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PDI Presidential Post - June 16, 2015


By Jason Hutcheson, PDI President

Jason Hutcheson
PDI President

The survey results are in! The revamped PDI Spring Event held at the Iowa Farm Bureau offices in early May was a hit. By an overwhelming majority, you indicated that sessions on Wednesday afternoon in conjunction with the SMART Conference was a preferred option over sessions on Friday morning. It is safe to say PDI will look at similar arrangement next year. Major kudos to Sandy Ehrig, Stacie LoVan, and Greg Theis, the education committee co-chairs for leading a great event.

In addition, the lobbying team at Campbell/Patterson and your legislative co-chairs were hard at work this spring and represented your concerns all the way to Sine Die. You recently received an action alert regarding the Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit. PDI, in association with like-minded organizations, put on the full court press to ensure important components of this important proposed program. Legislators in the House received your strong statements and supported the major elements of the language. Although we were ultimately not successful in the Senate, kudos to you for responding so quickly. Your efforts made a big difference.

Keep doing great work within your organization and community!

2015 PDI Fall Conference

September 23-25, 2015 
Historic Park Inn, Mason City, IA
"Bring It Home: Harmonizing Growth & Talent"
Registration will open early July

Some of the Topics/Speakers:

General Sessions:

From Distracted to Productive: Finding Your Productivity and Focus in an Increasingly Interrupted World — Randy Dean, Randall Dean Consulting & Training, LLC, Lansing, MI
Addressing the Talent Shortage Panel — Iowa Employers
BEST Annual Meeting — Deb Calvert, MidAmerican Energy 
IEDA Update — Director Debi Durham, Iowa Economic Development Authority
Legislative Update — PDI Legislative Committee Leaders/Lobbyists 
Success Strategies for Times of Change — Brenda Clark Hamilton, Fresh Coffee Professional Programs

Breakout Sessions: (Two Tracks &mdashs; Introductory & Advanced) 
Finding an Extra Hour Every Day: Time Management Tips & Tricks for Busy Professionals — Randy Dean
Batelle Study...Thinking Differently About the Data — Katheryn Kunert, Mid American Energy
Resources for New & Existing Businesses — Iowa Small Business Development Center; Advance Iowa; IASource Link; CIRAS-ISU
Show Me the Money - Enhancing & Maintaining Your Investor Base — Warren County ED; Kossuth-Palo Alto ED; KJE Solutions; UNI-IDM


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