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PDI's Spring Event May 6, 2015

Register for PDI's Spring Event - May 6, 2015 (You can register for both the SMART Conference & PDI or just the PDI Spring Event - whatever works in your schedule!)

On Wednesday, join other PDI colleagues for a time management — balancing work and personal life mini retreat; a corporate panel on site selection — then hear the perspective from your ED professionals on site selection best practices; hear a legislative update plus info on the PDI Fall Conference — then let’s have some networking fun at PDI's reception that evening.

Attend for the SMART Economic Development Conference on Thursday - be sure to stop by PDI’s exhibit booth to say hello. Cheer on your PDI friends who are recipients of the 2015 BRE Awards in the morning and check in the afternoon breakout session to hear them present more information on their award winning projects.

Are you attending the SMART Conference only? Please register directly at www.cvent.com/d/14qfm6/4W. You may also view the Event Summary and view the full SMART Conference Agenda. The room block has dropped for hotel reservations at the Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown. If you need a room, Contact the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau for hotel information in the area.

See you in May!

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 Did You Know That Iowa Provides Resources for Job Training?
(You Don't Know What You Don't Know Series)

The Iowa Jobs Training Program (260F) provides job training services to current employees of eligible businesses that are located in Iowa. Eligible businesses can work with their local Iowa community college, which will assess training needs, determine funds availability and provide training.

The Industrial New Jobs Training Program (260E) provides businesses, which are expanding their Iowa workforce, with new employee training. Administered by Iowa's 15 community colleges, the program is financed through bonds sold by the colleges. Depending on wages paid, the business then diverts 1.5 or 3 percent of the Iowa state withholding taxes generated by the new positions to the community college to retire the bonds.

For participating businesses, the advantages include valuable employee training at a reduced - or no - cost. Contact your local community college economic developer to learn more about each program.


 EntreFEST is Coming to Downtown Iowa City May 20-22!

EntreFEST, Iowa's entrepreneur and innovation conference, is designed to be part summit, part resource hub, and part festival. This year, EntreFEST is set to offer over 90 sessions to address the needs of Iowa's growing business and entrepreneurial communities along four different tracks: The Business Owners track, the Startup Founders track, the Community Champions track, and the Corporate Innovators tracks are specifically designed to take the work of all attendees to the next level.

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 IEDA Awards $20 Million in Workforce Housing Tax Credits

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) today announced that it has awarded approximately $20 million in Workforce Housing tax credits, reaching the cap for FY15. The IEDA opened the application for the Workforce Housing Tax Credit Program (WHTC), established by House File 2448, on February 1, 2015.

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IADG 30th Anniversary

 IADG Recognizes Three Decades of Growth and Service

Three decades of development, partnership and accomplishment are realized, as 2015 marks Iowa Area Development Group's (IADG's) 30th Anniversary.

IADG Poster
It was great foresight and collaboration of Iowa’s Rural Electric Cooperatives (RECs) that created this statewide, cooperatively funded, approach to economic development. IADG offers staff and services to its sponsoring utilities, and the businesses and communities within their territories, to support economic development efforts and projects. Today, IADG remains a national model and a unique example of economic development collaboration and partnership. IADG salutes the nearly 250 rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities and telecommunications companies who support and are actively engaged in the IADG mission.

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 Policy Perspectives

Check out the April 17 Edition of Policy Perspectives.

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 Smithfield Foods Investing $9 Million in Curly's Expansion
Globenewswire.com, April 8, 2015

Smithfield Foods announced today that it is investing $9 million to expand its production capacity at its Curly's® facility in Sioux City, Iowa.

The construction project will increase Curly's existing facility by about 21,000 square feet and will add 25 to 30 new jobs when fully operational. Smithfield said work on the new plant is expected to begin sometime this spring, with completion set for this fall.


 Google Plans to Invest $1 Billion in Iowa Data Center
Matthew Patane, The Des Moines Register, April 17, 2015

Tech giant Google plans to invest another $1 billion in its western Iowa data center.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company will ask officials for more state money Friday, according to an Iowa Economic Development Authority Board agenda.


 Iowa Native David Chivers Named Register Publisher
Matthew Patane, The Des Moines Register, April 17, 2015

As a young boy, David Chivers delivered The Des Moines Register. Now, he will lead it.

Chivers, 39, who has built his career in digital innovation and audience and product development, was named publisher Thursday of Iowa's largest news organization. His goal, he said, is to expand what the Register provides in new, innovative ways.




 Job Postings:

Executive Director, Allamakee County Economic Development, Waukon

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PDI Fall Conference


 PDI 2015 Spring Event
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
1:00-7:00 pm
Farm Bureau Headquarters, West Des Moines, IA
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 SMART Conference
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, Des Moines, IA
Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown — Sleeping Rooms
Registration & Information >>

 International Training on Importing, Filing an EEI, and Exporting
May 19 & 20, 2015
Iowa Farm Bureau Auditorium
West Des Moines, IA
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 PDI's Fall Conference
September 23-25, 2015
Historic Park Inn, Holiday Inn Express
Mason City, IA

For more information, contact Lynn Harkin, PDI Headquarters at (515) 243-4585 or Email director@pdiowa.com.

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