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

This month I want to discuss a couple of the many acronyms in the economic developers tool kit. They need our time and attention so we can make sure that we get recognized for our efforts and share the success we have realized from these programs.

BRE — This acronym is on the forefront our development radar. It is a fundamental strategy to grow our local economies. Business Retention & Expansion is a primary program of work for many of us. There are some great BRE programs across the state and here is your opportunity to be recognized for your efforts. The PDI Education committee is seeking nominations for our annual BRE Awards. Applications are due March 24th. Dont miss your chance to submit a nomination in the Overall Program category or a Single Project/Success category. The award winners will be recognized at the Iowa SMART Economic Development Conference on April 28th. A special thank you to Smart Solutions Group, Inc. and Blane/Canada Synchronist Suite for sponsoring the BRE Award program.

TIF — This local development tool provides flexibility to our local communities and counties to participate in retaining, recruiting business and addressing blighted areas. Each year our legislative team work to educate our legislators on the importance of the increased tax value from a project to be a critical financing tool for projects. It is not a tool that can be used for all situations but for some projects it is the only sensible way to fund projects that may not otherwise happen. Any further barriers or impediments to the current law takes away from its flexibility. Our lobbyist have alerted us once again with a TIF ALERT. Lets not let TIF fatigue set in. Visit with your legislators on the importance of this tool. Show them the successes it has made for our local economies and how it can be used for proper planning and development of our communities.
Wayne J. Pantini

Join Us for PDI's Spring Event

April 27, 2016, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, Reception Following
PDI Spring Event – held in conjunction with the SMART Conference
DMACC Center for Career & Professional Development at Southridge Mall,
1111 South Army Post Road, Des Moines, Iowa

Theme: Keeping Communities Viable - Strategies for Growth & Vitality

Registration & Information >>

Kiley Miller, CEcD
Join us on April 27 for a session on Telling Your Community's Story with PDIs own Kiley Miller, CEcD. The focus of this session will be on writing press releases, getting the media to pick up on your story and most importantly, the importance of communicating your economic development story — to all your audiences.

Kiley Miller is President & CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, a position he has held since 2014. Prior to joining the Corridor, Miller was Executive Vice President of the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, his hometown. He has also been a print journalist and served in the U.S. Army. Kiley and his wife, Carry, live in Arnolds Park with their daughter, Carson (15), and two sons, Caleb (13) and Sawyer (10).



 Economic Development Organizations Encouraged to Submit Awards Application for Business Retention and Expansion Efforts

The Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) will honor economic development organizations from across Iowa during the SMART Economic Development Conference held in Des Moines on April 28.

The PDI Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Awards Program recognizes the outstanding efforts of local and regional economic development initiatives in supporting growth and expansion of existing Iowa companies.

"Supporting Iowas existing industry is a key priority for PDIs membership," stated Wayne Pantini, PDI President. "The BRE Awards are intended to increase the focus on fostering Iowa business growth by economic development organizations and spotlight BRE programs and projects that have made a significant impact on Iowa communities."

Sponsored by Smart Solutions Group and Blane/Canada

More Information >>

2015 Recipients: City of Sioux City — Bomgaars Supply Inc. Expansion

 Notice of Funding Availability: Railroad Revolving and Grant Program

The Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant (RRLG) Program provides financial assistance to improve rail facilities that will create jobs, spur economic activity and improve the rail transportation system in Iowa. The program is funded through appropriations from the state legislature and repayments from loans for rail development projects funded in the past. For this round, the program has an expected minimum of $4 million available for eligible projects.




Read Policy Perspectives Newsletter >>

 NEW Free Iowa Bankers Legislative Directory App

IBA has launched a new Legislative Directory App. You can download it from the App Store or the Google Play Store.

Just search: Iowa Bankers Legislative App.



At the award reception: Jason Hutcheson, President/CEO Greater Burlington Partnership; Rod Crowner, Councilman, City of West Burlington; Charlie Walsh, CEO of F&M Bank; Chairman Economic Development Board; Jim Ferneau, City Manager, Burlington; David Toyer, Economic Developer Director, Greater Burlington Partnership; Shane McCampbell, Mayor, City of Burlington
 Greater Burlington Earns Top Rank

Greater Burlington has been ranked by Site Selection Magazine as the #1 metro on the Mississippi River for the number of private-sector projects per capita over the last 18 months. The winner of this ranking is awarded what the magazine has dubbed "The Big Muddy Cup" in honor of the Mississippi River, which is a significant geographic trait shared by all of 34 river communities competing for this ranking. Greater Burlington was also ranked by Site Selection Magazine T-13 among the nations 536 micropolitans.

More Information >>

 Virtual Welding Sparks Interest of Students
By Kent Dinnebier, Clarinda Herald-Journal, February 25, 2016

In response to the demand from several area manufacturers, Clarinda High School has started a new program to teach students the fundamentals of a highly sought after skill.

Utilizing advancements in technology, Clarinda students are being introduced to welding through the use of virtual reality.





 Gen Z: Marketing to The Individuals

Im a proud Millennial by birth. Im 23 years old, I use Snapchat regularly, I dont have a cable television subscription and I stream all of my music online. Growing up, I faced constant labeling in the media (and real life) from Generation X & Baby Boomers alike. I was part of the "instant gratification, participation ribbon" generation, with supposedly no direction or future in the workforce.


