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.

IWD - Iowa Unemployment Drops to 5.1 Percent

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged down to 5.1 percent in October from 5.2 percent in September, and was also down from 5.8 percent one year ago. Meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.9 percent in October from 7.8 percent in September, but was one percentage point lower than the year ago rate of 8.9 percent. ...

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Smarter Email Subject Lines

One of the most common frustrations many of my readers and program attendees mention are poor e-mail subject lines. The most mentioned "pet peeves" are e-mail subjects that are too vague and/or give you a false sense of timeliness (for example -- you have no idea there is something urgent burning inside of the e-mail due to the casual subject line.)...

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Written by Randy Dean
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Randy Dean's Top 10 Time Savers/Productivity Enhancers

As a time management, productivity, and e-mail efficiency expert, I'm always looking for ways to find a few seconds here and there in things I'm already doing anyway, and e-mail is something I'm doing every day! ...

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Configuring Your Smart Phone/Tablet for True Mobile Productivity

This month, I would like to share with you some of the key aspects in my very popular new program on Smart Phone Success & Terrific Tablets....

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Written by Randy Dean
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Presidential Post - November 29,2012

Brentwillet2012 is winding down, and we are gearing up for the 2013 PDI year. There is still time to get involved and plan your role in your professional organization. Take a look at the committees on PDI and let us know on which you'd like to serve this year, be it Education, Legislative, Membership, Communications or Conference. Contact Executive Director Lynn Harkin at director@pdiowa.com to secure your spot.

You will soon receive information on 2013 sponsorship package opportunities. Please consider how your organization may wish to participate and promote your work through a PDI sponsorship in the coming year.

Please mark your calendar for February 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and plan to participate in Grow Iowa Day at the Iowa State Capitol. It's our first major PDI event in the new year. We look forward to seeing many of you in the Capitol rotunda to help maintain and improve our influence with our legislators.

Thank you for all the work you are doing to grow your communities and our great state.

Written by Brent Willett
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