PDI Blog

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 - September 1, 2013

PDI is the new 40! 2013 marks PDI's 40th year of delivering advocacy, professional development, education and the emphatic furtherance of the economic development profession in Iowa. ...

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Written by Brent Willett
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Professional Developers of Iowa Fall Conference Focuses on Leadership – Personalized Results Designed for Individuals Attending Conference

Thank you in advance for your participation in the 2013 Fall Conference. In the spirit of “Building an Economic Developer” we are inviting you to participate in two online Leadership Development audits. Upon registration you will receive electronic instructions and link to the two audits....

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Branstad's Balanced Approach to Economic Development is Yielding Results

I am perplexed that a recent guest editorial would criticize Governor Branstad for so actively promoting Iowa as an attractive place to invest. Last time I checked, that’s a critical responsibility of anyone holding the job title “Governor.”...

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Written by Debi Durham
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Midwest Partnership Selected for Regional Entrepreneurship Project

Midwest Partnership has become one of the first regions to be selected for the EDA University Center Regional Entrepreneurship Project. A grant was awarded to UNI's Business and Community Services Department to focus on developing a support system for entrepreneurship development in the region over a 5 year period. ...

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Written by PDI
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Iowa View: Skilled Iowa Benefits Workforce

The first year of Gov. Branstad's Skilled Iowa initiative has been a great success. Significant strides have been made to help address Iowa's middle skills job gap by upskilling Iowans and ensuring that job seekers and students have the tools needed for the careers of tomorrow....

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Written by Teresa Wahlert
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