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By Jason Hutcheson, PDI President

Jason Hutcheson
PDI President

Veterans and Newbies Alike

One of the great things about this business of economic development is the opportunity to meet and interact with newbies. For some, a job in economic and community development is the first full-time gig out of college, and for others, it could be a career-change after decades of service in another industry.

Thanks to the leadership of Sandy Ehrig and the education committee, PDI recently held a session at the Farm Bureau headquarters called PPP (The Partners, the Profession, and the Process). We had a great turnout of new folks to the profession, and I loved the energy and enthusiasm in the room. There is a lot to learn about this industry from acronyms and the different state agencies to the politics of a community and the process of solidifying a deal. Learning the ropes can be pretty intimidating at first, but that is exactly where PDI comes into play.

Most industry veterans would agree that an obligation exists to help acclimate new folks to the business of economic development. PDI conferences are the perfect opportunity to build those relationships and offer guidance and support when appropriate. If you have not signed up for the fall conference in Mason City, I would encourage you to do so here: http://www.pdiowa.com/wcm/Members/EventDetail?EventKey=FALL15

Even if you don't golf, sign up to be randomly paired with folks you've never met. Use the networking breaks to introduce yourself to someone new. Use one of the evening receptions to ask someone about their community. Use the fall conference to connect with others- you'll be glad you did!

 2015 PDI Fall Conference

September 23-25, 2015
Historic Park Inn, Mason City, IA
"Bring It Home: Harmonizing Growth & Talent"


Experience the Art of Hospitality in Mason City, Iowa! The perfect stay - play - get away destination. Discover architectural masterpieces of Frank Lloyd Wright and musical compositions of "The Music Man" and Buddy Holly. Get out and mingle in our fun, friendly community. Unwind with unique shopping, interesting attractions and lively restaurants. Recharge in lodging facilities ranging from basic family lodging to luxurious quarters that are experiences unto themselves. Delight in the variety of unique and engaging recreational and relaxation options. We can't wait to show you around. Get a taste of Mason City by visiting the website.

There's plenty to do in Clear Lake, Iowa as well. A piece of rock & roll history, an authentic paddleboard, a one of a kind maze, beautiful gardens, trains, art center and pioneer museum. For those who enjoy physical pursuits, there are Horseshoes, trails, sand volleyball, basketball, tennis courts, golf courses, bicycling, hunting and sport shooting and more! And of course there is swimming, boating and sailing on a 3684 acre natural lake where the average depth is 10 feet — fishing on Clear Lake has never been better. Clear Lake boasts gardens, parks, and nature areas — high quality shopping with a personal touch and historic movie theatre. See all there is to do in Clear Lake.

Conference Location
Historic Park Inn
7 West State St.
Mason City, IA 50401
Phone: 641-422-0015
Toll Free: 1-800-659-2220

Sleeping Rooms
The HPI is no longer available
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
3041 4th Street SW
Mason City, IA 50401
(641) 424-1200
1- (888) HOLIDAY
Room rate: $100/night+
Deadline: Sept. 1, 2015



 Final Week to Take the Survey!

The PDI Legislative Committee is seeking your input to begin establishing the 2016 Legislative Agenda. Please take a moment to complete this SHORT survey and feel free to add additional comments. On behalf of the PDI Legislative Committee we thank you for being engaged in the legislative process and help drive pro-business policy and development throughout the state.

To ensure we can get everything compiled in a timely manner prior to the Fall PDI Conference, we ask the you complete the survey by August 7th.

Take this survey

Wayne J. Pantini, Kiley Miller and Brian Crowe
2015 Co-Chairs, PDI Legislative Committee

Thank you!




 Newton Outreach Initiative Named Program of the Year
Business Record, July 22, 2015

The Iowa City Manager's Association has named the city of Newton's "Get to Know Newton" community outreach program as its Program of the Year. The award is presented to recognize an innovative and successful program. In the past year, the Get to Know Newton program used creative strategies to reach citizens and the surrounding region through projects including "Newton vs. Newton," a contest in which Newton, Iowa, competed with Newton, Kan., in a variety of community engagement challenges; the "Newton Postcard Project," in which residents filled out postcards with positive things about Newton that were mailed throughout the Central Iowa region; and "Newton Fest," a four-day town festival featuring kids' activities, live music and other family-friendly activities. Find more about Get to Know Newton here.


 Waverly Hospital to Build Janesville Clinic
By Pat Kinney, WCF Courier, July 30, 2015

A new medical clinic may be the next step for good things yet to come in Janesville.

Waverly Health Center of Waverly and Lockard Cos. of Cedar Falls will break ground at 8:15 a.m. Monday on a new 3,400 square foot medical clinic, believed to be the first primary care facility of its size in Janesville.


 MediRevv Plans Third Building, Continuing Ongoing Expansion
Coralville city council to discuss project in Tuesday meeting
By Chelsea Keenan, The Gazette, July 27, 2015

MediRevv hasn't been in its new building for a full year, and the Coralville company already is planning another expansion.

