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
Happy New Year! With this New Year upon us, we as developers traditionally start the year with a bustle of activity that may include closing out the past year, promoting our accomplishments and drafting our work plans for the future. That plan includes a charge towards the State Capitol to visit with our legislators as they convene with the arduous task of setting the budget for the next fiscal year and discussing policy. As I think back eleven years ago to my first trip to the Capitol as an economic developer, I was not prepared. I have since gained a wealth of experience from my fellow PDI members, our lobbyist and legislators on how to best approach advocating about issues that matter to us locally and as a PDI organization. The following is a list I created a few years back that I think it worth sharing again.

The Economic Developers Legislative Advocacy Top Ten List -

10) Know who your local legislators are.
9) Keep their contact information current.
8) Review your legislators committees.
7) Discuss with them the PDI Legislative Agenda.
6) Provide examples of positive/negative impact.
5) Attend Local Legislative Roundtables throughout the session.
4) Attend PDI Grow Iowa Day.
3) Monitor the "Hot Topics of the Session" Will they impact your work?
2) Provide any feedback to PDI Legislative Committee Chairs and Lobbyist.
1) Thank your legislators for their hard work!

If you have not done so already, please review the 2016 PDI Legislative Agenda. The Legislative Committee Co-Chairs have also provided some talking points on each agenda item to assist in carrying our message. Be sure to check your calendar and that you have registered for the PDI Grow Iowa Day. It will be Feb. 10th from 10:30 am — 2:30 pm in the First Floor Rotunda of the State Capitol. I hope to see you there!

Wayne J. Pantini



 New State Report Finds Tax Credits Underused
By Business Record Staff, Business Record Daily PM, January 15, 2016

A new Iowa Department of Revenue analysis found that many businesses that created a lot of jobs didn't use the state's new jobs tax credit.


 Program to Introduce Low-wage Women to Heavy Equipment Jobs
By Business Record Staff, Business Record Daily PM, January 15, 2016

Iowa Workforce Development, IowaWORKS and Hawkeye Community College are using a $75,000 Walmart Foundation grant to introduce low-income Iowa women to high-growth construction jobs. The grant covers the costs of bringing a specialized Hawkeye Community College construction equipment simulator along with an instructor and assistant to each of Iowa's 15 IowaWORKS offices in 2016. The simulator is part of the "Six-Step Workshops," which allow women in the Promise Jobs program the opportunity to learn about construction jobs and experience a hands-on simulator to operate construction equipment. Construction is the second-highest-paying industry for men enrolled in the program; however, females represent only 2.3 percent of that workforce. Average hourly wages for heavy equipment operators is $20.84 per hour, and projected openings and wages are growing.

 Practitioner's Manual for Development of Speculative Buildings

The Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) organization has provided a practitioner’s manual to its membership for the development of speculative buildings since 1996. The first manual was in response to the statewide interest in using speculative buildings as an economic development strategy. A second update was completed in 2001 and copies are available from PDI.

Recently the PDI Board commissioned KJE Solutions, LLC for a second update which provides 2015 insights and recommendations to PDI members and their communities considering speculative buildings as part of their economic development program.

Thank you to those who participated in interviews and who responded to surveys regarding their spec building experiences since 2001. These included:

Allen Williams, Iowa Economic Development Authority
Greg Theis, MidAmerican Energy
Jim Vermeer, Corn Belt Power Cooperative
Mike Espeset, Story Construction
Rick Allely, JEO Consulting Group
Adams Community Economic Development Corporation
Appanoose Economic Development Corporation
Greater Burlington Partnership
DeWitt Chamber and Development Company
Estherville Industrial Development Corporation
Franklin County Development
City of Hawarden
Iowa Falls Development Corporation
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative
LeMars Business Initiative Corporation

Prepared and submitted by: Kathy J. Evert, KJE Solutions, LLC, 712.260.8746, KJESolutions@gmail.com

Duplication of this manual is prohibited without the written consent of the Professional Developers of Iowa — www.pdiowa.com.




 PDI 2016 Legislative Agenda Unveiled

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 >>

 PDI 2016 Grow Iowa Day at the Capitol

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Iowa State Capitol Rotunda, Des Moines, IA

Join us for the 2016 Grow Iowa Day at the Iowa State Capitol on February 10, 2016. Grow Iowa Day is PDI's best opportunity to demonstrate to legislators the strength and breadth of our membership organization. Legislators respond to their constituents which is why it is so important that our members attend in mass and dialogue with them. Grow Iowa Day has demonstrated a tremendous return on investment with our legislators.

