Founded in 2002, the Sioux City Growth Organization has been working to attract and retain young professionals to Siouxland for nearly 20 years, and we’ve grown a lot since then. Over the past two decades, we’ve developed Sculpt Siouxland and other community artwork, pioneered Innovation Market, engaged in local politics, volunteered for countless nonprofit efforts, supported local businesses, mentored college students, and so, so much more. As we approached this milestone of 20 years, we sought to focus on the next 20 years to come.
We are excited to announce that we are officially changing our name to Siouxland Growth Organization to better align with the tristate community that we call home! Our members live and work in all three states and various towns in our community, and we want them and everyone else to know we are here for all of Siouxland. Young professionals have a positive impact on this area in its entirety, not just one specific town.
Sioux City to Siouxland may seem like a small change – just four letters. But, the difference of those four letters represents almost twice as many people, thousands of more square miles, and hundreds of additional businesses, college students, and of course, young professionals. We recognized that this seemingly small difference represented a big change as we seek to grow our community through young professionals.
One of the questions I am most often asked about Siouxland Growth Organization is, “How do I get involved?” and there is no shortage of opportunities! First and foremost-become a member! There are no age limits or restrictions on who can join, and we welcome all ideas and individuals. Second – donate. Whether it is a financial contribution or event sponsorship, supplying space or supplies for an event, or your time in helping out, we are always in need of resources. Third – bring ideas! How do you want to see Siouxland grow? Change? Improve? Let’s continue to work together to attract and retain young professionals to Siouxland!
By Emily Vondrak