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PDI's Blog will include legislative news, economic development news headlines, messages from our PDI President and other topics contributed by our membership. Choose from the list of contributors and categories, listed to the right,  to find the type of articles you are interested in.

Am I Considered a Professional?

Often I am asked, "When did you get certified in economic development?" In some ways, it seems like yesterday in 1993 enjoying my PDI comrades and celebrating being the first certified female in Iowa. I remember the group stating, "you passed the exam nationally, now you need to pass in Iowa." They proceeded to (in jest) grill me with Iowa-style questions. Now, as I understood, was considered a "professional." ...

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Presidential Post November 24, 2015

It is a great honor for me to serve in the role of PDI President this year. PDI thrived under Jason Hutcheson’s leadership in 2015. Your board of directors and I are committed to continuing this momentum....

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IWD Laborshed

Over the last 15 years, Iowa Workforce Development’s Laborshed Study has been a unique and effective economic development tool. Communities throughout Iowa use it to expand their existing businesses, attract prospective employers, maintain a high quality workforce, and make data-driven decisions. Unlike typical labor market information data, the Laborshed Study analyzes labor market information based upon commuting patterns into local areas regardless of jurisdictional (city, county, or state) boundaries. ...

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Iowa Area Development Groups Honored with USDA National Award

Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) received the USDA Abraham Lincoln Honor Award at a ceremony held today in Washington D.C. IADG was honored for expanding rural economic development opportunities in Iowa and across the nation by being a national advocate of USDA’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDL&G) Program, as well as other contributions and accomplishments of its rural sponsored economic development mission. ...

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Electric Specialty Manufacturing to Break Ground in Marion

Electric Specialty Manufacturing (ESM) will break ground on the construction of a new manufacturing facility on Tuesday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. The 14,000 square foot building will be located at 6451 Partners Ave. in the Marion Enterprise Center....

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