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By Sandy Ehrig, PDI President

Sandy Ehrig
Sandy Ehrig
PDI President
PDI Members, If you wonder:

  •  Why Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) was included in the IEDA legislative agenda?
  •  What ESOP means to you and your local businesses?
Please join us for a FREE Audio Conference for PDI Members on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

"How is ESOP a NEW retention tool for Iowa economic development?"

PDI and the Iowa Economic Development Authority will co-host a conference call. Tim Whipple will provide the background on the legislation and its purpose for Iowa's economic development. You will hear from experts on what you need to know about the ESOP tool. This is the CALL you'll want to make!

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Sandy Ehrig,
President, Professional Developers of Iowa


 IASourceLink Registration Information

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is sponsoring IASourceLink - a statewide network for entrepreneurial assistance, powered by Iowa's small business resource providers.

A web-based platform, IASourceLink will facilitate effective use of Iowa's entrepreneurial service providers by efficiently linking small businesses to the right resources at the right time. IASourceLink will leverage your marketing efforts by connecting you with the customers you have identified as needing your organization's core services. You will be able to enter your conferences, webinars, and training on a state-wide calendar of events. IASourceLink is part of the national small business network facilitated by the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship.

More Information >>

 IIC Announces ISU Technologies Webinar August 30, 1:30

The Iowa Innovation Corporation is sponsoring a second webinar to present university technologies to the broader Iowa community. This webinar, like the first, features ISU technologies. However, discussions are underway and soon we will be presenting not only technologies from all three state universitites but also technologies from the private sector.

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 Conference to Focus on Risks and Rewards of Exporting

The Iowa Innovation Gateway and its partners will be hosting a one-day conference on November 2nd in Brooklyn, Iowa focused on the risks and rewards of exporting. The conference is great for both companies that currently export and companies that are thinking about exporting. In addition to a great line up of speakers, there will be many resource providers there to network with at the conference. Go to to register and find out more about the conference. Also attached is a flyer that can be posted.

More Information & Registration>>

 What Does It Take to Facilitate Iowa's Innovation Economy?

Don't worry, this is a question that we get asked often. It is usually the follow-up question to "who is the Iowa Innovation Corporation?" So the simple, perhaps somewhat flip answer to the what-do-you-do question, is lots of meetings and lots of conversations. But, to better answer both questions, we have put together this weekly update. This brief update is not intended to list every conversation we have, but it is designed to demonstrate the diversity of our scope of work, as well as educate about the services and value we provide.

If you have questions, we invite you to contact our offices at 515.421.4039 or

The Complete Iowa Innovation Corporation Newsletter >>

 DOT Transportation Improvement Program Available for Review
Business Record Daily AM, August 10

The Iowa Department of Transportation's (DOT) draft of the Iowa Statewide Transportation Improvement Program is available for public review. The program identifies projects proposed to be authorized for federal funding provided during fiscal years 2013 to 2016. The draft can be viewed at, and a public meeting will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the Iowa DOT headquarters in Ames. Comments on the draft can also be submitted to the Iowa DOT or the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.

 DNR Stakeholder Involvement Opportunity - Groundwater-related contamination

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proposing a rulemaking effort to rewrite Chapter 133 of the DNR's rules. The existing Chapter 133 addresses only groundwater-related contamination. The DNR is proposing to clarify the scope of Chapter 133, which will cover most forms of contamination not under the purview of another regulatory program. The proposed chapter would primarily be applicable to a party who is responsible for contamination. Attached is a draft proposal of the chapter. Also attached is a document that describes the purpose and proposed principles of rewriting Chapter 133.

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 Mark Your Calendar

Mark your Calendar: PDI Grow Iowa Day at the Capitol 2013:
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Iowa State Capitol Rotunda


Iowa Bankers Association


 $750 Million Natural Gas Plant Proposed for Marshalltown
August 2, 2012, Times-Republican

Alliant Energy announced Thursday plans to build a multi-million dollar, natural gas-fired generating station in Marshalltown.

The plant will cost between $650 and $750 million to build. Regulatory decisions permitting, the plant would be up and running the second quarter of 2017.




Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce & Convention and Visitors Bureau

Welcome to Council Bluffs!

On behalf of the City of Council Bluffs and Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau, it is my pleasure to extend my warmest invitation to the Professional Developers of Iowa. We are an award winning tourist destination and the chosen home of many residents and modern businesses.

An historic, river-city town, Council Bluffs has made its mark as "Iowa's Leading Edge" – from the exploring days of Lewis & Clark to the technology and progress shown today. While you are here, I hope you will take time to discover all that Council Bluffs has to offer.

History buffs are sure to enjoy our top notch museums and restoration of many of our historic buildings and neighborhoods. The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, our extensive hiking/biking trails, and recreational complex are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

Entertainment is easy to find at any of our three casino resorts, featuring live entertainment, Las Vegas style gaming, world-class dining, greyhound racing and other forms of fun. Council Bluffs is your “concert connection” at the Mid-America Center & Arena, also home to the Council Bluffs Express Arena Football. Plus, enjoy the nearby Famous Dave's Bar-B-Q, Ruby Tuesday's, Quaker Steak and Lube and Bass Pro World featuring the Uncle Bucks and many more new restaurants in the shopping district. If you're looking for a place to stay, we have over 2000 hotel rooms from modest to deluxe and extended stay that will fit your needs and budget.

