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PDI 40 Years

By Stacie LoVan, PDI President

Stacie LoVan
PDI President
I hope you are making plans to join PDI for the 2014 Grow Iowa Day at the Iowa State Capitol on February 5, 2014. Grow Iowa Day is PDI's best opportunity to demonstrate to legislators the strength and breadth of our membership organization. Legislators respond to their constituents which is why it is so important that our members attend in mass and dialogue with them. We realize this important event requires an investment of your time and financial resources, but our history with the Grow Iowa Day has demonstrated a tremendous return on investment with our legislators. During this economic downturn and change in leadership, it is critical that we communicate to legislators that we stand ready to grow Iowa's economy, but need their help in maintaining a business friendly atmosphere.

You don't have to exhibit at Grow Iowa Day to be involved. We need lots of members networking with legislators, helping at the PDI booth, taking photos, etc. If you want more information, contact PDI Headquarters at There is not a SNOW DATE!

Thank you to the following organizations who will be exhibiting in the Capitol Rotunda that day:

Alliant Energy
Ames Economic Development Commission
City of Sioux City
Greater Burlington Partnership
Greater Des Moines Partnership
Iowa Area Development Group
Iowa Small Business Development Center
Iowa State University - Center for Industrial Research & Service
Lee County Economic Development Group
MidAmerican Energy
Northwest Iowa Development
Northwest Power
Peoples Company
Quad Cities First
Renew Rural Iowa/Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
UNI - Regional Business Center
UNI - Strategic Marketing Services
University of Northern Iowa, Business & Community Services
Western Iowa Advantage

Stacie LoVan
President, Professional Developers of Iowa


 PDI as The Voice of Economic Development

Professional Developer's of Iowa is an organization that is always evolving and trying to be the best resource to those of us in the field. During my time on the PDI Board of Director's our plate was full but all needed to be a major part of our agenda. We reviewed, created and modified old and new policies, upgraded our website, placed a lot of time on the impact of social media and usage of the newsletter, along with signing another 3 year agreement with AML, which has been our organizational management team, who have continually done a great job for our organization! PDI keeps a pulse on the legislative issues and the impact of what it can do to the continued growth of the State of Iowa and make sure that we are at the table to have our voices heard. Professional Developer's has been a great avenue for statewide networking and establishing professional friends, partnerships, and resources. I'm very honored to of been able to of served on the PDI Board and as their President.

-Maureen Elbert, Executive Director, Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation, PDI President 2008

"There have been a lot of changes in economic development during the time I have been working in Iowa, and PDI has changed right along with it. The late eighties saw PDI acquire professional management and become much more inclusive as its focus broadened from industrial development to economic development. It's been great to see how PDI has grown from that time of transition."

- Craig Hamilton, Iowa CEDC, PDI President 1989

Check out PDI's 40th Anniversary Booklet >>

 Randy Pilkington Talks about PDI's 40th Anniversary



 PDI Supports Transportation Day at the State Capitol

Transportation Day at the State Capitol will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Representatives from highway associations and coalitions along with other stakeholders will again make the case for an increase in transportation infrastructure income for Iowa to maintain and build the state's roads and bridges. Attendance at Transportation Day is free. Please see the attached press release with agenda for more information.

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 PDI Participates/Exhibits at Travel Federation of Iowa's 25th Annual Legislative Showcase

In 1988, travelers in Iowa generated over $2.1 billion in revenue, and supported over 41,000 jobs with a payroll of $330.7 million at local businesses throughout the state of Iowa. State tax receipts in 1988 was slightly over $120 million.

In 2012, travelers in Iowa generated over $7.6 billion in revenue, and supported over 64,400 jobs with a payroll of $1.17 billion at local businesses throughout the state of Iowa. State tax receipts in 2014 were $345.4 million.

PDI will participate with an exhibit on Tuesday, January 28 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds for TFI's Legislative Showcase. "Growing Iowa" is PDI's theme and board members will be on hand to visit with legislators.

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 Des Moines, Where Regular Folks Can Live the Rich Life, January 23, 2014

Video: In its special series, "Healthy, Wealthy, Wise," TODAY reveals Iowa's capital city, Des Moines, is the wealthiest U.S. city. In recent years, it's has been declared the best place for business by Forbes, and one of America's most productive cities by the Martin Prosperity Institute. NBC's Kevin Tibbles reports.

See the Video >>

 IEDA Approves Incentives for Loffredo, General Mills
Business Record Daily PM, January 17, 2014

The Iowa Economic Development Board approved tax benefits and awards to five companies that are expected to create 91 jobs and result in more than $90 million in new capital investments for the state. Loffredo Gardens Inc. was awarded a maximum of $401,670 in tax credits to build a new facility at 1845 Colonial Parkway in Norwalk, a project expected to result in a $7 million capital investment and create six jobs. Loffredo will continue to operate its distribution center in Des Moines as its primary facility and move all manufacturing activities to Norwalk.