 Maureen Collins Kicks off Speaker Series

Community development expert Maureen Collins will kick off The Tomorrow Plan 2016 Speaker Series this month with a talk on the sharing economy.

Collins — a trainer, speaker and author specializing in community economic development, entrepreneurship and technology innovation says the Iowa economy, like the rest of the country, is undergoing profound change. New business models such as Uber and Airbnb create opportunities for business, while putting public policy to the test.


 Synchronist March Training Webinar

Attend any or all of our March training webinars at no cost. Users and partners welcome.

Tuesday, March 15th, 10:30 am CST - Operator Basics
Wednesday, March 16th, 10:30 am CST - Reporting Basics
Thursday, March 17th, 10:30 am CST - Taking Advantage of Synchronist CRM
Tuesday, March 22nd, 10:30 am CST - Interviewing Tips and Tricks
Wednesday, March 23rd, 10:30 am CST - xTool Advanced Reporting and Analysis
Thursday, March 24th, 10:30 am CST - What's Next for Synchronist? What's on Your Wish List?

To register just email info@blanecanada.com. Indicate which sessions you wish to participate in and provided your email address. We will send you the links before each session.?

 OUEDI 2016 Course Offerings


May 1-5, 2016 in San Antonio, TX
November 13-17, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, FL


Business Retention & Expansion: March 14 - May 8
Strategic Planning: May 16- July 10
Entrepreneurship: July 18 - September 11
Marketing: September 19 - November 13
Business Retention & Expansion: November 21 - January 15, 2017

More Information >>




 Getting To Know Your Members — Spotlight Article

The PDI PR/Communications Committee invites you to share information about your organization in our monthly spotlights. You can use this information to connect with other PDI members who have the same issues you might be facing or can contact them regarding something new they are doing. We want to hear from YOU too! It should include information on: Name; Geography (area served; location in state); Funding make-up; Budget size; Staffing (how many & their titles); Board make-up; Priority Areas; Metrics (ie: Jobs Created and Retained; Capital Investment; Businesses started; Capital raised; Housing starts etc.); News & Accomplishments; PDI Contact & Email/phone. Send photos too! Please meet our next PDI member in the following spotlight:


Organization: Iowa Western Community College (Computer Information Technology Department [The Port])
Geography: Pottawattamie, Mills, Fremont, Harrison, Cass, Shelby, Page, and Montgomery Counties
Funding: Public
Budget: Not Available
Staffing: Two full-time and two part-time
Board: Not applicable
Priority Areas: Provide business services to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Identify internship opportunities for students in the Computer Information Technology Department
Metrics: Number of students placed in credit internship positions and the number of Enter IT projects completed
PDI Contact: Terry D. Bailey, CEcD, 712.256.7941, tbailey@iwcc.edu


 Did You Know?...

When your mission is...Professional Developers of Iowa, Inc., is a voluntary group of professional economic development personnel affiliated for the purpose of furthering the development of the economic base of the State of Iowa — its the last part of that sentence can conjure up all kinds of meanings. Economic development is a competitive business and long ago, the PDI Board of Directors agreed that the following code of ethics was established to ensure a high ethical standard for those involved in economic development. New members are required to sign it when they join but everyone should be reminded that we all raise the bar when we act ethically.

The following principles constitute the PDI Code of Ethics:

1. Members will establish and maintain standards of conduct that go beyond the requirements of law.
2. Members will carry out all activities in a manner becoming of and bringing honor to the good reputation of the profession, PDI, the entity they represent, and the State of Iowa.

More Code of Ethics >>

 Job Postings:

Project Manager, Greater Dallas County Development Alliance, West Des Moines
Economic Development Coordinator, Midwest Partnership ED Corp, Adair, Audubon, Greene and Guthrie Countie
Community Development Director, City of Sheldon, Sheldon

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.

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 Mark Your Calendars for Future Events/Conferences:

2016 Biotech Innovation Showcase
March 30 & 31, 2016
FAA Enrichment Center, DMACC
Ankeny, IA
More Information & Registration

Partnering for Growth Forum
March 30 & 31, 2016
FAA Enrichment Center, DMACC
Ankeny, IA
More Information & Registration

2016 Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence / Governor's Celebration of Excellence
March 31, 2016
Prairie Meadows Confernce Center
Altoona, IA
More Information & Registration

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
Renaissance Savery Hotel Des Moines Sleeping Rooms
Des Moines, IA

University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute
May 1-5, 2016
San Antonio, TX

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

University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute
November 13-17, 2016
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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


PDI Thanks the 2016 Sponsors




Alliant Energy


Renew Rural Iowa


Triple Event Sponsors
Diligent Development
(Peoples Company)
ITC Midwest
Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corp.

Conference Supporting Sponsor
Iowa Workforce Development

Conference Supporting Sponsors - Fall only
Black Hills Energy

Conference Exhibit Sponsors - Fall only
Greater Burlington Partnership
JEO Consulting Group Inc.

BRE Award
Smart Solutions Group

Contributing Sponsors - Spring & Fall
Central Iowa Power Cooperative
Greater Des Moines Partnership
Midland Power Cooperative
Union County Development Association
Fall only
Access Energy Cooperative
Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative

Local Host Sponsors
Calhoun County REC
Corn Belt Power
Iowa Central Community College
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative
Prairie Energy Cooperative


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