With all this to offer and more, it's no wonder that thousands of visitors like you make it a point to "get together in the bluffs."


Bob Mundt Signature

Bob Mundt
Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce

 Remembering Tom Simmering

Thomas "Tom" Simmering, 64, of 1323 N. Shore Drive, Clear Lake, Iowa, died Thursday, August 2, 2012, in Kenora, Ontario, Canada, while on his 42nd annual fishing trip with lifelong friends. Tom was born September 24, 1947, in Ames, Iowa, the son of Lawrence Frederick and Jenny Lucille (Pullen) Simmering. Tom graduated from Ames High School in 1966, where he excelled on the football field for the Little Cyclones, then continued on to graduate from Luther College in 1970, and Iowa State University Graduate School in 1973.

Tom married JoEllen Steil on December 21, 2004.

Tom was a partner in the municipal consulting firm of Simmering-Cory, Inc. Tom was well known in the State of Iowa for his knowledge of and expertise in Urban Renewal and Urban Revitalization. He assisted more than 250 cities and counties with preparing and implementing Urban Renewal and Urban Revitalization Plans that resulted in a variety of development projects across the state. He very much enjoyed his work and the interesting people he met during his associations with the various cities and counties that he worked for.


 Did You Know...

...that PDI offers a Provisional Membership Status for existing PDI members it is an opportunity to maintain their PDI membership if they lose their job with their organization through no fault of your own. The PDI Board of Directors recently approved a provisional"“job loss" program that will allow a PDI member to continue his/her membership so that he/she can continue to receive emails, newsletters, and an opportunity to participate in events at membership rates. This new "job loss" program will allow for these individuals to maintain their network of colleagues and potentially develop their careers. If your job has been affected or you need additional information, please contact Lynn Harkin, PDI Executive Director (, and notify her of your status. PDI is committed to assisting its members through these tough economic times. We hope that the next quarters of 2012 turn out to be vibrant times of economic recovery benefiting Iowa.

 Job Opportunities:

Executive Director, Cedar Co. ED Comm
Economic Development Coordinator, City of Davenport
Executive Director, Chamber & Development Council of Crawford County
Consultant, Business Solutions, DMACC, Ankeny Campus
Economic Development Director, Shelby County DevelopSource seeks Director
Executive Director, Fairfield Chamber of Commerce

More on Job Opportunities >>


 Nurturing Clean Tech and Its Benefits in Your Community

August 16, 2012
2:30-4:00 pm EST
More Information & Registration >>

 Iowa Innovation Corporation - ISU Technologies Webinar

August 30, 2012
1:30-4:00 pm
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 Iowa Downtown Summit

Tuesday-Wednesday, August 21-22, 2012
Presented by the IEDA and the Federal Home Loan Bank (Des Moines)
Keokuk, IA
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 ProLearning Lab Educational Webinar

August 23, 2012
1:00 pm
"Ten New Ways to Support Entrepreneurs"
More Information & Registration >>

 44th Annual Midwest U.S. – Japan Association

September 16-18, 2012
Hilton Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota
More Information >>

 PDI Fall Conference
"Exploring the Silicon Prairie….Technology & Economic Development"

Wednesday — Friday, September 26-28, 2012
Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Hilton Garden Inn and Country Inn & Suites
Terry Bailey, Lori Holste & Jason Hutcheson, Conference Co-Chairs

 Great Plains Energy Codes Conference

October 16-18, 2012
Marriott in Regency Plaza
Omaha, Nebraska
More Information & Registration >>

 Iowa Innovation Gateway's Annual Export Conference

November 2, 2012
Michael J. Manatt Community Center
105 Jackson Street
Brooklyn, IA 52211
More Information & Registration >>

 2012 Competitiveness Conference & Site Selector Forum

December 2-4, 2012
Intercontinental Hotel Chicago
Chicago, IL
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PDI Thanks the 2012 Sponsors



Alliant Energy

Renew Rural Iowa
Council Bluffs Regional Economic Development Commission

Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau

Triple Event Sponsors
ITC Midwest
Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corp.
Iowa Economic Development Authority

Conference Supporting Sponsors
Black Hills Energy
Pioneer Hi-Bred International
Iowa Workforce Development

Conference Exhibit Sponsors - Fall & Spring
Ady Voltedge
Convergent Non Profit Fundraising
Iowa Business Growth
Iowa State University CIRAS
JEO Consulting Group Inc.
North Iowa Corridor Development Corp.
Peoples Company
Spring Only
Viebicher Associates Inc.

Fall Only
Iowa City Area Development Group Inc.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Iowa Small Business Development Centers
Iowa Telecommunications Association

BREI Award
Smart Solutions Group
& Blane Canada

Contributing Sponsors - Fall & Spring
Iowa Association of Business & Industry
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative

Contributing Sponsors - Spring Only
Iowa Utility Association

Contributing Sponsors - Fall Only
Access Energy Cooperative
Buchanan County Economic Development
Guthrie County Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Midland Power Cooperative


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