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   2015 PDI Fall Conference   Development Update   Statewide Pride   Education   Who's Who   Events September 14, 2015


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


You are NOT going to want to miss this one. Some of the topics/speakers and fun things to do...

General Sessions:

    From Distracted to Productive: Finding Your Productivity and Focus in an Increasingly Interrupted World — Randy Dean, Randall Dean Consulting & Training, LLC, Lansing, MI
    Addressing the Talent Shortage Panel — Iowa Employers & IWD
    BEST of Iowa Annual Report & Report — Best Team
    IEDA Update — Iowa Economic Development Authority
    Legislative Update — PDI Legislative Committee Leaders/Lobbyists
    Success Strategies for Times of Change —Fresh Coffee Professional Programs

Breakout Sessions: (Two Tracks &mdashs; Introductory & Advanced)
    Finding an Extra Hour Every Day: Time Management Tips & Tricks for Busy Professionals — Randy Dean
    Batelle Study...Thinking Differently About the Data — Mid American Energy
    Resources for New & Existing Businesses — Iowa Small Business Development Center; Advance Iowa; IASource Link; CIRAS-ISU
    Show Me the Money - Enhancing & Maintaining Your Investor Base — Kossuth-Palo Alto ED; KJE Solutions; UNI-IDM

Optional Activities:
Golf at Highland Park Golf Course
Trap Shoot at Ventura Gun Club
Educational Session on Innovation, Incubators, Industry
50's Theme Dinner/Music at The Surf Ballroom
Music Man Square Reception & Stroll

Conference Facility & Sleeping Rooms:
Historic Park Inn
7 West State St.
Mason City, IA 50401
Phone: 641-422-0015
Toll Free: 1-800-659-2220
Sleeping rooms at the HPI 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 was Sept. 1, 2015 but call anyway!

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



 Recruits Needed

PDI Needs Your Help Recruiting College Students into Economic Development Careers Please click on the link to the survey to share your background and how best PDI can reach college classrooms we might access to share the rewards of a career in economic development.

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 Northwest Iowa Pork Plants Have New Owner
Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, September 10, 2015

The Sioux Preme pork plants in Sioux City and Sioux Center, Iowa, have a new owner.

The two plants were included in the sale of Sioux Preme's parent company, Natural Food Holdings, to Perdue Farms, a large poultry company, for an undisclosed amount.


 Regents OK another $70M for UI Children's Hospital
Jeff Charis-Carlson, Iowa City Press Citizen, September 9, 2015

With few questions asked, the Iowa Board of Regents granted the University of Iowa permission Wednesday to spend about $70 million more on the new University of Iowa Children's Hospital building.

"I shake in my boots when we're talking about that kind of money...a million here a million there," Regent Subhash Subhai, a physician from Webster Grove, said during the regents Wednesday meeting in Cedar Falls. "I'm looking at the good (that will come) out of all this expenses."

More Information about the State's Export Trade Assistance Program >>

 UI College of Public Health

The University of Iowa College of Public Health has a new Business Leadership Network coordinator, Tara McKee. The Business Leadership Network (BLN) fosters ongoing, mutually beneficial relationships between the UI College of Public Health and small and medium-sized businesses and communities in Iowa. Through these relationships the College hopes to engage and collaborate with communities in development of cutting-edge, high impact public health research, enhance educational program with service learning opportunities within businesses, and encourage creating the culture of health throughout communities.

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 Governor Branstad Announces Appointments to STEM Advisory Council

Governor Terry E. Branstad today announced appointments to Iowa's STEM Advisory Council. The following individuals' appointments are effective September 1, 2015, are unpaid and are not subject to Iowa Senate Confirmation:

STEM Advisory Council:
State Senator Mark Chelgren, Ottumwa
State Senator Brian Schoenjahn, Arlington
State Representative Liz Bennett, Cedar Rapids
State Representative Josh Byrnes, Osage
Sharon Rosenboom, Orange City
Tamara Trinder, West Des Moines
Craig Johnson, Cedar Falls
Kathryn Kunert, Des Moines
Robert Cramer, Grimes
Deb Dunkhase, Iowa City
Teri Vos, Pella
Catherine Swoboda, Pleasant Hill


 Reforms to the Angel Investor Tax Credit Make Iowa More Attractive to Innovators and Entrepreneurs

The Battelle Report, released in December of 2014, included many critical findings, among them that innovation and entrepreneurship will drive future gains. In an effort to accelerate the development of Iowa's entrepreneurial ecosystem, the report had several recommendations, including the creation of an effective angel investor tax credit that eliminates the waiting period, increases the tax credit percentage, and makes the credits transferrable to attract broader investor interest. During the 2015 Legislative Session, the Iowa Legislature took that recommendation to heart and made the necessary changes, making the tax credit more competitive, attractive, and effective.

More Information

 It's Project Give-away Time

It's the SMS Project Give-away. Enter for your chance to win a Market Research Project worth $10,000. For more information contact Carrie Grimm, Strategic Marketing Sercies, 319-273-2013 or carrie.grimm@uni.edu

Nominate Your Own Orgnization >>

Nominate A Business in Your Community >>




 PDI Scholarship Program: Purpose and Intent

Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) offers a limited number of scholarships to (priority will be given to the following courses) Heartland Economic Development Course, IEDC certified Regional Economic Development Courses, Economic Development Institute (EDI), and the National Development Council's Professional Certification Programs. In addition, other courses will be considered for eligibility on a case-by-case basis. The intent of the fund is to assist members whose development organization cannot provide total funding. Scholarships are made available to PDI members (individual in whose name membership is held) in an effort to provide educational opportunities and promote professionalism. Funding priority will be given to assist members new to the profession and members whose development organizations cannot provide total funding. The number of scholarships to be awarded shall be determined yearly by the Board of Directors, through their planning and budgeting process.

Eligibility Requirements for Scholarship:

  1. As the intent of this fund is to assist members whose employers cannot provide total funding, the member must demonstrate a need for the scholarship funds. The member's employer must participate in the expense of the course.

  2. The scholarship application will be reviewed and recommendations made to the Board of Directors by the Education Committee. Final action will be taken by the Board of Directors if application is received prior to that month's board meeting.

  3. Scholarship funds will be disbursed to approved applicants upon receipt of a copy of the certificate of completion from the course identified in the scholarship application.

  4. Scholar's awards will include the following:
    Maximum scholarship available is $500 per application. Eligible costs include tuition fees, course fees, and course material fees.

  5. The maximum amount of scholarship funds available to any one member is $1,000.

Other possible funding sources:

  1. Additional scholarships may be available from other entities. Contact Lynn Harkin, Executive Director at director@pdiowa.com or call (515) 243-4585 for information.

  2. Utility providers often have funding streams for education to include: Electric providers, natural gas providers, rural telephone providers. Contact your local representatives for more information)

  3. Don't overlook local businesses for assistance. Many corporations want to be involved with assisting communities grow and may be willing to provide possible funding.




 Job Postings:

Executive Director, Cass County NE Economic Development Council, Omaha, NE
Project Manager, City of Des Moines, Des Moines
Economic Development Coordinator, City of Des Moines, Des Moines
Community Development Director, SWIPCO, Atlantic
Executive Director, Sac County Economic and Tourism Development, Sac County
Executive Director, DeWitt Chamber & Development Company, DeWitt

More Information >>


PDI Fall Conference


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

 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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