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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.

Presidential Post - October 1, 2013

Farewell messages tend to drift toward the self-indulgent, and so I'll do my best to avoid that trap and say only that is has been an absolute pleasure, and I have more people to thank than I could have imagined when I assumed the role of PDI President last November....

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Written by Brent Willett
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Bill Menner Receives National Rural Hospital Award

Bill Menner, U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director in Iowa, recently received the 2013 Critical Access and Rural Hospital Champion Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)....

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Happy 40th Anniversary PDI - From Debi Durham

Thank you for inviting the Iowa Economic Development Authority to extend its congratulations to Professional Developers of Iowa for this huge milestone. It is no small feat to serve as a member organization for 40 years. Economic development professionals know full well how much has changed within that time and how challenging it is to shepherd a community, region or state through those changes. ...

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Written by Debi Durham
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Comments Welcome at Upcoming Broadband Committe Meetings

The STEM Advisory Council Broadband Committee is soliciting input from stakeholders all across Iowa who can offer insights into the unique broadband challenges facing the state, as well as provide thoughts on possible solutions. ...

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Written by Amy Kuhlers
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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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