Serving Northwest Iowa for Over 35 years
Providing Planning and Development Services to Lyon, Sioux, Osceola, O'Brien, Dickinson, Clay, Buena Vista, Emmet and Palo Alto Counties
Counties Buena Vista Lyon Sioux Palo Alto Clay OBrien Osceola Dickinson Emmet

The Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission is a regional governmental organization whose mission is to provide community and economic development and job training services for a nine county area. The agency's full time, professional staff assists the member counties and municipalities in such areas as community planning and zoning, federal and state grant preparation and administration, economic development planning activities, general governmental technical assistance, Workforce Investment Act/Workforce Development, school to work, and PROMISE JOBS administration. In effect, the NWIPDC staff functions as an extension of member governments' staffs, providing the specialized services and technical assistance that would not be financially feasible for each governmental entity to provide on its own.

Services & Programs

What's New?
IEDA Community Catalyst Grant
September 12, 2018 10:51 AM

Through the Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) will provide grants to communities for the redevelopment, rehabilitation or deconstruction of buildings to stimulate economic growth or reinvestment in the community. Strong applications will show the potential of catalytic economic growth in the community; improve appearances and safety; make use of underutilized property, exhibit appropriate design standards; and be well-funded. Economic growth may include the creation of additional jobs, growth of new or existing businesses, development of new housing units, increase property values or potential population growth. A mandatory pre-application process will precede the official grant application. A city, the eligible applicant, must apply and provide financial and/or in-kind resources. A portion of funds will be awarded to cities with populations under 1,500. Funds will be available for the rehabilitation of one commercial building per community or two adjacent buildings with the same ownership, as well as a limited number of planning grants.

Five regional application workshops will include deadlines for pre-applications and the formal application process. Register today to attend one of the following workshops:

October 2, 2018

Storm Lake 4-6:00 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers (2nd Floor) — 620 Erie St.

Pre-registration is requested by selecting the location and time that work best for your schedule. Register today.

Questions may be directed to Jim Thompson, 515.348.6183 or email

See link below on the Iowa Economic Development Authority Website for more information on The Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program.