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PDI 40 Years

By Stacie LoVan, PDI President

Stacie LoVan
PDI President
It's hard to believe that it is December and 2014 is right around the corner! As you are entrenched in preparations for holiday events, family activities, and end-of-the-year prospect activities, remember to take a few minutes to reflect on your successes in 2013 and identify new initiatives you would like to implement in your community next year. As an economic development professional, you are the community's cheerleader. It is your responsibility to celebrate the year's successes and to set the stage for the direction of your organization in the upcoming year. It is easy to get buried in the details of day-to-day activities, so I challenge all of us to set aside some time in the next month to celebrate, brainstorm and strategize.

Last week, you should have received your 2014 PDI dues notices. The format is a little different this year as we are providing you with the opportunity to pay for the 2014 Spring and Fall Conference with your dues. We have heard from some members that this would ease their paperwork and payment processing. Please take advantage of this opportunity if it works for you. We will still need you to complete a conference registration form at a later time to identify your session preferences and activity participation. Unfortunately, we are unable to include the option to pay for add-on conference activities at this time.

The PDI offices will be closed December 24-27 for Christmas and December 31 - January 1 for New Year's. The office will be open December 23 and 30 to process any end-of-year payments for those who prefer to pay their PDI dues before year-end. Please call our awesome Executive Director, Lynn Harkin, if you have any questions regarding year-end payments.

Have a magical Christmas and New Year! See you in 2014!

Stacie LoVan
President, Professional Developers of Iowa

PDI Headquarters Offices will be closed:
December 24-27 for the Christmas Holiday
December 31-January 1 for the New Year
Staff will be available December 23 & 30 for end of the year transactions



 PDI as Peer Group

"PDI was the peer group entity that helped me develop my skills for this important profession. I owe a debt of gratitude to PDI and many talented individuals that have mentored me over the years and afforded me the opportunity to serve on committees and the board and eventually chair the organization back in 2000." "PDI membership and involvement is a must for anyone engaged in economic development in Iowa. PDI is what it is today because of strong influencers like the late Hugh Lamont, Glen Ivarsen, Randy Pilkington, Don Chaplain, Kathy Evert, LaDene Bowen, Craig Hamilton, and Dan Anderson, to name a few; as well as many, many more people that have made PDI a difference maker here in our state."

- Dan Culhane, CEcD, CCE, Ames Economic Development Commission, PDI President 2000

In 1988 I joined PDI (then Iowa Professional Developers) in part to learn from others in the profession as well as broaden my network of peers. Over the last 25 years I have watched the organization grow nearly 600% in membership and fulfill two of its most important missions — education, and a peer to peer network like no other. In 2002 I was honored to serve as President of PDI. It was the same year PDI adopted its slogan of Vision - Action - Growth and launched its proactive approach to public policy advocacy. PDI continues to mature and provide leadership and direction not only to its members, but also to policymakers, community leaders and others engaged in the process of economic development. PDI without question lives up to its mission and slogan of Vision - Action - Growth.

-Dan Anderson, CEcD, EDFP, President 2002

 Stacie LoVan Talks about PDI's 40th Anniversary




 Grow Iowa Day Details Now Available!





 PDI Members: Send Us Your Stories!

Economic developers, we need your stories for our newsletter. Send us your press releases about successes, awards, recognition, best practices, new programs, etc. Send your articles and press releases to Lynn Harkin at Your peers can learn from you!

 Professional Developers of Iowa Releases 2014 Legislative Agenda
By Matthew Patane, Des Moines Register, Dec. 9, 2013

Continued investment in the state's workforce training programs and full funding for the Iowa Economic Development Authority are among the priorities for a statewide economic development organization in the upcoming legislative session.

The Professional Developers of Iowa, a statewide nonprofit economic development organization that has more than 320 individuals as members, released its legislative agenda late last week as Iowa approaches the start of the 2014 session.


