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2019 PDI Fall Conference

Registration includes educational sessions, handouts, receptions, and meals. Each person attending must be registered and paid in full prior to the conference. Optional activities on Wednesday (golf, trap shoot, riverside walk, and educational session) require an additional fee.
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>> Please note that by attending the PDI Fall Conference, you agree that PDI can use any photo taken of you at the conference and use on the PDI social media pages, newsletters, and PDI website.

Cancellation/Refund Policy:
Written cancellations received on or before Monday, September 16 will be charged a $50 cancellation fee. No cancellations will be refunded after Monday, September 16.

Sioux City Convention Center
Stoney Creek Hotel
Sioux City, IA
9/23/2019 - 9/25/2019


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Monday, 23 September 2019Collapse
Registration for those NOT primarily involved in the economic development industry.

Please add this item if you would be willing to mentor a new member.

Please add this item if you've earned a special designation or graduated from a training course since the 2018 Fall Conference.

Please add this item if you have a special needs request such as vegetarian meals, wheel chair access, etc. (Staff will contact you for further details.)

10:30 AM
Only choose ONE Optional activity on Monday (9/23).

Plan to arrive at the course at 10:30 a.m. to register. Play will be a 4-person best shot with shotgun start right at 11:00 a.m. Registration fees include 18-holes with cart, lunch, and pin hole prizes. You are responsible for transportation to and from the golf course. Contact Golf Chairs: Drew Kamp (402) 415-7207, Alex Lynch (515) 360-6226 and Drew Conrad (319) 240-3351 for golf pairings and/or questions.

10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
12:30 PM
Only choose ONE optional activity on Monday (9/23).

Plan to arrive at Hawkeye Rifle & Pistol Club at 12:30 pm where lunch will be provided with shooting to start right at 1:00 pm. Registration fees also include 100 rounds of shotgun ammunition. We will have the opportunity to shoot more targets for an additional fee so feel free to bring additional ammunition of 7.5, 8 or 9 shot in size (No ammunition will be available at the club for purchase). You will need to provide your own shotgun (12 or 20 gauge); eye and ear protection; and transportation to and from the club. Beverages and snacks will be provided throughout the day. Contact host: Rick Allely at (712) 898-0878 (mobile) or with questions regarding the event.

12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2:00 PM
Only choose ONE optional activity on Monday (9/23).

Enjoy a healthy, informative, and fun walk along Sioux City's beautiful riverfront! Discover why the riverfront is an attraction to visitors and locals alike. Located along the Missouri River and featuring several distinct areas, the riverfront provides economic benefits to the city, opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy outdoor activities, and attracts the community to public spaces for small and large events. The early phases of riverfront development including the Anderson Dance Pavilion were a catalyst for revitalizing the community. Later phases added significant venues including the Lewis & Clark Interpretive and Encounter Centers, extended the trail system, and renovated the Marina area including commercial development. We will depart from the Stoney Creek hotel lobby for an approximate 3-mile walk. At the halfway point we'll stop for refreshments and you will learn about the exciting plans for construction of the next phase, an extensive $16 million redevelopment of the riverfront park.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2:30 PM
Only choose ONE optional activity on Monday (9/23).

Panelists: Shannon Landauer, CEcD, Executive Director, Carroll Area Development Corp.
Kurt Phillips, IOM, Executive Director, Boone County Economic Development
Shawnna Silvius, PCED, BREC, Executive Director, Montgomery Co. Development Corp.
Stacie LoVan, Project Manager, Greater Des Moines Partnership
Moderator: Karla Organist, CEcD, Program Manager, University of Iowa-Institute for Decision Making

Are you interested in expanding your expertise, increasing your earning potential, and elevating the professional status of you and your organization?  Have you thought about getting a credential?  Then this session is for you!  Hear from your peers about their experience in deciding which credential to pursue, why they chose to do it, the process involved, and the benefits of having the credential.

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM
Please add this item to your itinerary if this is your first PDI Conference and you are planning to attend the New Member Orientation.

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
6:00 PM
Sioux City is pulling out the red carpet! Enjoy networking, appetizers, and drinks at PDI's Welcoming Reception where we will have the intimate, unique venue of the Anthem Room all to ourselves. Also, you can't go to the Anthem Room without great entertainment; so, on tap, we will be enjoying music and fun with, Dueling Pianos. Can't miss this one!

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, 24 September 2019Collapse
2:45 PM
(Choose Option 1, 2 or 3)

Join us for a student-led (along with administrators) tour and presentation of the new Career Academy in downtown Sioux City. Located in a renovated building, the new Sioux City Career Academy brings together students from high schools in the surrounding area to explore any of the district's 31 career pathways. Part of Iowa's Future Ready program, each pathway is a career-focused sequence of high school courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge, with a goal of connecting workforce, community, and student needs. The Career Academy has a current enrollment of 2,300 students, and because they have a shared interest in their academic area of focus, they benefit from an enhanced social experience in a real-world setting. Learn firsthand how local partnerships are helping students explore opportunities and develop their passions!

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM
2:45 PM
(Choose Option 1, 2 or 3)

Explore how Sioux City is working to create a strong sense of place and attractions which draw visitors and "tourists in their own town" for recreation, entertainment, commercial and other mixed-use activities. Downtowns are often the "heart and soul" of a community and a healthy, viable downtown district is fundamental to a city's economic health, heritage and civic pride. Successful downtown strategies are multi-faceted but often include the development of urban park spaces, recreation and cultural amenities as well as take advantage of historic and unique community assets. This mobile classroom will include a "behind the scenes" look at the new Convention Center/hotel redevelopment, the amazing Orpheum Theatre, the evolution of a new downtown park, and other projects.

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM
2:45 PM
(Choose Option 1, 2 or 3)

This mobile classroom will highlight how communities can help attract new residents, entrepreneurship, businesses development and skilled workforce. Economic revitalization provides an opportunity to capitalize on emerging lifestyle and working environments that can shape development, encourage small business growth, improve property values, and contribute to the livability of our communities. In this tour the group will have an opportunity to visit a co-working space, hear from local downtown businesses and walk-thru several mixed-use developments, including commercial, office, and loft residential elements.

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM
6:00 PM
Come and enjoy the night at the beautiful, grandiose Sioux City Art Center located in the heart of downtown Sioux City (so it is within walking distance). Enjoy the festivities, appetizers and drinks, friends and colleagues. But that's not all, take part in a fun, hands-on art project that will get your creative juices flowing and having you leave with a little memento of Sioux City to take home.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM