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The Presidential Post, September 4, 2014

By Stacie LoVan, PDI President

Stacie LoVan
PDI President

It's hard to believe that the PDI Annual Conference "Utilizing Your Resources" is less than three weeks away! This year's conference committee has developed a great event with a variety of session topics and activities to meet the varied interests of our members. If you like golfing, trap and skeet shooting, touring historic downtowns, boat rides, or outdoor picnics and bonfires, Wednesday will offer an enjoyable time of networking with your peers. Does this year's conference offer an excellent educational track? Absolutely! Learn about Creative Workforce Development from one of Iowa's premier manufacturers, Vermeer Corporation. Christopher Lloyd with McGuireWoods Consulting will present The Good, the Bad and the Responsibility, regarding incentives. Our breakout sessions will feature topics on workforce development, laborshed studies, STEM initiatives, and where to find the research and resources you need. Our closing session will address ways to work with companies who have mature products. 

Our conference venue, Honey Creek Resort, is an awesome facility offering an indoor water park, boat and bike rentals, outdoor activities, a golf course, and more. It is fun for the whole family! While attendees will spend the majority of time at the resort, we will have a chance to see Centerville and experience their hospitality, as well.

We couldn't offer such a high caliber conference and keep the registration fees low without the support of our sponsors. Time and again, PDI has benefited from the generosity and support of many businesses and organizations in our state. To all our sponsors: THANK YOU! You are making a major impact on economic development in Iowa.

I would like to specifically thank the local region for the support they are providing to this year's conference. Opportunity Squared, with leadership from Tod Faris, has taken over the planning efforts for the conference and has done an outstanding job. Centerville and the Rathbun Lake Area Chambers have stepped up to help, and host community organizations are sponsoring Thursday's evening activities. Our host community sponsors are:

1st Iowa State Bank
Albia Industrial Development Corporation
Appanoose County Economic Development
Appanoose County Tourism 
Appanoose Industrial Corporation 
Cargill Meat Solutions
Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative
Indian Hills Community College
John Deere Ottumwa Works
Lucas County Development Corporation
Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative
Opportunity Squared Economic Development Region
Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation
Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation
Peoples State Bank
South Ottumwa Savings Bank
Southern Iowa Electric Cooperative
US Bank
In-Kind: The Cline Companies (Majestic Theater & Transportation)

Please see the list of all our sponsors at the bottom of this newsletter.

Are you registered for the conference? It's not too late to register, but you need to do so soon. The conference is September 24-26!

Written by Stacie LoVan
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