View PDI's Legislative Agenda >>

 Iowa Fertilizer Company Provides Progress Update
Reprinted from the Lee County Economic Development Group Newsletter, November, 2013

Shawn Rana
Questions regarding Iowa Fertilizer Company's progress and plans were detailed during the Industry Summit. The President of the Iowa Fertilizer Company, Shawn Rana, reinforced their commitment to Southeast Iowa, emphasizing Iowa Fertilizer's mission to utilize local resources as frequently as possible. Mr. Rana stated "approximately 80% of the plant's products would be shipped by truck." With Mr. Rana's desire to keep business transactions local, he specifically noted opportunities to capitalize on local truckers in the distribution plans.

More Information >>

 Business Expansion & Strategic Trends of Iowa Iowa Competitive Capacity ScoreCard 2013

Click here for the Executive Summary Dated October 1, 2013 >>

 Hospital Construction Project to Make History in Davenport
By Deidra Baker, Quad City Times, December 12, 2013

One of the largest construction projects in Davenport history will begin in June with the aim of positioning Genesis Health System as a leading U.S. medical provider as officials say it improves patient health outcomes and hospital experiences.

Today, health system officials will announce a $138.5 million construction project focused on the Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street campus. Plans call for 203,000 square feet of new construction and 115,000 square feet of renovations at the Genesis hospital campus in east-central Davenport.


 Cedar Rapids Seeks to Partner with Private Sector to Build a City Wi-Fi System
By Rick Smith, The Gazette, December 10, 2013

City officials will seek proposals from Internet providers in January 2014 with an eye to creating a public-private partnership to build a Wi-Fi network in the city.

Dominic Roberts, the city's chief information officer, said the city's plan is for the Wi-Fi network to start downtown in 2014 and expand from there.






Heartland is a "Must Do" for Economic Developers

The Heartland Economic Development Course offers five days of intensive training in the basic concepts, information, methods and strategies of local economic development. Essentially, it is economic development boot camp. This multi-state basic economic development course ranks at the top of the IEDC accredited courses and fulfills one of the educational requirements toward professional certification.

Alumni rave about Heartland who find it engaging, educational, and relevant to their specific needs. "I heard this was a very good course. I had high expectations, which were exceeded!"

More Information >>

Testimonials from a PDI members about their scholarship experience...

Dear Professional Developers of Iowa Board,

Josh Heggen
I want to truly thank the Professional Developers of Iowa for supporting members' continuing education with scholarships for members. I attended the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute (OU-EDI) in Indianapolis November 3-7. This was the second step in my process to become a Certified Economic Development Professional through the International Economic Development Council. Earlier this year I attended the Heartland Economic Development Course with the assistance of MidAmerican Energy, which is the first step. As budget allows, I plan to attend future OU-EDI trainings in the upcoming years.

During the Institute in Indianapolis I attended courses focusing on Real Estate Development and Reuse, Economic Development Strategic Planning, Technology's Role in Managing the Economic Development Office and Predictive Analytics. I learned a tremendous amount during these sessions and have pages of notes to review with ideas to implement in Norwalk. I also appreciated the networking opportunities provided at OU-EDI and made several great contacts I know I will be in touch with in the future.

I will encourage any PDI members who have not taken advantage of the scholarships offered for continue education to consider applying. I want to again thank PDI for valuing members continuing education and furthering the cause of our profession. I'm sure I will apply again in the future for another PDI scholarship myself.

Thanks again.