Exhibit spaces are available and the application form is online at http://www.pdiowa.com/wcm/Members/EventDetail?EventKey=GID16.

If you want more information, contact PDI Headquarters at director@pdiowa.com.

For More Information Contact:
Tod Faris, Legislative Committee Co-Chair - 641/856-3388; aedcdirector@iowatelecom.net
Kiley Miller, Legislative Committee Co-Chair – 712/264-3474; kmiller@lakescorridor.com
Brian Crowe, Legislative Committee Co-Chair- 319/730-1425 bcrowe@cedarrapids.org
Amy Campbell, Lobbyist – 515/554-5838; Amy@IALobby.com
Craig Patterson, Lobbyist – 515/554-7920; Craig@IALobby.com

 Iowa's Open Records Law - Who, What, When, and Why?
By Matthew McKinney, BrownWinick Attorneys at Law

Iowa's Open Records laws permit Iowans and Iowa businesses to obtain numerous types of records and communications from government bodies and officials. Frequently, Iowans and Iowa businesses use these laws to obtain general information about government activities as well as information about how competitors may be communicating with the government. Access to such records is governed by Iowa Code Chapter 22.





 Illinois Among 7 States Losing Population; Iowa Gains Slowly
By Ed Tibbetts, Quad-City Times, December 29, 2015

Illinois was one of seven states across the country that lost population last year, according to federal figures that also showed Iowa gaining people, but only slowly. Illinois lost 22,194 people between July 1, 2014, and last July 1, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which released its annual population estimates last week.


 New Egg Hatchery Expected to Be Operational by Early 2016
By Charles Potter, Muscatine Journal/Quad-City Business Journal, December 29, 2015

What comes first, the chicken or the egg? When the new Hy-Line North America plant in Wilton's Industrial Park begins operations early in 2016, it will be the egg.

"Tentatively, our first eggset is January 10th," Ross Greenawalt, hatchery specialist for Pennsylvania-based Hy-Line North America, said as he led the Wilton City Council on a tour of the 95,000-square-foot, multi-million dollar facility last week. "We're booked through the year after that."


 MidAmerican Aerospace Readying New Cedar Rapids Home
Former Kmart in Cedar Rapids will provide larger warehouse

By George C. Ford, The Gazette, December 29, 2015

Landing gear, jet engine cowling, avionics and other parts for commercial airliners will replace consumer goods and blue light specials next summer at a former Kmart in southwest Cedar Rapids.

Primus Construction is renovating the 117,000-square-foot building at 2727 16th Ave. SW for MidAmerican Aerospace. The company expects to move there July 1 from its current 45,000-square-foot headquarters at 280 Blairs Ferry Road NE.


 Van Meter Inc. Completes Purchase of Bright Electrical Supply
Business Record, Monday, January 4, 2016

Cedar Rapids-based electrical supplier Van Meter Inc. announced today that it has successfully completed its purchase of Bright Electrical Supply, a leading lighting distributor located in Chicago. Intentions to buy the lighting distributor were announced on Dec. 1. Bright employees, including long-time president David Borovsky, are now Van Meter employee-owners. Van Meter's Chicago location will continue to be known as Bright Electric. The tagline "'Powered by Van Meter" will be added to the name Bright to denote new ownership.





 2016 Iowa Downtown Conference: Call for Presenters

The Iowa Economic Development Authority's Iowa Downtown Resource Center will present the annual Iowa Downtown Conference August 3-4, 2016, in Mason City. The state's premier event for professionals and volunteers involved in downtown and historic commercial district revitalization in Iowa will feature general sessions, concurrent breakout sessions and hands-on educational training throughout the conference, as well as informational tours, networking opportunities and an exhibit hall.





 Did You Know?

PDI's Membership comes from all of these states:

Minneosta: 1
Arizona: 1
Georgia: 1
Kansas: 1
South Dakota: 1
Iowa: 314
Illinois: 4
Nebraska: 3
Wisconsin: 2

 Job Postings:

Executive Director, Visit Mason City Iowa, Mason City
Tax & Compliance Counsel and Legislative Liaison, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Des Moines
Project Manager, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Des Moines

More Information >>

 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. 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 & Conference 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.

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

   •2016 PDI Rate Sheet for Website/Newsletter Advertising

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.



 Mark Your Calendars for Future Events/Conferences:

The Renewal Awards: Celebrating America's Local Innovators
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Olmstead Center, Drake Univesity
Des Moines, Iowa
More Information >>

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) 101
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites
Fort Dodge, Iowa
More Information

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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