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Professional Developers of Iowa
2016 PDI Fall Conference — September 28-30, 2016
Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites, Fort Dodge, IA
"Positioning Your Assets for Global Competition"

Learn about Appealing to Millennials and Generational Changes in the Workforce Patti Dunning, Spherion Staffing, Raleigh, NC

2016 Emerging Workforce Study - Spurred by changes in technology, globalization, demographics, economics, culture, education, legislation and more, the workforce is continually evolving. The Emerging Workforce Study reflects the input of more than 220,000 workers and thousands of employers. It reveals new insights and implications that employers can factor into their workforce planning strategies to boost their ability to attract, engage, develop and retain the best employees. With compelling insights to support improved performance, productivity and profitability, the latest study taps into both worker and employer sentiment around a number of compelling topics: Skill gaps, the multi-generational workforce, talent pipelining, employer branding and reputation, work/life balance, diversity and inclusion, workplace collaboration, training, career development and coaching and succession planning.

Patty Dunning, Spherion Staffing
Patti Dunning serves as the Senior Vice President. For nearly 20 years Spherion has been tracking changes and trends shaping the American workforce through its Emerging Workforce Study. This landmark research explores the rich mosaic of the American workforce across gender, generation and job. It offers insights employers can use to attract, engage and retain top performers. Dunning has more than 20 years of experience focused on operational excellence and business development, she supports Spherion franchise business owners in more than 50 U.S. offices. Her guidance enhances their ability to partner with clients to build a high-performance workforce. Sponsored by Iowa Workforce Development


Fort Dodge
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 Iowa Targeted Small Business Partners

On September 1, 2016, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) will begin administering the Targeted Small Business (TSB) Certification program on behalf of the Department of Inspection and Appeals (DIA).

An updated certification application packet and additional promotional materials can be found on IEDA’s website: Please feel free to link to the application or the promotional fliers. If you would like more detailed information about the program and how it may affect your members or clients, we would be happy to set up a time to talk about the program and provide more details.

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 2016 Moving Iowa Forward Conference

The 2016 Moving Iowa Forward Conference Tuesday will be September 20, 2016 at the Des Moines Marriott. The event is hosted by the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Department of Transportation. The conference will help attendees understand how transportation and economic development can and is working together to make Iowa a better place to do business. Learn how Transportation Matters in the quest to grow and strengthen Iowa’s economy.

The conference keynote speaker is Dr. Walter Kemmsies, Economist & Chief Strategist. Dr. Kemmsies is a Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist for JLL’s U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group. Walter is widely viewed as one of the foremost experts on ports, rail and infrastructure in the U.S. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, demand forecasting, maritime and overall global trade regulatory issues, public/private port and infrastructure financing as well as long term strategic planning/capital investment. Note: Online registration closes on September 13. Walk-in registrations at the door will be accepted.

Registration & Agenda >>

 Branded Program Application Deadline Approaching for 2017 Funding Year

Does your company focus on value-added agricultural products? Are you looking for ways to maximize your marketing dollars? Market your products internationally and receive 50 percent reimbursement through the Food Export Association-Midwest Branded Program while you do it! Eligible activities for value-added agricultural products include: advertisements, marketing and promotions, international (and some US) tradeshows, public relations, foreign- compliant packaging and labeling, and more. Apply Early. The Branded Program opened its application for funding on August 1, 2016, for companies to be reimbursed for export activities occurring between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017.

Branded Program Information >>




 Policy Perspectives

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 Iowa Tourism an $8 Billion Business, Again
Business Record, August 31, 2016

Iowa tourism accounted for $8 billion in spending in 2015, the second year in a row, according to the U.S. Travel Association. State tax receipts from travel were up 25 percent at $466.7 million last year. The industry supported 67,400 jobs, or 4.2 percent of total state nonfarm employment. "Lower gas prices in 2015 helped draw in more travelers who significantly increased their spending on lodging, restaurants, shopping and entertainment," said Shawna Lode, manager of the Iowa Tourism Office.


 Honor Outstanding STEM Leaders

The nomination period is now open for the Des Moines Area Community College Women of Innovation Awards, presented by the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI). The awards recognize and celebrate women in business, government or academia who are leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Students at both the secondary (grades 7-12) and collegiate levels will also be recognized and are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship in two award categories.

More Information & Nomination Form >>

 Partnership Aids Small Business, Entrepreneurs
Andrew Wind, Cedar Valley Business Monthly, September 9, 2016

Small-business growth and entrepreneurs will be the focus of a regional partnership announced Wednesday in Waterloo. The University of Northern Iowa's Business and Community Services will work with economic development groups, chambers of commerce and Main Street organizations in a six-county area through the Cedar Valley Regional Entrepreneurship Project. The effort is funded through a U.S. Economic Development Administration grant.





