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By Sandy Ehrig, PDI President

Sandy Ehrig
Sandy Ehrig
PDI President
The legislators are back in town and PDI is back "in gear" to work on the "Grow Iowa" agenda! Our members know the value of local tools for economic development. Since Tax Increment Financing tops the list, PDI members will have the opportunity for a conversation with Bob Josten. Bob is our expert PDI member with examples and guiding principles for TIF to continue as a valuable economic development tool. Please join the conversation on Wednesday, January 25 from 3:30 - 5:00.

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Grow Iowa Day is fast approaching and you won't want to miss the chance to promote your organization with a booth in the rotunda or by chatting with your legislators on the PDI legislative issues. You can Click here for details.)


 Certified Site Informational Meeting: Feb 1st

On February 1st at 3:00 p.m. (immediately following the PDI Grow Iowa Day in Des Moines) please join Don Schjeldahl and Jonathan Gemmen with the Austin Company and the Iowa Economic Development Authority to learn more about the Certified Site program. Among the discussion items: the need for site certification, perspective on what companies need now and into the future, and how your community aligns with those trends. The informational meeting will be held in the IEDA Main Conference Room at 200 E Grand Ave in Des Moines.

If you plan to attend, please contact Chris Cataldo at either or 515.725.3157.

 Marketing Plan Rollout

There are still three locations available statewide for meetings with Director Durham as she outlines the new approach the Agency will be taking with marketing strategies. We need our local economic development partners to align marketing strategies and to make as big of an impact as possible with the marketing resources available. RSVP to Kathy Anderson with your preferred location via email to Call Kathy at 515.725.3149 with any questions. We do need an RSVP simply to notify you of changes if inclement weather arises or schedules change.

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 Iowa Library Services/State Library Launches First Capitol Complex IowaWORKS Access Point

Iowa Workforce Development is rapidly deploying access points across the state to bring workforce services closer to Iowans. Further enhancing this initiative is the launch of access points on the capitol complex. Iowa Library Services/State Library has installed access points at both the main library in the Ola Babcock Miller Building and at the Law Library in Iowa's Capitol Building. "Iowa Library Services and Iowa Workforce Development very much appreciate the great service provided by the access point libraries all around the state. 55,000 people walk through the doors of Iowa public libraries every day. Librarians have always worked hard to meet the needs of their customers, and are again responding to community needs by making the workforce access points available on library computers," said State Librarian Mary Wegner.

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 Business Retention & Expansion Awards

The PDI Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Awards Program recognizes the contribution of BRE to the success of local and regional economic development initiatives.

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 Entrepreneurs, Meet Your Angels
Business Record 1/11/12

Iowa entrepreneurs and potential investors will have a new forum at which to connect this spring, with the launch of the inaugural i2iowa Investors and Innovators forum on April 12.

The forum, organized by the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) and the Iowa Economic Development Authority, will match entrepreneurs with investors and other funding resources.



 $4M Project Planned at Local Plant
Former Omaha Cold Storage Site to See Upgrades
By Bill Shae, Messenger Staff Writer, The Messenger, January 11, 2012

A $4 million improvement project is planned for a cold storage facility north of Fort Dodge.

The project at the site once known as Omaha Cold Storage was revealed Tuesday by Vickie Reeck, the city's community development manager.



 Job Postings:

International Project Manager — Iowa Economic Development Authority

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 "Guiding Principles of TIF" — An Audio Conference for PDI Members

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
An educational opportunity regarding how we retain this valuable local economic development tool of tax increment financing (TIF)...a conversation with real examples to help us accomplish this with Bob Josten.

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 IEDC Leadership Summit

Empowering "Hall of Fame" Economic Development Leaders and Communities
January 29-31, 2012
San Antonio, Texas

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 PDI Grow Iowa Day at the Capitol 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Iowa State Capitol Complex, Des Moines, Iowa

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 Certified Site Program Overview Meeting

Wednesday, February 1st at 3:00 — immediately following PDI's Grow Iowa Day
IEDA Headquarters
200 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa (515) 725-3157 for more information

 Heartland Economic Development Course

April 15 — 19, 2012
Kansas City Area
[PDI Scholarships are available thru 3/31/12] — (800) 782-9520

 PPP Course — The Partners, the Profession and the Process

Monday, April 23, 2012
2:00-5:00 p.m.
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, 5400 University Avenue, West Des Moines, Iowa
To attend email: or

 BREI Training Course

WHO: Professionals in Economic Development
WHAT: BREI Community Economic Analysis Course
WHEN: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 – 9:00 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, 401 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Room rates: $104/night; Call (515) 244-2151 or Marriott Reservations (800) 514-4706
Identify that you are affiliated with the Professional Developers of Iowa Room Block

REGISTER: More information for registration will be available after March 1 at

 SMART Conference

Thursday, May 3, 2012
Des Moines, Iowa

 PDI Spring Event — Getting to Know IEDA

Friday, May 4, 2012
Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, Des Moines, Iowa
Registration materials available after March 1 at

 PDI Fall Conference

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

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