Click for More Information on The Loffredo Project >>

General Mills Inc. was awarded up to $3.2 million in tax credits and a $200,000 forgivable loan for a proposed project that includes the conversion of warehouse space in its Cedar Rapids facility to food-grade manufacturing space. The $47 million capital investment is expected to create 41 new jobs.

Other awards:

  • Owen Industries Inc. was awarded a maximum of $2.04 million in tax benefits and a $50,000 in direct financial assistance to expand operations to a new green-field facility in Carter Lake.
  • FEH Associates Inc. was awarded $155,629 in through the Targeted Jobs Withholding Tax Credit program to lease a facility for its operations in Sioux City.
  • Hardi North America was awarded up to $93,000 in tax benefits to build an addition to support a new product line at its Davenport manufacturing facility.




Congratulations to PDI Members Whipple and White as Business Record's Forty-under-40 recipients

Timothy Whipple - Iowa Economic Development Authority
Jason White - Warren County Economic Development



James Brattvet, Eastern Iowa Community College District, Heartland ED Course - April 6-10, 2014, Kansas City, MO
Shantel Dow, Lucas County Development Corporation, Heartland ED Course - April 6-10, 2014, Kansas City, MO
Drew Kamp, Ames Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Commission, Heartland ED Course - April 6-10, 2014, Kansas City, MO

More Information on PDI Scholarships >>

 New Members

Glenn Anderson, Administrator-Developer — City of Ackley, Ackley
Curt Strouth, Community Development Director — Sheldon Chamber & Development Corp., Sheldon
James Hoelscher, Program Manager — UNI-Institute for Decision Making, Cedar Falls
Shannon Landauer, — Carroll Area Development Corporation, Carroll
Ryan Murphy, Workforce Marketing Specialist — Iowa Workforce Development, Des Moines
Scott Swenson, Regional Director SBDC — Kirkwood Community College, Iowa City
K. Dwayne Vande Krol, Attorney — Nyemaster Goode, PC, Des Moines
Brian Crowe, Interstate Business Attraction — Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, Cedar Rapids
James Brattvet, Asst to Exec Dir of Econ Dev — Eastern Iowa Community College District, Davenport
Carrie Grimm, Sales Manager — Strategic Marketing Services-UNI, Cedar Falls
Paul Rumler, Executive Vice President — Quad Cities First, Davenport

 Job Postings:

City Administrator, City of West Union, West Union
Executive Director, Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation, Ottumwa
Economic Development Coordinator, Robins Economic Development (REDI), Robins
Executive Director, Sac Econ & Tourism Dev, Sac County (Sac City)
Vice President, National Business Attraction, Quad Cities, Davenport, IA and Moline, IL
Economic Development Associate Director, The University of Iowa (UI), Iowa City

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.

 Women Mean Business Summit in Des Moines
Submitted by Deb Duncan

The National Association of Women Business Owners – Central Iowa (NAWBO-CI) is holding their 6th annual Women Mean Business® Summit entitled "Transform > Triumph > Transcend" on Thursday, February 27th at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel and Conference Center.

Sign up by February 6th for the lowest price at

The Iowa Small Business Development Centers is a proud sponsor and partner of the NAWBO-CI Women Mean Business® Summit.

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

 i6 Green Challenge Workshop
February 10, 2014
11:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Indian Hills Community College
Ottumwa, Iowa
More Information >>

 i6 Green Challenge Workshop
February 11, 2014
11:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Clarke County Events Center
Osceola, Iowa
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 Scott County Economic Development Summit
February 13, 2014
9:00 AM — 1:30 PM
Bettendorf Waterfront Center
Bettendorf, Iowa
More Information & Registration >>

 Supply Chain Forum
February 26, 2014
8:30 AM — 1:00 PM
University of Northern Iowa Commons Bldg
Cedar Falls, Iowa
More Information >>

 Women Mean Business Summit
February 27, 2014
8:00 AM — 6:00 PM
Sheraton West Des Moines
West Des Moines, IA
Visit >>

 OU/EDI Strategic Planning Course
March 17 — May 11, 2014
More Information >>

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

 Iowa SMART Conference
May 1, 2014
Iowa Event Center
Des Moines, Iowa
More Information >>

 OU/EDI Entrepreneurship Course
May 19 — July 13, 2014
More Information >>

 OU/EDI Marketing & Attraction Course
July 21 — September 14, 2014
More Information >>

 OU/EDI Business Retention & Expansion Course
September 22 — November 16, 2014
More Information >>

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


PDI Thanks the 2014 Sponsors



Alliant Energy

Renew Rural Iowa

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

Conference Exhibit Sponsors — Fall & Spring
Center for Industrial Research & Service - ISU

BREI Award
Smart Solutions Group, Blane Canada

Contributing Sponsors — Fall & Spring
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative
Greater Des Moines Partnership
Midland Power Cooperative


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