PDI Spring Event
2018 Best Practices Conference
Presented by Professional Developers of Iowa
and Mid-America EDC
May 1-3, 2018
Des Moines, Iowa
Schedule of Events
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (PDI & Mid-American EDC – Hilton Des Moines Downtown)
||PDI New Member Orientation
|12:45 – 1:00 pm
||Opening & Announcements
|1:00 – 3:00 pm
General Session/Keynote: The Age of the Multigenerational Workforce
|3:00 – 3:15 pm
|3:15 – 4:15 pm
Option #1: Workforce Housing Panel Discussion
Option #2: The Marketing Forum: Creative and Effective Strategies
for Small and Large EDOs
| 5:00 – 7:00 pm
|| Tuesday Night Reception at Hilton Des Moines Downtown
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 (Embassy Suites by Hilton – SMART Conference)
If you are attending ONLY the SMART Conference, REGISTER HERE
|8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Embassy Suites by Hilton
101 E. Locust, Des Moines, IA 50309
|5:00 – 7:00 pm
PDI/MAEDC Wednesday Reception
At the Iowa Tap Room, 215 E. 3rd Street, Suite 100, Des Moines, IA
(within walking distance from the Embassy Suites in East Village)
Thursday, May 3, 2018 (PDI & Mid-American EDC – Hilton Des Moines Downtown)
2018 Best Practices Conference
|7:30 – 8:30 am
||Registration & Continental Breakfast
|8:30 – 9:30 am
General Session: Redevelopment Panel
|9:30 – 10:00 am
|10:00 – 11:00 am
General Session: Prepared Communities Win Initiative
|11:00 – 11:15 am
|11:15 –12:15 pm
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Panel
The 2018 Best Practices Conference is recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts toward recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcD).
Best Practices Conference Hotel/Travel Information
Conference Meetings & Sleeping Rooms:
Hilton Des Moines Downtown
435 Park Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Reserve your hotel room now through Friday, April 20th
By Phone: 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667)
Use the code: PDI to receive the discounted rate of $134 per night (applicable taxes not included.)
After April 20, contact Kristen Dearden, PDI Meeting Planner (firstname.lastname@example.org) for available options
To and From the Airport: The Hotel Shuttle is available upon request. For airport runs, the shuttle is complementary. Taxi service is available with an estimated fare of $12.00-$15.00. Uber is also available.
Parking: Valet, Self-Parking Hilton Lot and Parking Garages are all available at various rates
2018 Best Practices Conference Registration
Registration Available Online: www.midamericaedc.org
Deadline: Tuesday, April 24th.
After April 24th, registrations will be processed onsite only with an additional $100 fee.
PDI & Mid‐America EDC: Full Conference (May 1, 2 & 3):
Members: $385 / Non‐Members: $485
PDI members use Registration Code: PDI2018 to receive member pricing.
ED Volunteers use Registration Code: VOL2018 to receive member rate.
New Iowa Members Only Package: $535
Iowans will receive a discounted rate on Mid‐America EDC 2018 membership when you bundle your new membership with the Full Conference registration.
PDI, Mid‐America & Best Practices SPONSOR Registration:
$0.00 Complimentary PDI Annual Sponsors: Contact Lynn Harkin (email@example.com)
or Tracey Hogan Tracey Hogan (Tracey@assnoffices.com) for more info.
SMART Conference Registration Only (May 2, 2018):
If you are attending the SMART Conference (May 2, 2018), REGISTER HERE .
SEE YOU AT THE 2018 BEST PRACTICES CONFERENCE!