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 Mark Your Calendars for The Heartland Economic Development Course

April 23 - 27, 2017
Adam's Pointe Conference Center | Blue Springs, Missouri

Heartland Economic Development Course
University of Northern Iowa
113 Business and Community Services Bldg.
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0186

Office: (319)273-6944, (800)782-9520
FAX: (319)273-2787

Presented By: Heartland Economic Development Course, Inc., with the Institute for Decision Making at the University of Northern Iowa, in partnership with the Kansas Economic Development Alliance, Professional Developers of Iowa, Missouri Economic Development Council, Nebraska Economic Developers Association, Oklahoma Professional Economic Development Council (OEDC) and South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development.

 OUEDI 2016 Course Offerings


November 13-17, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, FL


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:



Name: City of Urbandale Department of Economic Development
Geography: City of Urbandale
Budget: Approximately $350,000 annually
Staffing: 2 full-time, seasonal internship
Board: Mayor appoints and City Council approves twelve members of the Economic Development Advisory Board with key perspectives on economic development in Urbandale
Priority Areas: Business Retention & Expansion; Investment Attraction; Workforce Development; External Marketing; Policy Development
Metrics: Progress made on completing strategies in Economic Development Action Plan; business retention/expansion and investment attraction projects’ contribution to employment and community investment
Recent News: Homemakers’ and Habitat for Humanity ReStore investments in Urbandale’s Home Improvement Corridor, major redevelopment and revitalization projects in key areas, including HyVee Education & Training Center
PDI Contact: Economic Development Specialist Katie Gieszler ( – 515-331-6738) and Director of Economic Development Curtis Brown ( – 515-331-6756)

 Job Postings:

Project Manager, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Des Moines
Executive Director, Calhoun County Economic Development, Rockwell City
Economic Development Project Manager, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, Cedar Rapids
Executive Director, Fairfield Economic Development Association, Fairfield
Business Development Coordinator, City of West Des Moines, West Des Moines
Team Leader for the Regulatory and Workforce Assistance Team, IEDA, Des Moines

More Information >>

September 28-30, 2016
Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites, Fort Dodge, IA
"Positioning Your Assets for Global Competition"

Registration is open! Click here >>


2016 HousingIowa Conference
September 7-8, 2016
Mariott Downtown
Des Moines, IA
All nominations must be submitted to the Iowa Finance Authority no later than Friday, July 15, 2016.
Register Today >>

Small Scale Developer Training Workshop
September 14, 2016
Cedar Rapids, IA
More Information >>

Moving Iowa Forward Conference
September 20, 2016
Des Moines Mariott
Des Moines, IA
Registration & Information >>

Workshop: 2016 Funding Economic Development & Land Revitalization through Brownfields, Ames IA Workshop
September 21, 2016
Octagon Center for the Arts
Ames, IA
Registration & Information >>

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

17th Annual Synchronist Users Forum
October 3-4, 2016
Chicago, IL
More Information >>

Dorsey & Whitney's Annual Des Moines Symposium
Using Public Private Partnerships (P3s) for Facilities and Infrastructure Development

October 27, 2016
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Des Moines, IA
Registration >>

Export Conference
November 4, 2016
Fairfield Arts and Convention Center
Fairfield, IA
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University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute
November 13-17, 2016
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

For more information, contact Lynn Harkin, PDI Headquarters at (515) 243-4585 or Email


PDI Thanks the 2016 Sponsors




Alliant Energy



Rural Iowa


Triple Event Sponsors
Diligent Development
(Peoples Company)
ITC Midwest LLC
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
Convergent Fundraising Solutions
Greater Burlington Partnership

BRE Award
Smart Solutions Group

Contributing Sponsors - Spring & Fall
Central Iowa Power Cooperative
Greater Des Moines Partnership
Iowa Association of Business & Industry
Union County Development Association
Fall only
Access Energy Cooperative
Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative
North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corp.
Spring only
Iowa Utility Association

Trap Shoot Sponsor
Interstates Companies

Golf Sponsor
Woodruff Construction, LLC

Local Host Sponsors
Calhoun County REC
Calhoun County Economic Development Corp
City of Fort Dodge
Corn Belt Power
Fort Dodge Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance
Iowa Central Community College
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative
Mid Iowa Growth Partners
Midland Power Cooperative
Prairie Energy Cooperative


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