SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- Once again, a national publication has ranked the Sioux City metro area among the nation's best for economic development. And the governor of Iowa was in Sioux City Monday morning for the announcement.
Site Selection Magazine's annual economic development rankings recently ranked the Sioux City Metropolitan Statistical Area "number one" for metro areas with populations under 200,000.
It's the ninth time Sioux City has ranked first since 2007.
Dakota Dunes, North Sioux City, South Sioux City, and Le Mars city leaders were also honored for their accomplishments.
Gov. Kim Reynolds said the ranking is an honor in itself, but it's especially substantial in the middle of a pandemic.
"As governor of this great state, I am so blessed to have such forward-leaning community-minded business and industry leaders in our state. And on a personal note, I can't begin to express how grateful I am for their input and support over this past year," said Reynolds.
Local leaders were there to accept the awards, and talk about what this means for the future of Siouxland.
Chris McGowan, the president of the Siouxland Chamber, praised the progress the Sioux City metro has made.
"Our rankings, year in and year out, are lead by local companies that continue to choose to grow and expand right here at home. That's a credit to all economic development professionals as well that work so hard day in and day out to make sure that we retain business," said McGowan.
McGowan credits all three states' low unemployment rates as a major reason for their success.