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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.

International Welcoming Efforts Get Recognition from The Governor

Local Leaders Focus on International Welcoming Efforts and Get Recognition from The Governor Iowa City – On November 21st, 2015 Kate Moreland from the Iowa City Area Development Group and Nancy Bird from the Iowa City Downtown District received the Karen Evans Immigrant Champion award from Governor Terry Branstad at the Immigrant Entrepreneur Summit in Ankeny Iowa....

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Presidential Post December 21, 2015

The PDI Board met last month to plan for 2016 and beyond. Steve Langerud facilitated our planning session and did an excellent job keeping us focused on a couple of key priorities identified over the past year with board and member input. PDI is a well-run organization with committed professionals leading our efforts and good financial footing....

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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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