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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.

And we call it PDI because... a long look back!

In 1973 the incorporation of the Iowa Professional Developers (IPD) was a formalization of what had previously been a quasi-professional/social group of what were known then as industrial developers. Its membership was comprised of primarily employees of the state development commission, utility and railroad companies (there were many more of those organizations at that time) and some full time community developers. ...

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Written by Don Chaplain
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Spirit Lake, Spencer named Top Micropolitans of 2013

SpiritLake and Spencer, Iowa have recently been named on the 2013 Top Micropolitans (by number of projects) list by Site Selection magazine. SpiritLake is tied at 41st place with three projects, while Spencer is tied at 70th with two projects. ...

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Written by PDI
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Investing in Local Food Infrastructure Open Meeting

Attend an open meeting hosted by the Regional Food Systems Working Group (RFSWG) and the Iowa Food Systems Council (IFSC) regarding the challenges and opportunities for growing fresh food processing businesses in Iowa....

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Written by PDI
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The Presidential Post, February 21, 2014

The arrival of Spring means that PDI’s Spring Event will be here before we know it. This year, PDI will be offering a 1/2 day educational event on May 2, the Friday following the SMART Conference. The focus of the Friday morning conference will be on “Rewriting the Rural Narrative: Developing Your Plan to Attract and Retain Newcomers.”...

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Written by Stacie LoVan
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Iowa City Projected to Lead State in GMP Growth

According to a recent study, Iowa City was ranked at the top among Iowa metros for projected gross metropolitan product (GMP) in 2014, measuring the economic output of a region. For Iowa City, GMP growth in 2014 is projected to be 2.4%....

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