Rock Valley scrambles to keep up with growth

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa (AP) — The northwest Iowa city of Rock Valley is scrambling to deal with a growing population.

The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/12VkbRv ) city officials credit a strong local economy for the 24 percent population growth from 2000 to 2010. The increase made the Sioux County city the second fastest-growing in northwest Iowa, behind Sergeant Bluff.

Rock Valley now has a population of 3,354.

The city is expanding to the east and plans to begin construction of a new street in May.

Development Director Jim Vander Velde says the city’s business growth makes it hard to provide enough housing.

About 900 people commute to jobs in Rock Valley.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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