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New Regional Website “IowasCreativeCorridor.com” Launched in 2013

Website Targets Companies Looking to Expand or Locate in Region

(Iowa’s Creative Corridor) - In conjunction with new efforts to brand a seven county region in Eastern Iowa as “Iowa’s Creative Corridor,” the economic development agencies representing Linn, Johnson, Cedar, Iowa, Washington, Jones and Benton Counties, have launched a redesigned website to provide information to interstate commerce companies looking to expand or locate in the region.

The website IowasCreativeCorridor.com was launched in January 2013 and will serve as the primary source of information on available buildings and sites, infrastructure, workforce, and other business resources for start-ups and emerging companies.

Mark Nolte, ICAD Group President, says the update was necessary to provide a unified message for the region on economic development. “To compete on a global scale, we must do a better job of promoting the strengths of a larger region, such as workforce size and education attainment, along with our individual community assets,” said Nolte. “This website provides a single point of entry for anyone researching our area for economic development.”

Dennis Jordan, Economic Alliance economic development strategist, says the site helps streamline the process for site location consultants or potential employers and helps connect the region to its unique identity. “It’s important for the region to have a way to set itself apart from other areas of the country,” he says. “All that Iowa’s Creative Corridor encompasses shows we are an innovative region with a diverse economy and strong base.”

New features of the website include new maps and individual county profiles, easier navigation and more robust information for local business resources, and enhanced functionality for those browsing on mobile phones or tablets.

IowasCreativeCorridor.com joins other regional marketing efforts including a special regional section and advertisement in Delta Airline’s SKY Magazine; ShovelReadyIowa.com, promoting the state’s only independently certified economic development properties; the PickYourPace.com website which highlights quality of life for families and workforce in the region; and participation in PDI Grow Iowa Day on February 27, 2013, where regional marketing groups from across Iowa converge on the state capitol to attend legislative briefings and meet legislators from other regions.

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Several transportation funding opportunities are currently accepting applications:

Federal Recreational Trails Applications Due March 1st

The Federal Recreational Trails Program is targeted to both motorized and non-motorized recreational trails. The maximum grant amount is 80% of the total project cost. Approximately $1.2 million dollars is available statewide.

Safe Routes to Schools Applications Due March 1st
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national program to promote walking and bicycling to school. Eligible projects include recreational trails, sidewalks, signage, crosswalks, and safety or educational programs. The March 1, 2013, SRTS application round will be the last statewide application cycle as IDOT will award the remaining dedicated SRTS funds.

Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program Applications Due March 1st
The Iowa Clean Air Attainment Program (ICAAP) is designed to provide assistance for transportation projects resulting in attaining or maintaining National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Approximately $4-million dollars is available statewide through this program.

For additional information, view Region XII's funding update or contact the Local Assistance Department at the COG today at 712-792-9914.

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Presidential Post - February 1, 2013

On February 01, I had an opportunity to represent PDI on a ‘Partners Panel’ at the Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives annual conference. Topics of discussion were many, but I was struck by how consistent virtually each participant’s message and, subsequently, the substance of each audience member’s line of questioning, was. Advocate....

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Convergent Growth Continues with ByrneAllen Merger

Convergent Nonprofit Solutions announced on January 22, 2013 it is merging with ByrneAllen Corporation. Established in 1995, ByrneAllen specializes in managing fundraising capital campaigns for chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, and Habitat for Humanity affiliates. 

Read more in the press release.


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Presidential Post - January 15, 2012

Welcome to PDI’s New Website!

PDIowa.com is one of PDI's most important communication and member service tools, and over the past year, the association has invested significant financial and volunteer resources to fully overhaul and improve the site and its features. We've freshened the site's look, assimilated PDI social media resources into the experience, added important search functions and much more. Too, we've fully integrated PDI's member database into the site, meaning registration for events, contact information changes, receipt requests and more can be done in user-directed real time. As you review the site, we hope you'll notice more timely topical information delivery, better design and more efficient functionality. All this is not to suggest we don't have a bug or two to work out- we continue testing and appreciate any feedback you may have about the new site. And by 'we' I naturally mean 'Executive Director Lynn Harkin'.

Your login has been set up as your email address and your password is 1234567. Once you've logged into the site, you can click on 'My ACCT' and look for 'Login Credentials' in order to change your login/password.

I want to particularly thank Bruce Nuzum, Rob Williams, Shelly Turner, Darcy Watson and Lynn Harkin, who have managed this process from start to finish. This team has delivered to your association a fine product and contributed countless hours to see it through. Each of them deserves our gratitude.


Brent Willett
President, Professional Developers of Iowa

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