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   President's Message   Development Update   Legislative Update   Statewide Pride   Education   Who's Who   Events November 23, 2016


 Mark Reinig, CEcD, PDI President

Mark Reinig, CEcD
PDI President
Wow! PDI President, these are big shoes to fill, but the path has been well defined by many others before me. First a big thank you for Wayne Pantini's leadership over the last year and I'm looking forward to his sage advice during the coming year.

Our organization is only as strong as its membership and board of directors and your involvement in PDI will strengthen the organization in being the go to organization in Iowa for economic development leadership. I would like to encourage everyone to submit BRE projects for recognition at the SMART conference this Spring. You have had many successful projects and programs since last April and will complete many before the SMART Conference so submit those successes and bring the spotlight onto your community or region.

It's towards the end of the year so your PDI membership renewal will soon be in your mailboxes, your past support of PDI is invaluable for our success. Invite a local partner in your economic development efforts to become a PDI member! We cannot grow the Iowa economy without their support so let's get them involved with PDI. Your support of PDI is very much appreciated.

As part of my message each PDI Post I will bring to your attention successful creative programming and efforts across the state related to economic development. I am in a rare position as my territory as Economic Development Program Manager for CIRAS at Iowa State University is all 99 counties in the state of Iowa. The past couple of months has seen many great events associated with economic development and workforce. The month of October was Manufacturers Month and the many partnering entities across the state CIRAS, Community Colleges, Iowa Workforce Development, local economic development organizations, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Area Development Group, and the Iowa Association of Business and Industry held over 160 events with manufacturers showcasing that manufacturing has become a clean, high-technology industry packed with fulfilling opportunities. A big thank you to the many PDI members who assisted and held events across the state.

Mark Reinig
CEcD, PDI President

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 IEDA Site Certification Program

The next application round of IEDA's Iowa Site Certification program will be in January. Information on participating in the program will be sent out at a later date, but if you have questions on the program, please feel free to contact Chris Cataldo at 515-725-3157 or Chris is also available to meet with your organization or regional marketing group to discuss the program. With over $480 million worth of projects landing on sites within the program, make sure your sites are truly ready for development.




 Post-Election Report

Iowa Senate: Switched from Democratic control (26 D-24 R) to Republican control (29 R - 19 D - 1 Independent - 1 Vacancy). Republicans defeated 6 incumbent Democratic Iowa Senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, Sen. Tom Courtney, Sen. Steve Sodders, Sen. Chris Brase, Sen. Brian Schoenjahn, and Sen. Mary Jo Wilhelm. One new Democrat will join the new minority party this year - Nate Boulton was elected to replace retiring Sen. Dick Dearden. A special election is scheduled for Dec. 27 to fill the seat vacated by the death of Sen. Joe Seng (D); Republicans have nominated Mike Gonzales, a Le Claire police officer and Democrats will pick their nominee soon. Reps. Cindy Winckler & Jim Lykam have both said they are interested in the nomination. Republicans selected their leadership team this weekend: Sen. Bill Dix (Senate Majority Leader); Sen. Jack Whitver (President of the Senate); Sen. Jerry Behn (President Pro Temp); Sen. Charles Schneider (Majority Whip); Senators Michael Breitbach, Randy Fenestra, Amy Sinclair, Dan Zumbach (Assistant Majority Leaders). Democrats will meet on Nov. 19 to select their new minority leader (no word on who will step up, but we hear Bolkcom, Hogg, Jochum, McCoy, Mathis, Petersen).

Iowa House: Republicans expanded their majority in the Iowa House by 2 seats (59 R - 41 D); Republicans defeated incumbent Patti Ruff (D) and picked up a Democratic seat vacated by the retirement of Nancy Dunkel (D). In all, there will be 15 new faces in the Iowa House this year. The House Democrats met this weekend and decided to re-elect Rep. Mark Smith as their Minority Leader, but there is a new slate of assistant leaders (Rep. Bruce Bearinger, Rep. Liz Bennett, Rep. Brian Meyer, Rep. Helen Miller). House Republicans are set to meet this week to elect their leaders, but are expected to retain Rep. Linda Upmeyer as Speaker of the House and Rep. Chris Hagenow as House Majority Leader.

 Map of Freshmen Legislators (22 of them)

Red is Republican; Blue is Democrat; the sole Purple marker is for the Seng seat.

