PDI POST with a message from PDI President Wayne J. Pantini
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President's Message

By Wayne Pantini, PDI President

Wayne Pantini
PDI President
It is a great honor for me to serve in the role of PDI President this year. PDI thrived under Jason Hutcheson’s leadership in 2015. Your board of directors and I are committed to continuing this momentum.

The first task out of the gate is membership renewal. Members should have received their dues statement to renew membership for 2016.

We believe all of our members are a tremendous asset to this organization! The networking and mentoring opportunities are endless. Our spring event/fall conference, legislative efforts, webinars, website resources and newsletters ensure you receive significant membership value. We appreciate each of our members and thank them for their past support thru membership, volunteering and attending PDI events.

Developing Iowa takes many more people than those assigned the job title of "economic developer". Attracting and retaining business in Iowa involves city and state officials, governmental agencies, real estate professionals, workforce and education experts, legal, financial and construction talent and knowledgeable people from all divisions of transportation and utilities. While completing your dues renewal, think about those professionals you work with and invite them to join PDI as well.

Learn more about your member benefits at http://www.pdiowa.com/join-pdi/. Join your peers again and invest in your professional development while advancing the economic base in Iowa today. By connecting with a network of over 330 PDI members ready and anxious to work with you and learn more about your role in making Iowa the best place to work, live and enjoy.

Wayne J. Pantini



 Iowa Workforce Development's Laborshed Study

Over the last 15 years, Iowa Workforce Development's Laborshed Study has been a unique and effective economic development tool. Communities throughout Iowa use it to expand their existing businesses, attract prospective employers, maintain a high quality workforce, and make data-driven decisions. Unlike typical labor market information data, the Laborshed Study analyzes labor market information based upon commuting patterns into local areas regardless of jurisdictional (city, county, or state) boundaries. The commuting patterns are determined through data provided by community employers. This reporting by employers displays the community's true labor market area. Workforce characteristics are then collected and reported for residents of this employee defined labor market area.





 PDI Unveils 2016 Legislative Priorities

The Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) is a statewide non-profit organization of more than 330 practicing economic development professionals dedicated to expanding the economy of the State of Iowa. For decades, PDI has successfully represented the collective economic development interests of both the private and public sectors by providing leadership in defining and promoting statewide economic development initiatives. In order to compete with other states and countries, Iowa must create a business climate that enhances our strengths, expands the state’s tax base, creates and retains high-paying jobs, and builds the industries of the future.

  • Tax Increment Financing
  • Workforce
  • State Economic Development Resources
  • Brownfield/Grayfield Tax Credit Program
  • Income Tax Reform
  • Housing
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship Support
  • Renewable Chemical Tax Credit
  • Broadband
See Full Agenda >>




 Iowa Area Development Groups Honored with USDA National Award

Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) received the USDA Abraham Lincoln Honor Award at a ceremony held today in Washington D.C. IADG was honored for expanding rural economic development opportunities in Iowa and across the nation by being a national advocate of USDA's Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDL&G) Program, as well as other contributions and accomplishments of its rural sponsored economic development mission.


 Apply to Present at the Biotech Innovation Showcase!

Iowa Biotechnology Association invites Early- and Mid-Stage companies to apply for the BIOTECH INNOVATION SHOWCASE

The Biotech Innovation Showcase is IowaBio's first-ever investor conference and will be hosted as part of their annual Partnering for Growth Forum. The Showcase is looking for Early- to Mid-Stage biotech companies to present whose focus includes: Animal or Human Health
Food, Ag or Plant Genetics
Biofuels or Biomaterials
Medical Technology

Applications will be accepted from October 1, 2015 — January 8, 2016.

More Information & Application >>

 Work Begins for $15 Million Beck's Seed Distributor
City annexation process underway

Mike Mendenhall Jasper County Tribune, Thursday, November 12, 2015

Grading and foundation work has begun at the site of a $15 million, 90,000 square-foot agriculture seed distributor north of Interstate 80 in Colfax.

Crews began shipping in heavy equipment and materials to the construction site of the future Beck's Hybrid Seed in October and have already started laying a rock and gravel base to level and strengthen what will be the building's foundation. The project is expected to be complete in 2016 and bring more than 50 jobs to Colfax.


