South Sioux City officials say several economic development projects are in the works and will be made public soon.
City council members recently took a bus tour of current projects like Big Ox Energy and city administrator Lance Hedquist says more projects are on the horizon.
“All of the projects we’re working on pay very good wages and pay good benefits,” Hedquist says. “Our goal is not to get mass quantities of jobs. We want quality jobs that pay well and help improve the overall average wage in Siouxland.”
New workers will need places to live and he says another project underway will help meet that need.
“We have to concentrate on higher-paying jobs that people will transfer into and move into, that’s why we’re glad to see the Ho-Chunk project moving in,” Hedquist says. “It’s going to build some really quality houses in the community and provide more home ownership opportunities. We’re moving in the right direction.”
Trees have been removed to clear the way for the Ho-Chunk Flatwater Crossing housing development. Work will get underway on the 200-acre development along the Missouri River once the snow melts.
Last fall, the city announced a new wood-fired heat and electricity-generating unit for Scenic Park that will provide power to a number of buildings there, using chipped wood waste from the community as a fuel source.
“It is a super project,” he says. “It’s about $300,000 in cost and we were able to get funds to pay for the entire cost of construction. We think it’s a positive thing, all the way around.”
By Woody Gottburg, KSCJ, Sioux City