You can also use this link so you can actually click on the marker and see the name and who they replaced.

See Map >>




 Aircraft Supplier Rockwell Collins to Buy B/E Aerospace for $6.4 Billion
By Reuters, October 23, 2016

The aircraft component maker Rockwell Collins has struck a deal to buy an aircraft interior maker, B/E Aerospace, for $62 a share in cash and stock, the companies said on Sunday.

The acquisition, valued at $6.4 billion plus the assumption of $1.9 billion in debt, expands the range of products that Rockwell Collins supplies to major commercial and business aircraft and broadens its customer base internationally.


 Hubbell Expanding at Grimes Distribution Center
Business Record, October 26, 2016

Strong demand for multiuse warehouse and industrial space combined with low vacancy rates has prompted Hubbell Realty Co. to start construction on its fourth 110,000-square-foot building in its Grimes Distribution Center. CBRE|Hubbell Commercial Vice President Morey Knutsen said occupancy at the three other same-size buildings that the company has completed is at roughly 94 percent, with 20,000 square feet available in the most recently completed structure.


 Arconic Lands Multi-year, $1B Airbus Contract
By Jennifer DeWitt, Quad City Times, November 7, 2016

Arconic has received a multi-year, $1 billion contract with Airbus that will get a huge assist from new manufacturing equipment being installed at Arconic Davenport Works.

Arconic, the new company created when Alcoa split in two as of Nov. 1, announced Monday that the contract gives Arconic aluminum sheet and plate "an unprecedented position" on Airbus' highest volume programs.


 Linn County Voters Overwhelmingly Support Conservation Ballot Measure
By Jenna Ladd, Iowa Environmental Focus, November 11, 2016

Despite a divisive national political climate, voters in Linn County spoke with one voice in favor of conservation measures in their county on Tuesday. Introduced by the Linn County Conservation Board, the ballot measure proposed a $40 million bond to be used for land and water conservation efforts in the county. Unlike other ballot measures in the state, which are typically decided by razor-thin margins, the conservation bond proposal passed with over 74 percent voter approval.





 Nov/Dec Training Webinars

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

Tuesday, November 29th, 10:30 am CST - Contact Management for Transparency and Accountability
Wednesday, November 30th, 10:30 am CST - BR|E Operator Basics - Survey, Strategy & Tools

Thursday, December 1st, 10:30 am CST - Reporting for Management and Operational Status

Friday, December 2nd, 10:30 am CST - Using Assistance Tracking & Interactions to Demonstrate Value + Impact

Tuesday, December 6th, 10:30 am CST - xTool for Annual Reporting

Wednesday, December 7th, 10:30 am CST - Synchronist CRTS, BR|E for Local Business Strategy

Thursday, December 8th, 10:30 am CST - Interview Tips & Techniques

To register just email Indicate which sessions you wish to participate in and provide your email address. We will send you the links the day before each session.?

 Region XII to Host Open Meetings and Open Records Workshop Dec. 1

IPA provides training for members of city boards and commissions on legal requirements such as open meetings, public records, gifts, and conflict-of-interest laws, duties and responsibilities, and methods for enhancing board effectiveness. This program will present the basic laws and concepts that apply to local government boards and commissions. New and experienced leaders alike will find this unique opportunith helpful. Presenter: Jeff Schott, Director, University of Iowa Institute of Public Affairs

This workshop will be held December 1, 2016, in Region XII COG's training room at 1009 East Anthony Street, Carroll. Dinner will be at 5:30 PM with the program to begin at 6:00 PM. Fee is $15 per person, and seating is limited. Registration can be made by contacting Chris Whitaker at or via phone 712-775-7811.

 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.




 New Members

Kristin Dietzel, Greater Dubuque Development Co, Dubuque, IA
Joe Hrdkicka, Iowa Biotechnology Association, Des Moines, IA

 Job Postings:

Chamber Director of Business Services, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber, Waterloo/Cedar Falls
Strategic Marketing Director, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber, Waterloo/Cedar Falls

More Information >>


PDI 2017 Grow Iowa Day at the Capitol
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Iowa State Capitol Rotunda
Des Moines, IA

Heartland Economic Development Course, Inc.
April 23-27, 2017
Adam's Pointe Conference Center, Blue Springs, MO
More Information & Registration >>

PDI 2017 Spring Event
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Location TBD

SMART Conference
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, Des Moines, IA

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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