ABOUT ONE SIOUXLAND

One Siouxland was launched in August of 2017 as the backbone of a multisector, collective impact initiative working to identify policy and systems shifts and communications strategies that will not only make our community more welcoming to newcomers and diverse residents, but also help our existing residents understand, appreciate and embrace our changing demographics.

THE IMPACT

One Siouxland aims to help all residents, businesses, organizations and local governments in the region navigate the inevitable challenges and opportunities that arise with changing demographics. By coordinating efforts to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities, the impact of our work will result in a stronger, more inclusive Siouxland. More specifically, the impact to various stakeholders will be:

  • Awareness of and access to programs and services that support their acclimation into American life and their desire to plant roots and succeed in Siouxland.
  • Enjoy a community-supported workforce that integrates more quickly, resulting in higher employee retention and productivity, and a stronger bottom line.
  • Better access to populations they serve, and more knowledge of the overall challenges faced by and needs of these families.
  • Connected to other services, programs and more knowledge of the overall challenges resources that help grow their impact.
  • More information on which to make critical decisions related to a rapidly growing and changing community.
  • A network of partners on which to rely to ensure residents’ needs are met.
  • Understand and embrace the positive economic and other benefits of living and working in a diverse community.

THE PILLARS OF A WELCOMING COMMUNITY

Adapted from Welcoming America’s framework, these five pillars organize and focus our work.

Local governments lead the effort, whether through direct or partnership programs, to promote a welcoming and inclusive environment, provide information on community services and identify and reduce barriers to access the many facets of community life so that all members of Siouxland feel welcome, connected and able to thrive.

VISION

  • All Siouxlanders are aware of and can access governmental and community services and programs.

VALUES

  • Comprehensive language services ensure all are heard and can access needed services.
  • Technology that provides access to information and services is available and affordable. Resources are physically accessible because transportation barriers are reduced.
  • Opportunities to understand, engage with and participate in local government and civic life are well-known and accessible.

VEHICLES

  • Community Resource Center
    Social, health and other essential needs of everyone in our community, located on a single campus, will encourage collaboration, direct referrals and better outcomes.
  • Rising Leaders Academy
    A leadership development program or civic academy to help underrepresented populations gain the skills and social capital needed to rise up as leaders
    in business, nonprofit, governmental and other sectors.
  • Language Access
    A comprehensive and current bank of qualified interpreters is easily accessible to newcomers and the organizations needing to serve and support them.
  • Child Care Access
    Quality child care is more affordable and available at the times parents need to work, go to school or engage in the community.
  • Housing Challenges and Opportunities
    Affordable, appropriate housing is available, families are educated about tenant rights, landlords are partners in improving housing opportunities and families are able to become homeowners.
  • Welcoming Messaging
    Communications by all sectors in our community are positive and transparent; newcomers learn information about our community and long-time residents learn about newcomers.
  • Regional WiFi
    Regional or citywide WiFi will reduce accessibility barriers that follow economic status, allowing students to complete homework and families to access essential information.
  • Regional Transportation
    Engage with local government’s work to improve walkability, public/shared transportation and bringing resources to people who lack transportation.
  • Access to Public Meetings
    Ensure public meetings are at times and in places that encourage public participation.

Newcomers and underserved populations learn about and participate in governmental, nonprofit and volunteer opportunities. All Siouxland residents participate in the Census; U.S. Citizens cast informed votes and those that are not yet naturalized are encouraged to do so, if possible.

VISION

  • All Siouxlanders feel empowered to engage in civic life.

VALUES

  • Leadership in all sectors reflects our community’s diversity to ensure policies enacted are equitable and well-informed.
  • 2020 Census is inclusive of all residents.
  • Eligible voters understand the issues and vote.
  • Naturalization is promoted and made accessible to those that may be eligible.

VEHICLES

  • Rising Leaders Academy
    A leadership development program or civic academy to help underrepresented populations gain the skills and social capital needed to rise up as leaders
    in business, nonprofit, governmental and other sectors.
  • 2020 Census
    An accurate count is supported by education in trusted locations by trusted leaders, and census workers represent the communities in which they are counting.
  • Citizenship Promotion & Support
    Naturalization workshops are held regularly and staffed by appropriately-trained volunteers. Work with Siouxland employers to consider ways to support naturalization.
  • Voter Registration and Get Out The Vote Efforts
    Eligible voters are registered and informed on the issues and candidates, and know where and how to exercise their right to vote.
  • Promote Volunteerism
    Help all Siouxlanders access rewarding volunteer opportunities.

Natural opportunities for newcomers and long-time residents to engage with and learn about each other exist regularly and in various forms throughout the community. Residents feel a sense of responsibility to their neighbors and their community, and interact with genuine care for one another. Public safety officers are engrained in the culture of neighborhoods, providing valuable and reliable support to all residents.

