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Sioux City MSA Ranked #1 for Income Growth

The Sioux City metropolitan statistical area has been identified as having the largest personal income growth in the nation, according to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and 24/7 Wall St. ...

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Presidential Post - Augusts 6, 2015

One of the great things about this business of economic development is the opportunity to meet and interact with newbies. For some, a job in economic and community development is the first full-time gig out of college, and for others, it could be a career-change after decades of service in another industry....

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IASourceLink Regional Lunches

IASourceLink is proud to collaborate with economic development Resource Partners from across the state. Throughout August, the IASourceLink team will host a series of regional lunches in appreciation of the collaborative efforts put forth by these organizations in helping Iowa businesses succeed....

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Nominate Your Future PDI Board Leaders

A nomination committee has been appointed, with current Vice President Wayne Pantini chairing the group. The committee will be accepting nominations through Friday, July 31, 2015. PDI is a member-driven organization with a great tradition of an active board - the terms are three years....

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Brownfield Grant Funding Workshop

Community Brownfield Revitalization Grant Funding Workshop - Sept 15, Grinnell, Iowa 

As a leader in your community, you know that it can be difficult to redevelop abandoned, underutilized, or neglected properties, especially when environmental issues related to liability and costs for regulatory cleanup are present. Does your community have a closed gas station, abandoned petroleum bulk plant, or a vacant building with questions about how to deal with asbestos that has hindered reuse interest in redevelopment? If so, you have a brownfield site in your community, and there are resources to help turn that site into something useful! Vibrant community spaces such as housing, parks, trails, and job-creating businesses can be developed on previously used sites, including brownfields. Putting these sites back into use decreases blight, creates jobs, generates additional tax revenues, saves municipal costs, and spurs economic development in the surrounding area.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Brownfields Program and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program (TAB) at Kansas State University invite you to a free workshop, with lunch included, to help Iowa communities learn about brownfield properties and how to fund environmental assessment and cleanup, as well as resources for reinvestment at those sites, through a number of different available resources.

Who should attend:

  • local government elected officials and managers
  • economic development staff
  • community grant writers
  • community members
  • real estate developers
  • commercial real estate brokers
  • lenders
  • regional economic development agencies consultants,
  • city and regional planners and
  • those interested in financial resources for local redevelopment


Topics will include:

  • What is a Brownfield and Steps for Successful Redevelopment
  • State and Federal Brownfields Programs
  • Rural and Regional Brownfield Funding Resources
  • Leveraging Resources
  • Success Stories– Speakers from surrounding area. 

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 15th, from 9:30am-4pm, at the Drake Community Library, at 930 Park St. in Grinnell, Iowa. While there is no cost to attend, pre-registration is required. 


There is no cost to attend, but registration is required by September 10, 2015.

(Complementary lunch is included – sponsored by HR Green Companies, Cedar Rapids, Iowa) 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE WORKSHOP AND TO REGISTER at: www.ksutab.org/education/workshops/ 

(If you need help with your registration, please contact Sheree Walsh, chsr@ksu.edu785-532-6519

Questions? Contact: Mel Pins, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, mel.pins@dnr.iowa.gov515-725-8344 

Margaret Renas, Delta Institute & KSU TAB Partner, mrenas@delta-institute.org(312) 554-0900, x13

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