and its strong population of companies at the intersection of agriculture and food processing,” said Adam Bruns, Managing Editor of Site Selection.  “Most of all, you get the sense the companies who keep re-investing in the area don’t just find it business-friendly, they find it friendly, period.”

TSI Board member, Charese Yanney, who serves as the Managing Partner of the Guarantee Roofing & Siding Company, introduced Mr. Bruns at the press conference and thanked him for traveling from suburban Atlanta, Georgia to present the award.  Yanney also congratulated the elected leadership of the communities and counties who collectively contributed to Siouxland’s success, presenting each with an inscribed award commemorating the national recognition.


Wayne State College Money Magazine’s Best Nebraska College To Host Siouxland Information Night on February 16


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Wayne State College, Wayne, Neb. earned the title, “Best College in Nebraska,’’ from Money Magazine in 2016 through quality of education, affordability and alumni success. Be a part of this success during a WSC Information Night at the College Center in South Sioux City on Thursday, Feb. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. The Feb. 16 evening is a distinct opportunity to learn about WSC’s Online MBA Program and Undergraduate Business Programs. (Wayne State College class registration for the Summer 2017 Semester opens Feb. 20.) These ratings show that professionals and students can get a high-quality program at an affordable price. In 2015, we had the second-largest graduating class in the history of the MBA program,” said Jennifer Brandow, Director of the MBA program. WSC’s attractive features list an open admission policy in addition to reasonable tuition. Tuition for the MBA program is a flat $325 per credit hour regardless of residency. For undergraduate tuition rates, please see: The convenient program is nationally ranked for affordability. The MBA program is 30 credit hour, non-thesis, 100 percent online program with no required visits to campus. Wayne State College is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Formed in 1997, IACBE accredits business programs and colleges and universities worldwide that demonstrate characteristics of excellence, with more than 230 member educational institutions in more than 20 countries. Wayne State College rose to the top among programs across the nation that combine quality and affordability, see:  Wayne State’s MBA program has recently received high rankings on three independent ranking sites:

  • These rankings have been determined by low-cost and high-quality online education;
  • WSC ranked 14th out of 20 for best online MBA programs from Great College Deals;
  • WSC ranked among the top five online business degrees on The Best Master’s Degrees website;
  • WSC ranked 3rd out of 97 institutions from Get Educated: Best Buy Regional Online MBA.

Wayne State College, a leading, public four-year college in northeast Nebraska, is a proud member of the Nebraska State College System.  Please see: For more information, please talk with the Wayne State College School of Business and Technology at 402-375-7245 or Jennifer Brandow, Wayne State College MBA Director at or at 402-375-7587.

Bright Futures Helping Sioux City Community School District Students


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bright-futuresBright Futures helps students achieve success by matching student needs with resources through partnerships between the schools and the community utilizing social media. Through the Bright Futures’ framework, the District acts as a liaison between needy students and community organizations.  According to Jen Gomez, director of student services and equity education for the Sioux City Community School District, Bright Futures has many benefits. “In addition to meeting any child’s basic needs within 24 hours, our program also is building community leadership capacity to improve problem solving capabilities to address the greater challenges faced by today’s youth.”

Log onto Facebook and like the Sioux City Bright Futures page!

George’s Place – A Response to a Great Need


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The Siouxland Community Health Center has established an in-house resource for adults and children who are in desperate need of new or clean clothes.

It is not at all unusual to see patients young and old come to a doctor’s appointment in clothes that are well beyond their useful life.  To see a young child in torn or dirty clothes or a senior citizen with no socks in the dead of winter is sad and unfortunate.

In response to this need, the Siouxland Community Health Center created “George’s Place” – an on-site closet full of new, clean clothes.  Socks – t-shirts – underwear – shirts – jeans, coats, etc.  We are able to purchase the clothes thanks to the generosity of our staff and outside donors.  When a patient, young or old, comes to us in that condition we will make sure they leave in new and clean clothes.

All funding for George’s Place comes from donations from the general public and staff and are tax-deductible.  Checks should be addressed to the Siouxland Community Health Foundation.

For more information, contact:

Jim Wharton
Director of Marketing and Fund Development or 712-224-1815

Customer Input Requested to Improve the City of Sioux City Website


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An upgrade to the city’s website is underway to strengthen engagement with residents, businesses and visitors. The public is invited and encouraged to help project coordinators identify current shortfalls and provide opinions on how the current site can be improved by taking a brief online survey.  The survey will close at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 4.

Congratulations to Lindsey Buchheit Recognized as one of the “Top 10 Under 40” Entrepreneurs in Siouxland


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Lindsey Buchheit, owner of Buchheit Law, PLC was recognized as one of the “Top 10 Under 40” entrepreneurs in the Siouxland area this past week. The award is given to 10 local entrepreneurs and professionals under the age of 40 who have improved their community through their work.

Richard A. Waller Receives Chamber’s Prestigious Deming Award


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The Siouxland Chamber of Commerce presented the W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership and Entrepreneurial Excellence Award at their Annual Dinner announcing that the 2016 recipient of the community honor is local businessman and long-time community supporter, Richard A. Waller.  Mr. Waller spent over 40 years with Security National Bank and retired earlier this year after serving as the Bank’s President, CEO and Chairman of the locally-owned financial institution for over two decades.

Upon receiving the award, Waller stated, “It has meant a great deal to me to lead Security National Bank and I am genuinely grateful to have had the opportunity to make a difference in the community I have and will continue to call home.  It is incredibly humbling to be recognized by an organization that has contributed so much to this community for so long.”

The annual award is presented to an outstanding business executive and exceptional community leader in the tri-state region during the Siouxland Chamber’s Annual Dinner meeting hosted at the Sioux City Convention Center.

Waller’s professional career stretches over 44 years with Security National Bank (SNB) and he served approximately half of that time as the organization’s President and CEO.  He has been recognized for successfully leading SNB through an era of increasing federal regulations and deftly navigating turbulent changes in the banking / financial services industry.  Under his leadership, the bank’s assets grew from $300 million to $1 billion.  Over the years, Waller may have become best known for Security National Bank’s unique marketing strategy and his featured role in dozens of light-hearted television commercials promoting the bank’s services and community contributions.

In addition to his professional responsibilities with Security National Bank, Waller has been particularly engaged in leading charitable and not-for-profit organizations throughout Siouxland.  Over the course of his professional career, Waller has completed terms on the Board of Directors with numerous civic organizations including the United Way, Morningside College, Goodwill Industries and UnityPoint – St. Luke’s.  Waller is also one of a select group of local leaders who have served as Chair of both the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce as well as The Siouxland Initiative.

Chris McGowan, President of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, stated, “Rich Waller has consistently led by example and his legacy will include leaving our Siouxland region a significantly better community as a result of his innumerable and noteworthy contributions.”

The W. Edwards Deming Business Leadership & Entrepreneurial Excellence Award is presented in honor of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, a Sioux City native and world-renowned statistician, philosopher and educator.  This award is designed to recognize local business executives who have exhibited outstanding leadership within the Siouxland community, as well as originality, quality, productivity and performance within the realm of their business.