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The Presidential Post, July 17, 2014

By Stacie LoVan, PDI President

Stacie LoVan
PDI President


I know that the first reaction many of us have is to hang up or hit the delete key the moment we hear or read the word SURVEY. Completing a survey is time-consuming and often seen as holding no benefit to the survey-taker. PDI’s biennial survey is different!As a member of PDI, you benefit directly from the results of the survey. And, the information we collect is only as valuable as the number of members who take time to complete it. 

The biennial survey allows PDI as an organization to gather information on our profession in Iowa as well as to receive feedback on PDI’s programming. One of the key outcomes of the survey is the salary and organizational profile report that PDI generates. Many members have used PDI’s survey results to demonstrate to their local investors the level of funding organizations across Iowa receive from public versus private sources. Government entities and EDO’s in Iowa use the PDI salary and benefits information to compare their pay structure with similar-sized organizations across the state. It’s a great benchmarking tool. The PDI Board uses the results of the survey to plan our educational programs, newsletter format, membership benefits and more. 

You will have until Friday, August 15, to complete the survey. You can access the survey athttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014PDI_Member_Survey. Thank you for taking a few minutes to respond. Results will be presented at the PDI Fall Conference at Honey Creek Resort in September. 

Call for Leadership:

This year's annual meeting will be held on Thursday, September 25, 2014 during the PDI Fall Conference at the Honey Creek Resort, Moravia, IA. A nomination committee is being appointed, with current Vice President Jason Hutcheson chairing the group. The committee will be accepting nominations through Friday, July 18, 2014. PDI is a member-driven organization with a great tradition of an active board — these are three year terms. The PDI Board is responsible to:

Promote PDI among economic development industry;
Co-Chair a Committee and provide information to full board and back to members:
Recruit, retain and support membership; 
Attend 10 board meetings/year and support PDI events;
Participate in association strategic planning and continue to monitor work plan throughout the year; 
Be fiscally responsible and monitor association finances, programs, policies/practices etc.

If you would like to nominate yourself or a fellow PDI member, please send your nominations along with a bio/background information to PDI Headquarters by fax (515) 334-1167 or Email director@pdiowa.com. Thanks for supporting YOUR professional association!

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