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2018 Best Practices ConferenceDSMSkyline

      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)

11:00 am Registration
11:30–12:00 pm       PDI New Member Orientation
12:00–12:40 pm      Lunch
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         Break
3:15 – 4:15 pm Concurrent Programming:

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

If you are attending ONLY the SMART Conference, REGISTER HERE

8:00 am - 4:00 pm   

     SMART ConferenceSmartConfLogo
     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  Break
10:00 – 11:00 am

General Session:  Prepared Communities Win Initiative

11:00 – 11:15 am  Break
11:15 –12:15 pm 

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Panel

12:15 pm Adjourn

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 (meetings@pdiowa.com) 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. 

Registration Fees

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 (director@pdiowa.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 .  


  • Online Registration System: Contact Karla Dunbar at karla@assnoffices.com or 614‐228‐4706
  • Specific Registration Codes: PDI ‐ Contact Lynn Harkin at director@pdiowa.com or 515‐334‐1067; 
    Mid‐America  EDC – Contact Karla Dunbar at karla@assnoffices.com or 614‐228‐4706
  • Conference Venue or Conference Schedule: Contact Kristen Dearden at meetings@pdiowa.com or