Much of the details still need to be worked out, said Brad Baldwin, MediRevv's vice president of operations, but the health care accounts-receivable management company is working with the city of Coralville to secure funding in the form of a forgivable loan — to construct a third building.

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 Kerndt Brothers Buying 2 Northeast Iowa Branches
Locations will be added in Decorah, Waukon
By George Ford, The Gazette, July 29, 2015

Kerndt Brothers Bank, a century-old northeast Iowa financial institution, is purchasing two branch offices from Fidelity Bank & Trust of Dyersville.

Lansing-based Kerndt Brothers will expand to seven locations with the acquisition of Fidelity Bank's offices in Decorah and Waukon. The branches will begin operating as Kerndt Brothers Bank on Nov. 23, subject to state and federal regulatory approval.





 Register NOW for a PDI Audio Conference

Introducing an effort by ABI to "Elevate Advanced Manufacturing"
Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 11:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

If you want to learn about this new effort that is both a workforce initiative and a retention of Iowa young people, join us on the call! There is no charge for PDI Members!

Michele Farrell and Robyn Denson of Elevate Iowa (a program of Iowa ABI) will provide us with the program basics, including:

  • The needs of advanced manufacturers are driving the effort
  • Overcoming the myths of careers in manufacturing
  • Efforts to change perception
  • The role of economic development professionals

Registration deadline is Friday, August 7, 2015.

Register Here >>

 Iowa SourceLink Hosts Regional Lunches

IASourceLink is proud to collaborate with Resource Partners from across the state. In appreciation of our partner providers, throughout August, the IASourceLink team will host a series of regional lunches to applaud your efforts in working to help Iowa businesses succeed. In addition to enjoying free lunch and peer-to-peer networking, plan to:

  • Learn how IASourceLink can help you serve your local businesses
  • Hear about partnership opportunities for increasing your organization's exposure
  • Review your organizational profile on the IASourceLink Resource Navigator
  • Share information on what works, what doesn't, and successes you've had
  • Discuss trends, new programs, and innovative businesses
  • Enjoy!

Luncheons will be held at the following locations:

Storm Lake
August 12 Storm Lake Public Library, 609 Cayuga St.

August 14 Simpson College, Kent Campus Center, Hubbell Hall

Mason City
August 19 North Iowa Regional Commerce Center, 9 N Federal Ave.

Elk Horn
August 27 Elk Horn Town Hall, 4212 Main St.

Please mark your calendar and plan on joining the IASourceLink team by registering today. There is no cost to attend, and if you have any questions, please contact Amy Kuhlers at amy.kuhlers@iowa.gov.

Register Here >>



 2014-15 Leadership Iowa Class Celebrates Graduation

PDI Members Chad Schreck, Kiley Miller and Beth Bilyeu were among 39 Iowans who graduated from the Leadership Iowa program during the recent annual Association of Business and Industry Taking Care of Business Conference in the Quad Cities. Schreck is President and CEO of the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corp in Mason City, Miller is the President & CEO with Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, Spencer, and Bilyeu is the Executive Director with Forest City Economic Development in Forest City.

Leadership Iowa is designed to instill passion in current and emerging leaders while fostering a high level of civic engagement. The 2014-15 class attended an integrated series of monthly two-day sessions from October through June at various locations throughout Iowa. Members learned from experts about government, economic development, community vitality and advanced manufacturing.

"ABI and the ABI Foundation proudly present the Leadership Iowa program because each of the past 33 years we've identified many of our state's best leaders and helped to equip them with the knowledge and tools to make a difference in our state," said Mike Ralston, ABI president and a 1991 graduate of Leadership Iowa.

Since its inception in 1982, Leadership Iowa has graduated more than 1,000 individuals from both the private and public sector, representing each geographical region of Iowa. Each year, approximately 40 talented individuals are selected from a large applicant pool based on achieving the best balance of qualified candidates for a particular year.

 Job Postings:

Executive Director, DeWitt Chamber & Development Company, DeWitt
Economic Development Dirrector, City of Estherville, Estherville
Project Manager, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Des Moines

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PDI Fall Conference


 IASourceLink Regional Lunch
August 12, 2015
Storm Lake Public Library, 609 Cayuga Street
Storm Lake, IA
More Information & Registration >>

 CIRAS Manufacturing Leadership Program
August 9-14, 2015
Ames, IA
More Information - Download Brochure >>

 IASourceLink Regional Lunch
August 14, 2015
Simpson College Kent Campus Center, Hubbell Hall, 701 North C Street
Indianola, IA
More Information & Registration >>

 IASourceLink Regional Lunch
August 19, 2015
North Iowa Regional Commerce Center, 9 North Federal Avenue
Mason City, IA
More Information & Registration >>

 IASourceLink Regional Lunch
August 27, 2015
Elk Horn Town Hall, 4212 Main Street
Elk Horn, IA
More Information & Registration >>

 2015 HousingIowa Conference
September 9-10, 2015
Coralville Marriott
Coralville, IA More Information & Registration >>

 Community Brownfield Revitalization Grant Funding Workshop
September 15, 2015
Drake Community Library
Grinnell, IA
More Information >>

 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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