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Presidential Post - September 15, 2013

 

BRENT WILLETT
Brent Willett
PDI President

I'm going to keep this brief, because you don't have time to read some longwinded newsletter article- you're getting your affairs in order to be out of the office for a couple of days to attend PDI conference September 25—27. Right? By now you've heard about the fantastic programming for work and play

  • Wednesday: Golf! Bikes! Trapshooting!
  • Thursday: Personalized leadership roadmaps. Bar Camp. Roundtables. Certification.
  • Friday: Governor Branstad. Lt. Governor Reynolds. Director Durham. Legislative updates.

I want to focus in on that third bullet [shamelessly lifted from my August 13 PDI Post message] for a minute. If you've been a member for a while, you've come to be accustomed to a great social activity on conference Wednesday [though not three, like we have this year] and you've come to expect a Thursday packed with programming and networking opportunities [though perhaps not to the level they're being offered this year, including a national speaker, a Bar Camp and discussion roundtables with the very best in the business]. It's Friday that puts this year's conference over the top.

We'll kick off the day with a shot of economic development adrenaline [as always] from Director Durham for an IEDA update. Then we'll move into a legislative update and the naming of PDI Legislators of the Year- the first in several years. We'll have a session on putting a DC fly-in together and federal advocacy best practices. And then Governor Branstad [confirmed] and Lt. Governor Reynolds [confirmed] will address us all, so make sure you stick around through the morning Friday to hear from our state's top officials. 

We'll start the conference off with a bang [literally, if you're participating in the trapshooting event] and end with a boom in an address from our state's top two officials. 2013 PDI Conference is truly something not to miss.

Don't have time to register? It will take you less time than reading this message did. Here.

Brent Willett
President, Professional Developers of Iowa

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