Sioux County Regional Airport receives International Program Excellence Award

Community Partnership award recognizes airport collaboration

Media Contact: Scott Wynja (712) 722-0761

Aerial photo of Sioux County Regional AirportThe City of Sioux Center, along with the City of Orange City and Sioux County, has been awarded an international honor for collaborative efforts to create the Sioux County Regional Airport. The project is receiving a 2020 Program Excellence Award from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

The ICMA annually presents program excellence awards to local governments and their chief administrators in recognition of visionary and successful programs. Sioux Center is being honored with a Community Partnership Program Excellence Award. This honor recognizes innovation, excellence, and success in partnerships among a local government and other governmental entities, private sector businesses, individuals, or nonprofit agencies to improve quality of life for residents or provide more efficient and effective services.

The new Sioux County Regional Airport, built midway between Sioux Center and Orange City, is a testament to two decades of partnership and a vision for economic strength for the region, according to Sioux Center City Manager Scott Wynja.

“The ICMA award is another recognition marking the truly great collaboration between public entities. It is great to see Sioux Center, Orange City and Sioux County join efforts in providing this valuable service to the northwest Iowa region,” Wynja said. “A huge thanks as well to our partners with the Federal Aviation Association and Iowa DOT Department of Aviation for the assistance in the success of this project.”

The ICMA is presenting the Program Excellence awards virtually this week. For more information on Sioux Center’s award and other award winners, visit: ICMA is the world’s leading association of professional city and county managers and employees who serve local governments.

The Sioux County Regional Airport opened more than a year ago and serves multiple jets each week, frequent charter flights and heavy agricultural usage. Business jets that previously had to fly into Sioux Falls or other airports now are able to land on the regional airport’s 5,500-foot runway and can use it in all weather, using instrument landing approaches. The airport’s maintenance and inspection services and pilot/flight training are in high demand. In addition, multiple businesses are based on the airfield.

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