9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Delta Hotels by Marriott South Sioux City Riverfront

385 E 4th St, South Sioux City, NE

Scott Siepker


Scott Siepker is an actor, writer, producer, and filmmaker. Scott started off as a stage actor at Iowa State University and has gone on to co-found Iowa Filmmakers, which has been responsible for the Iowa Nice series of hit videos that included a two season run on ESPNU’s College Football Daily


In his presentation, Scott will talk about growing up in a small rural town and why he has decided to stay in Iowa even though his career is in acting and filmmaking, the benefits of embracing technology and the arts for rural communities moving forward, and how with Midwest culture being based in the community and leaning on each other to solve problems, we must surround ourselves with talented people AND ask for help.


V.J. Smith

V.J. Smith has over 20 years of public speaking experience and has given over 2500 presentations across the United States. He worked in management roles for a Fortune 500 company and a mid-sized university and has authored several books. During his morning session, you will be captivated by the message and life lessons in his talk, “The Richest Man in Town.” This is a true story about Marty, a man who ran a cash register at a big box store. He did three simple things that made him a superstar: 1) listened with his eyes; 2) made other people the center of attention; 3) was always grateful - for the people who came through his line and a job he loved. You will go on an emotional rollercoaster ride and think about this presentation for years to come.


$40 regular price, or $30 each for 3 or more attendees!



The Midstates Community and Economic Development Conference brings together large and small communities from the tri-state area to share experiences and gain new ideas on community and economic development. Attendees get an opportunity to network with and hear success stories from community and business leaders, mayors, city council members, county supervisors, development groups, chamber of commerce members, community volunteers and more.

Planning Partners:

City of South Sioux City

East River Electric Power Coop

ISU Extension and Outreach

MidAmerican Energy

Nebraska Extension

SDSU Extension

SIMPCO Council of Governments

Siouxland Community Foundation

Siouxland Economic Development Corporation

Siouxland Initiative

USDA Rural Development

Woodbury County Rural Economic  Development



Delta Hotels by Marriott South Sioux City Riverfront

385 E 4th St, South Sioux City, NE 68776



For more information, contact:

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Woodbury County

4728 Southern Hills Drive

Sioux City, IA 51106

(712) 276-2157

© 2019 Midstates Community and Economic Development Conference

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.


The fees for service will be used to offset direct expenses and to support the Midstates Community and Economic Development Conference County Extension Program.


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or status as a U.S. veteran, or other protected classes. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Diversity Advisor, 2150 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, 515-294-1482, All other inquiries may be directed to 800-262-3804.

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