Josh Heggen
Community Development Director

 New Members

Dan Tometich, Albia Industrial Development Corporation, Albia, IA
Angela Harrington, Executive Director, Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, Grinnell, IA
Dan Dutcher, Economic Development Director, City of Waukee, Waukee, IA
Drew Kamp, Director of Story County, Community Outreach, Ames Economic Development Commission, Ames, IA
Marcus Taylor, Manager, Business Development, Gray, Lexington, KY

 Job Postings:

Economic Development Associate Director, Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City
Marketing & Public Relations Specialist, Marion Econ Dev Company(MEDCO), Marion
Project Manager, The Iowa Economic Development Authority, Des Moines
Executive Director, Fairfield Economic Development Association, Fairfield
Director of Business Services, The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber, Waterloo
Director, Regional Business Center and Entrepreneurial Outreach, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls

More Information >>




 Heartland Economic Development Course Scholarship for Community Service

Heartland EDC's Scholarship for Community Service is a tuition scholarship awarded annually to one community volunteer involved with local economic development initiatives in rural communities or urban neighborhoods. To be eligible, volunteers must reside in Heartland's partner states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. The scholarship for Community Service application must be completed and submitted no later than February 28, 2014 to be considered for the April 2014 course.

This scholarship is for tuition only (valued at $595). Recipients must pay for their own lodging and Heartland Meal Package. Heartland's early registration deadline is March 7, 2014. Lodging reservations must be made by March 23, 2014. Please visit for more information. Volunteers being awarded tuition scholarships from their respective state development association or utility provider are ineligible to receive The HEDC Scholarship for Community Service.

The Scholarship for Community Service recognizes the long-standing contribution of Dr. Jerry Wade to the Heartland EDC. He was the Assistant Course Director from the course's inception in 1985 to 1995. In 1995, he became the Course Director until 2000, when the LaDene Bowen, CEcD became director. In addition to his involvement with Heartland, Dr. Wade was Associate Professor of Community Development and State Community Development Specialist at the University of Missouri until his retirement in 2000. His career has been devoted to helping communities build their future through volunteer service and creating opportunities for upgrading professional skills in development through the Heartland Economic Development Course and the Community Development Academy at the University of Missouri. The tuition scholarship reflects Dr. Wade's dedication to providing the resources and tools necessary for economic and community developers to help strengthen and improve the communities they serve.




 Land Investment Expo
January 24, 2014
Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel
West Des Moines, Iowa
Registration & Information >>

 PDI's Grow Iowa Day
February 5, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Iowa State Capitol
Des Moines, Iowa

 Heartland Economic Development Course
April 6-10, 2014
Adams Pointe Conference Center
Blue Springs, Missouri
More Information >>

 SMART Conference
May 1, 2014
Iowa Event Center
Des Moines, Iowa
Details to come.

For more information, contact Lynn Harkin, PDI Headquarters at (515) 243-4585 or Email


PDI Thanks the 2013 Sponsors



Alliant Energy

Renew Rural Iowa

Special thanks to our local sponsors in Cedar Valley:
Black Hawk Economic Development, Inc.
Cedar Falls Utilities
Cedar Valley Regional Partnership
City of Cedar Falls
Farmers State Bank
Hawkeye Community College
Iowa Waste Reduction Center
Point Builders
Prairie Construction
& JEO Consulting Group Inc.
Strategic Marketing Services - UNI
Veridian Credit Union
In-Kind: Waverly Chamber of Commerce

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

Conference Benefactor Sponsor
Iowa LinkedUp/ITC Venture
North Iowa Corridor Development Corp.

Conference Exhibit Sponsors — Fall & Spring
Black Hills Energy
Center for Industrial Research & Service - ISU
Convergent Fundraising Solutions
Peoples Company

Spring Only
Viebicher Associates Inc.
The Iowa Regional Center

Fall Only
Iowa Small Business Development Centers
JEO Consulting Group Inc.

BREI Award
Smart Solutions Group
Blane Canada

Contributing Sponsors — Fall & Spring
Iowa Association of Business & Industry
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative
Central Iowa Power Cooperative

Contributing Sponsors — Spring Only
Great Des Moines Partnership
Iowa Utility Association

Contributing Sponsors — Fall Only
Access Energy Cooperative
East Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative
Grow Greater Burlington
Guthrie County Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative
Midland Power Cooperative

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