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PDI 40 Years


By Stacie LoVan, PDI President

Stacie LoVan
PDI President
Registration is open!
Join me
for 2014 PDI Fall Conference, "Utilizing Your Natural Resources"
September 24-26, 2014, Honey Creek Resort State Park, Moravia, IA
Register today >>

You are NOT going to want to miss this one...make your hotel arrangements now & conference registration will open in a week. Some of the topics/speakers and fun things to do...

 General Sessions:
Advanced Manufacturing/Creative Workforce Development
The Good, the Bad & the Responsibility
BEST Annual Meeting & IEDA Update
Legislative Update
Innovative Actions/Mature Products

 Breakout Sessions:
Connecting Students to Workplace
Home Base Iowa
Resources You've Found & What to Do with Them
How to Talk to Businesses About Laborsheds/Research
Training Collaborations & Building Relationships with Training Partners
STEM Initiatives
Bar Camp

 Optional Activities:
Golf at The Preserve on Rathbun Lake
Trap & Skeet Shoot at Appanoose County Shooting Club
Walking Tour of Centerville's Square — Restoring a Downtown
Boat Ride on Rathbun Lake
Picnic, Outdoor Hike and Bonfire at Honey Creek Resort
Majestic Theatre/Dine Around in Historic Downtown Centerville

 Conference Facility & Sleeping Rooms:
Honey Creek Resort
State Park on Rathbun Lake
12633 Resort Drive, Moravia, IA 52571
(641) 724-9100 or (877) 677-3344


 Clark Smith Talks about PDI's 40th Anniversary


View Clark Smith's Interview >>


 Workforce Housing Tax Credit Draft Copy
For Your Information and Comment:

The proposed Workforce Housing Tax Credit administrative rules will be presented to the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board on August 22, 2014. The proposed rules are based on House File 2448 passed this legislative session that replaces the Housing Enterprise Zone program. If approved the IEDA Board, the proposed administrative rules will be formally published for the public input process. By providing these draft rules prior to formally starting the rule making process we hope to collect input in a more timely fashion to keep the rules process moving and have the program up and running as soon as possible.

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Iowa's statewide STEM initiative invites schools and business collaboratives to propose STEM Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) that place high-schoolers in work settings to solve real challenges while completing coursework. Modeled after the Northland CAPS, planning/implementation grants of up to $25,000 will be provided this fall to a handful of new partners of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council. Additional information including informational webinar dates can be found HERE >>

More Information & RFP >>




 Congratulations, New Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs)

For achieving Leadership, Excellence and Success in Economic Development!

The Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN 2014 CEcD Exam was held in conjunction with IEDC's 2014 Spring Conference. Ten new CEcDs emerged from the CEcD exam held on May 31-June 1. By passing the two-day rigorous exam, the new designees proved their comprehensive knowledge of the field and their ability to increase productivity by effectively tackling the challenges that come in the way of economic development.

The following PDI Member has proven their commitment to growth and excellence in economic development through achievement of the CEcD designation. IEDC & PDI congratulate:

Mr. Curtis Brown, CEcD
City of Urbandale, Iowa
Urbandale, IA

 White House Rural Council Made in Rural America Regional Forum
August 8th, 2014 at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA

On behalf of the White House Rural Council's Made in Rural America export and investment initiative, we are pleased to invite you to participate in a regional forum on expanding international market opportunities. This forum will help rural firms understand ways to grow their business by finding new customers overseas or selling more to their existing international customers. Hosted by the National Association of Counties, USDA Rural Development and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, the half day forum will take place starting at 1:30 on August 8th at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. A detailed agenda will follow.

More Information >>

 Muscatine Earns Blue Zones Certification
By Jason Liegois Muscatine Journal, July 29, 2014

It was not the celebration of the end of a project, but the beginning of one.

Members of the Blue Zones Project of Muscatine celebrated that beginning Tuesday night, as a crowd of more than 50 project volunteers, residents, and city and business leaders learned that Muscatine had officially earned certification as a Blue Zones Community.


 Company Asks Landowners in Delaware, Buchanan Counties for Space to Place Turbines
KCRG/The Gazette, July 23, 2014

Delaware and Buchanan county farmers face a big decision.

RPM Access wants to put up 100 wind turbines on land shared by the two counties. Monday night, developers presented residents with details of the proposed 231-megawatt project.

"We have only been at this about a week. We are going to call it the Independence Wind Farm," said RPM Access Land Developer Kirk Kraft.


 Cedar Rapids Airport Gets $6.1 Million Federal Grant
Will partially fund terminal modernization

By George C. Ford, The Gazette, July 23 2014

The Cedar Rapids Airport Commission has been awarded a $6.1 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation to partially fund a four-year passenger terminal modernization project at The Eastern Iowa Airport.

The entitlement grant will be issued as a multiyear grant with $3,337,391 in fiscal 2014 funding. The remaining $2,714,099 of the entitlement will be added by amendment subject to future appropriations through fiscal 2015.


 Standard Distribution Co. Will Provide Rail Service with New Warehouse
By Alisa Hrustic, July 21, 2014

The Cedar Falls City Council has approved the construction of a new Standard Distribution Co. industrial warehouse along Rail Way in the Northern Cedar Falls Industrial Park along Leversee Road.

Currently, 475,000 square feet of agricultural, industrial and food-grade warehousing space is owned and operated by Standard Distribution Co. in Cedar Falls, with other operations in Nebraska and California.





 Job Postings:

President & CEO, Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce (IGLACC), Arnolds Park
Executive Vice President, Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance, Mount Pleasant
Executive Director, Manchester Enterprises, Inc., Manchester
President, Marion Economic Development Company, Marion
President & CEO, North Iowa Corridor Economic Development, Mason City
Economic Development Director, Bremer County, Waverly
Domestic Business Development Manager, Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership, Omaha

More Information >>



 Preserve Iowa Summit
August 21-23, 2014
Cedar Rapids, IA

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

 PDI Fall Conference
September 24-26, 2014
Honey Creek Resort, Moravia, IA
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
Iowa Economic Development Authority
Iowa Workforce Development
ITC Midwest
Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corp.

Host Community Sponsors
1st Iowa State Bank
Albia Industrial Development Corporation
Appanoose Industrial Corporation
Cargill Meat Solutions
Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative
Indian Hills Community College
Lucas County Development Corporation
Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative
Opportunity Squared
Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation
Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation
Peoples State Bank
South Ottumwa Savings Bank
Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative
US Bank
John Deere Ottumwa Works

Conference Supporting Sponsors
Black Hills Energy (Fall only)
Strategic Marketing Services - UNI

Conference Exhibit Sponsors — Fall & Spring
Center for Industrial Research & Service - ISU
Convergent Fundraising Solutions
Diligent Development

Fall Only
JEO Consulting Group Inc.
Iowa Small Business Development Centers
North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation
Spring Only
Point Builders LLC
UNI-Small Business Development Center

BREI Award
Smart Solutions Group
Blane Canada

Contributing Sponsors — Fall & Spring
Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO)
Iowa Association of Business & Industry
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative
Greater Des Moines Partnership
Midland Power Cooperative
Spring only
Iowa Utility Association
Fall only
Access Energy
Greater Burlington Partnership
Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative


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