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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.

Nate Clayberg Graduates from OU EDI

OU/EDI is an intensive week long, three-tier program, which provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the economic development professional....

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Do You Have a Brownfield in Your Community?

Do you have a brownfield in your community? Brownfields are defined as sites where redevelopment and reuse interest has been hindered by known, or suspected, environmental issues. ...

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ISU CIRAS assists Iowa Manufacturer

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach produced a video describing the assistance CIRAS provided to Hagie Manufacturing. Check it out - along with other video stories - on their web site. ...

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Communicating through PowerPoint for Economic Development Professionals

Thursday,March 28th, 2013- 1:00 PM CT

We’ve all heard the jokes, PowerPoint + Communications = Oxymoron. Death by PowerPoint. 

Ignorance is not an excuse. Presentation platforms are an essential ingredient of economic development. Economic development professionals’ use and MISUSE presentation software working to win support (resources and funding) and paint pictures of our communities. These presentations have real consequences for organizations and professionals. 

The difference between the butt of the joke or the buzz can be a thin line. Choose your side. 

This webinar focuses on effective communicating with presentation software. 

In this webinar you will learn how to: 

  • Build a powerful backdrop
  • Open with force
  • Differentiate your message
  • Close
  • Make a connection
  • Pop your facts
  • Mesmerize not hypnotize

Invest in your career. Improve your communications skills. 

EXTRA, EXTRA… Submit a prospect, board or a civic group presentation for review and personalized feedback from our team. The review is FREE to all webinar participants! 

Bring your team… Bring your questions… Start communicating more effectively with your presentation tools… 


Date: March 28th, 2013

Time: 1:00 PM CT

Run Time: 90 Minutes; 60 Min. presentations; 30 Min Q&A with Discussion

Registration: http://pdicommunicatingpowerpoint.eventbright.com   

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Heather Smith-Baker

VP Communications

Southwest Michigan First

Kalamazoo, MI 

As the VP of Communications, Ms. Baker is responsible for aligning Southwest Michigan First’s messages, communications, and overall strategy. She leads brand development for Southwest Michigan First and its affiliated companies including Kalamazoo Area Chamber; Catalyst University, the Life Science Fund, and First Angels. Ms. Baker manages media relations for Southwest Michigan First and has worked with FOX Business News, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chemical & Engineering News, The New York Times and Forbes. 

PowerPoint presentations are an important tool for the 15-member team of Southwest Michigan First. Communicating visually is always a priority for the communications team led by Ms. Baker. 

Eric P. Canada 

Eric Canada of Blane, Canada Ltd. is a nationally recognized authority on Economic Development: Marketing and Existing Business Strategy. His best selling book,Economic Development: Marketing for Results! introduced economic developers to what is now known as business-to-business (B2B) marketing. The companion publication, Marketer's Planning Guide has helped hundreds of development professionals formulate and write their organization's marketing plan. 

Blane, Canada Ltd. helps clients capture marketing and existing business opportunities through more effective marketing. As a speaker/trainer Mr. Canada has worked hard to understand the medium and create his own voice. Like everything, ups and downs. it is a journey.

Eric P. Canada

Blane, Canada Ltd.

1506 Cadet, Suite 100

Wheaton, IL 60189


@edmarketingpro / twitter


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Join PDI and IEDA on March 26

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is partnering with Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) on a one-day event for statewide economic development partners on Tuesday, March 26.  

PDI is hosting the PPP Course—The Partners, the Profession and the Process during the morning session at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, 5400 University Avenue, West Des Moines, Iowa from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon, and will include lunch. 

Anyone new to  economic development in Iowa or those new to the profession of economic development are encouraged to register.  The half day will provide insight about the professional education,  partnerships and resources available to help you succeed.   

IEDA is hosting the afternoon session, Getting to Know IEDA, at 200 E. Grand Avenue from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

IEDA’s afternoon session will provide an overview and/or update on many of the IEDA programs that local economic developers work with on a regular basis.   

The agenda for the Getting to Know IEDA session includes all of the following program and updates: opening presentation by Debi Durham, legislative updates, business development program updates including International Trade and Exports, High Quality Jobs and other incentives, EB-5 program, Demonstration Fund, Community Development programs, Downtown Resource and Main Street program, Marketing and Tourism and more. 

To register, visit www.pdiowa.com . 

For questions, contact Kathy Anderson at kathy.anderson@iowa.gov or 515.725.3149.



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