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.

Advanced Manufacturing Hub step closer with State funds

The Cedar Valley TechWorks is one step closer to becoming the physical location of an Advanced Manufacturing Hub for the region and state thanks to legislation adopted this week. Nearly $4 million was included in Iowa Economic Development Authority appropriations for the project. ...

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Presidential Post - June 15, 2013

We know from PDI members like you that year in and year out, one of the top reasons identified for maintaining PDI membership is the association’s legislative advocacy efforts. The 2013 session, which adjourned sine die on Wednesday, May 22, was instructive of why. ...

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Written by Brent Willett
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Iowa DNR Chapter 133 Discussion

From Rick Allely, PDI's Representative to the Iowa DNR Committee Blake Birkel, PE in our Environmental Department and myself attended the Chapter 133 meeting at the Iowa DNR with a total of 38 people attending the meeting. ...

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Written by Iowa DNR, Brownfield
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UNI’s Advance Iowa program showcased at national entrepreneurial event

The Advance Iowa program, a new initiative from the University of Northern Iowa was highlighted and showcased at the 2013 National Economic Gardening Conference on June 6, in Kansas City....

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Written by PDI
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Presidential Post, May 15, 2013

It's a small industry, economic development. At least that's how it can feel to the hundreds PDI members who, perhaps along with a small staff and city colleague or two, are the only ones administering professional economic development services in their communities day in and day out. It can be a lonely business some days, as the next industry colleague- the person or persons who really get the complications, the pressures, what's really happening in your world- is sometimes a city or a town away. ...

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Written by Brent Willett
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