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2017 Fall Conference - Rise to the Occassion

Here's your best opportunity this fall to LEARN something new on thought leadership in economic development and ENJOY some work and play with your peers. ...

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Fall Conference Keynote: Ron Kitchen

Meet PDI’s Keynote Speaker for the Upcoming 2017 Fall Symposium: Ron Kitchens, CEO Southwest Michigan First To emphasize this year’s conference theme, “Rise to the Occasion: Thought Leadership in Economic Development”, Ron’s focus will be to assist leaders to accelerate their impact and well-being in career, family and community....

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PDI Presidential Post - July 18, 2017

We sometimes hear from members that wish PDI could be more proactive on policies rather than always having to play defense to protect programs and policies at the Iowa State Capitol. While PDI certainly has had to play lots of defense over the past few decades to defend TIF, department funding and several other priorities. It is important to remember that PDI members’ best ideas do often become law. Many times PDI has had other entities bring forward and take the lead in developing and promoting the legislation. Here are a couple of recent successes, which can be attributed to the ideas put forth by PDI members....

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Nominate your Future PDI Board Leaders

This year's annual meeting will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017 during the PDI Fall Conference at the Doubletree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A nomination committee has been appointed, with current Vice President Carla Eysink chairing the group. The committee will be accepting nominations through July 25, 2017. PDI is a member-driven organization with a great tradition of an active board – the terms are three years....

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President's Message - June 2017

You talked and we listened. Many comments were made on the PDI Spring Event evaluation about tax credits and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) — so much so that we are adding a general session at the Fall Conference. Several of PDI's member experts, Jason Hutcheson, Burlington; Dan Culhane, Ames; and Chad Schreck, Mason City will round out the panel. ...

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