VISION

  • All Siouxlanders are connected to resources and to each other in
    a way that keeps us healthy and makes us feel safe.

VALUES

  • Siouxland is a community that is healthy in mind, body and spirit.
  • Healthcare is accessible; barriers such as location, affordability, time to appointment, language and child care are eased or removed.
  • Mental health care is accessible.
  • Homes are healthy, safe and available to families of all resources.
  • Siouxlanders are connected to each other and have or know where to turn for support or information.

VEHICLES

  • Community Resource Center
    Social, health and other essential needs of everyone in our community, located on a single campus, will encourage collaboration, direct referrals and better outcomes.
  • Rising Leaders Academy
    A leadership development program or civic academy to help underrepresented populations gain the skills and social capital needed to rise up as leaders in business, nonprofit, governmental, healthcare and other sectors.
  • Diverse Community Ambassadors
    Inform and engage key influencers, leaders and potential leaders from all three states and all underrepresented populations to ensure accurate information is disseminated and engagement is inclusive.
  • Cultural Competence and Education
    Encourage cross-sector use of guidelines such as the Department of Health & Human Service’s CLAS (Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Services) standards which are designed to
    promote equity, reduce disparities and improve outcomes.Customized training for organizations employing, serving and marketing to diverse community members will prove mutually beneficial for the organizations and the newcomers.
  • Connect Communities
    Community-building events bring newcomers, long-time residents, law enforcement officers, nonprofits and others together to learn from and about each other, share food and music and build trust.
  • Housing Challenges and Opportunities
    Affordable, appropriate housing is available, families are educated about tenant rights, landlords are partners in improving housing opportunities and families are able to become homeowners.
  • Healthcare Access
    People know when to access healthcare services and are able to get the support they need regardless of their insurance status, socioeconomic status, cultural concerns, linguistic challenges or other barriers.
  • Promote and Encourage Volunteerism
    Help all Siouxlanders access rewarding volunteer opportunities.
  • Homeownership
    Lending institutions offer products and services that are appropriate and accessible across cultural, religious and national origin status.
  • Family Safety Planning
    Siouxlanders ensure the safety of their family is secured by having plans and paperwork in place to protect their children and assets in the event of natural or unnatural disasters.
  • Community Culture
    Engage with city, chamber, civic and other efforts to foster a community culture that encourages young people, newcomers and others to stay in Siouxland.

From birth through adulthood, all members of Siouxland can access educational opportunities that support their growth and encourage them to aspire to reach their full potential. Siouxland’s workforce possesses the skills and education needed to meet the needs of our regional employers.

VISION

  • Siouxland’s workforce will possess the skills and education needed to grow
    our economy, and our talent pipeline will train in high-demand fields.

VALUES

  • Quality child care and early learning opportunities exist for all families.
  • Youth have support at school and at home to pursue post-secondary opportunities that prepare them for tomorrow’s workforce needs.
  • Newcomers are able to apply their foreign education and experience in order to be fully employed.

VEHICLES

  • Rising Leaders Academy
    A leadership development program or civic academy to help underrepresented populations gain the skills and social capital needed to rise up as leaders
    in business, nonprofit, governmental and other sectors.
  • Child Care Access
    Quality child care is more affordable and available at the times parents need to work, go to school or engage in the community. Employers are part of the solution.
  • Early Childhood Education
    Parents and caregivers, regardless of their background, education or language spoken, understand how to positively impact the development of their children and those for whom they provide care.
  • Postsecondary Opportunities
    Support and connect organizations that are working to increase postsecondary attainment in order
    to meet the job requirements of the future.

Siouxland businesses harness the full potential of our global talent base, and join the entire community in cultivating diverse leaders and entrepreneurs that become a key part of our growing economy.

VISION

  • Our community is able to harness the full potential of our workforce to fill
    current positions, grow existing businesses and attract new ones.

VALUES

  • As a community, we cultivate leaders and entrepreneurs in diverse communities and from underrepresented populations.
  • Entrepreneurs of all backgrounds have access to the resources and information needed to successfully run and grow a business.
  • Employers invest in their employees to encourage retention and loyalty, and to improve company culture.

VEHICLES

  • Supporting Entrepreneurship
    Newcomers and other underrepresented populations learn the basics of running a successful business, access programs that provide capital assistance
    and receive mentorship from successful business leaders.
  • Rising Leaders Academy
    A leadership development program or civic academy to help underrepresented populations gain the skills and social capital needed to rise up as
    leaders in business, nonprofit, governmental and other sectors.
  • Cultural Education Program
    Customized trainings for organizations of all types to better understand and meet the needs of their diverse customers, employees and/or clients.
  • Postsecondary Opportunities
    Support and connect organizations that are working to increase postsecondary attainment in order to meet the job requirements of the future.