 SBDC State Advisory Board Leaders Elected
Business Record Daily AM, November 10, 2015

America's SBDC Iowa has elected Maureen Elbert of Algona and Lindsey Buchheit of Sergeant Bluff as the chair and vice chair, respectively, of the SBDC State Advisory Board. The board represents all regions of the state for the business assistance programs operated by Iowa's 15 Small Business Development Centers. Elbert is the executive director of the Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation in Algona. Buchheit is the founder of Buchheit Law PLC in Sergeant Bluff. They begin their one-year terms on Jan. 1. America's SBDC Iowa is an outreach program of Iowa State University's College of Business and is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

 IWD names Schoonover as workforce services manager
Business Record Daily AM, November 11, 2015

has been hired as the new Workforce Services manager. In this position, Schoonover (pronounced SKOON-OVER) will oversee a number of programs, among them the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act; Adult, Youth and Dislocated Worker programs; Promise Jobs and Work Opportunity Tax Credit programs. He will also assist with the statewide implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. A 25-year U.S. Army veteran, Schoonover served in a number of different leadership roles before retiring at the rank of sergeant first class. He most recently was city clerk and administrator of Caledonia, Minn. Schoonover previously worked as county auditor of Montgomery County and served for six years as mayor of Red Oak.

 $4.8 Million State Grant to Aid Sioux City Pork Plant Project
Bret Hayworth, Sioux City Journal, November 10, 2015

A state transportation panel on Tuesday approved a $4.8 million grant to help improve roads leading to the proposed Seaboard Triumph Foods pork plant.

The $264 million plant, under construction in Sioux City's Bridgeport industrial area, is scheduled to open in 2017.





 Am I Considered A Professional?
LaDene H. Bowen, CEcD, FM, HLM

Often I am asked, "When did you get certified in economic development?" In some ways, it seems like yesterday in 1993 enjoying my PDI comrades and celebrating being the first certified female in Iowa. I remember the group stating, "you passed the exam nationally, now you need to pass in Iowa." They proceeded to (in jest) grill me with Iowa-style questions. Now, as I understood, was considered a "professional."





 Become a PDI Sponsor or Advertiser!

Consider becoming a PDI Sponsor or Advertiser! There are many opportunities to help sponsor PDI and our events for 2016.

2016 PDI Marketing Kit

Participate in it all! PDI’s Grow Iowa Day, Spring Event, Educational Events and the Fall Conference - join as a member - advertise in the newsletter and/or website - this kit covers everything. See the benefits of being a partner with PDI.

   2016 PDI Marketing Kit

Annual Sponsors

Annual Sponsors are promoted on the PDI printed materials and are automatically part of the PDI’s Grow Iowa Day, Spring Event, Educational Events and the Fall Conference signage/materials. Among other benefits, Annual Sponsors receive a complementary registration to each conference.

   2016 PDI Annual Sponsor Form

Conference Sponsors

A variety of sponsorship levels are available for both PDI’s Spring Event and Fall Conferences. For your convenience, these levels and the associated benefits are outlined on the sponsorship form below. All conference sponsors are included in event promotional materials. So, be sure to turn in your sponsorship early in order to receive the most recognition for your organization.

   2016 PDI Conference Sponsor Form

For more information, please contact Sponsorship Chair, Shelly Turner,Turner Marketing Consulting, (319) 360-6976 or shelly@turnermktng.com Advertise in the Newsletter, or on the PDI Website

Contact PDI Headquarters at (515) 243-4585, or by Email at director@pdiowa.com.

   2016 PDI Rate Sheet for Website/Newsletter Advertising

 Job Postings:

Regional Planner, Region XII COG, Region XII Council of Governments, Carroll
Program Manager, Institute for Decision Making, UNI, Cedar Falls

More Information >>



 Mark Your Calendars for Future Events/Conferences:

PDI 2016 Grow Iowa Day at the Capitol
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Iowa State Capitol Rotunda
Des Moines, Iowa
(Registration information will be available early December)

Heartland Economic Development Course, Inc.
April 24-28, 2016
Adam's Pointe Conference Center
Blue Springs, MO
More Information & Registration >>

PDI 2016 Spring Event
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
DMACC Southridge Conference Center
Des Moines, Iowa

2016 Iowa SMART Economic Development Conference
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
Embassy Suites on the River — Sleeping Rooms
Des Moines, IA

PDI 2016 Fall Conference
September 28-30, 2016
Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites
Fort Dodge, Iowa

PDI 2016 Spring Conference
September 27-29, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Cedar Rapids Convention Complex
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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

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