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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.

EntreFEST is Coming to Downtown Iowa City May 20-22!

EntreFEST, Iowa’s entrepreneur and innovation conference, is designed to be part summit, part resource hub, and part festival. This year, EntreFEST is set to offer over 90 sessions to address the needs of Iowa’s growing business and entrepreneurial communities along four different tracks: The Business Owners track, the Startup Founders track, the Community Champions track, and the Corporate Innovators tracks are specifically designed to take the work of all attendees to the next level....

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The Presidential Post - April 7, 2015

Spring has finally arrived, and that means PDI's spring event (in conjunction with the SMART Conference) is just around the corner. The education committee led by Stacie LoVan, Greg Theis, and Sandy Ehrig has done a terrific job preparing the content for Wednesday afternoon. If you have not registered yet, there is still time (http://www.pdiowa.com/wcm/Members/EventDetail?EventKey=SPR15....

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EPLAST awarded $2 million USDA Rural Economic Development Loan

ELPLAST America Inc. has been awarded a $2 million USDA Pass-Through Loan to aid in the construction of their new 32,000 sq. ft. facility in the Marion Enterprise Center. United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the award as a part of a total of $31 million in loans and grants for organizations in 12 states to promote rural economic development. The ELPLAST loan application was sponsored by the Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) as the company will be served by CIPCO member, Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative....

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Iowa City MSA Third Strongest Iowa Economy

The Iowa City MSA, which includes Johnson and Washington Counties, jumped 14 spots to number 38, among 381 MSAs nationwide, in the new Economic Strength Rankings just released by POLICOM. This places our area as the third strongest metro economy in the state, behind Des Moines and the Council Bluffs-Omaha area....

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The Presidential Post - February 27, 2015

Isn't it great when something gets accomplished? After years of expressing concern over funding for Iowa's roads and bridges, the Iowa Legislature and Governor Branstad finally took action and passed a 10 cent fuel tax increase in February. ...

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