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Governor, IPEP release findings of 2014 Battelle Report, a new economic development roadmap for Iowa

After 18 months of work, countless meetings with subject-matter experts and Iowa stakeholders, and pages of data, statistics and indicators, the Battelle Report was released in late December 2014. Governor Terry Branstad joined representatives from the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP) -- the state’s CEO-level, industry-led advisory board co-chaired by the Governor and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds – to release the findings of the 2014 Battelle Report: Iowa’s Re-envisioned Economic Development Roadmap....

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The Presidential Post - February 13, 2015

The Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) sponsored the 2015 "Grow Iowa" Day at the Iowa State Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 4. ...

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The Presidential Post - January 23, 2015

With little doubt, your BRE program probably consumes a good majority on your time on a weekly basis. Between scheduling your Synchronist visits, conducting the calls, logging the results, and completing follow-up, it is perhaps the most underappreciated category of work local economic developers do....

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Transportation Day 2015 Set for January 28

Advocates for increased transportation infrastructure revenue will again hold Transportation Day in 2015. On January 28, participants from across the state will gather for a morning briefing before heading to the State Capitol to talk with Legislators about addressing the need to increase income for state, county, and city transportation projects....

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The Presidential Post - January 9, 2015

When it comes to politics, it is often said that if you are not sitting AT the table, you are likely to be ON the table! While PDI is not anticipating major defensive plays this upcoming legislative season, TIF is always an issue that can rear its ugly head at any point in time. ...

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