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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.

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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Economic Development Organizations Receive BRE Awards

The Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) honored economic development organizations from the Ida County, Sheldon, Lee County and Northwest Iowa areas during the SMART Economic Development Conference held in Des Moines on May 4. (Second of a 2-part highlight.) ...

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Economic Development Organizations Receive Awards for Business Retention and Expansion Efforts

The PDI Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Awards Program recognizes the outstanding efforts of local and regional economic development initiatives in supporting growth and expansion of existing Iowa companies....

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Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds kick of Iowa Year of Manufacturing

As many of you may already know, advanced manufacturing makes up the largest single business sector of Iowa’s GDP. More than 6,100 manufacturers contribute in excess of $29 billion to our state’s economy. In recognition of this important industry, Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds officially kicked off the Year of Manufacturing initiative last week....

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