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  Development Update   Legislative Update   Statewide Pride   Who's Who   Events June 19, 2017

President's Message
Mark Reinig, CEcD, PDI President

Mark Reinig, CEcD
PDI President

  1. You talked and we listened. Many comments were made on the PDI Spring Event evaluation about tax credits and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) — so much so that we are adding a general session at the Fall Conference. Several of PDI's member experts, Jason Hutcheson, Burlington; Dan Culhane, Ames; and Chad Schreck, Mason City will round out the panel.

  2. PPP Workshop:
    "The Partners, the Profession and the Process" workshop for those new to economic development or new to Iowa is scheduled for Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Farm Bureau Office, 5400, University Avenue, West Des Moines, Iowa. An interactive day is planned. You will meet with PDI veterans that will lead discussions, make introductions, and answer questions. The session will conclude by 12:00 noon. There is NO COST to attend. Deadline to register is July 14. Register here >>

  3. Upcoming Fall Conference in Cedar Rapids — you can see a list of topics, networking opportunities and optional activities on the website. Registration should open early July. More information here >>

  4. PDI's Calendar of Events on the website and in the PDI Post newsletter contains information on other organizations’ education/conferences. Visit the PDI Calendar of Events here >>

Two of PDI’s key points in its mission/purpose are to:

  • Provide the means for members to informally exchange ideas and development techniques; and
  • Afford members the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, expertise, confidence, and professionalism through a varied program of educational activities.

If you have other ideas about education/training that PDI should be doing, please contact me at

Mark Reinig
CEcD, PDI President


 Nominate Your Future PDI Board Leaders

This year's annual meeting will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2017 during the PDI Fall Conference at the Doubletree by Hilton, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A nomination committee has been appointed, with current Vice President Carla Eysink chairing the group. The committee will be accepting nominations through Friday, July 21, 2017. PDI is a member-driven organization with a great tradition of an active board — the terms are three years.

The PDI Board is responsible to:

a. Promote PDI among economic development industry;
b. Co-Chair a Committee and provide information to full board and back to members;
c. Recruit, retain and support membership;
d. Attend 10 board meetings/year and support PDI events;
e. Participate in association strategic planning and continue to monitor work plan throughout the year;
f. 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 Email Thanks for supporting YOUR professional association!

P.S. We're working on registration materials for the fall conference and should be available the beginning of July!




  2017 Legislative Session

For the recap of the 2017 Legislative Session >>



 Proposed Bike Route Would Span 6 Western Iowa Counties
Mike Brownlee, The Daily Nonpareil, May 27, 2017

An effort is underway to mark a bicycle route spanning six counties in western Iowa. The Frontier Iowa Trails Network is working on the designation of the Lewis and Clark Today Route, which will span from Woodbury County in the north, southward to Fremont County.


 Massive New Pork Plant in Northwest Iowa on Target to Open in July
Radio Iowa, May 30, 2017

Construction is on schedule for the planned summer opening of a large pork processing plant in Sioux City that will employ 2,000 workers. The $264-million Seaboard Triumph factory is scheduled to open in late July.


 Deere to Buy German Road Construction Equipment Maker
Business Record, June 1, 2017

Deere & Co. today announced plans to acquire Whirtman Group, the world's leading road construction equipment manufacturer. Deere will purchase the privately held German company for what will amount to $5.2 billion after net debt assumption and other considerations. The move will bring five separate premium brands under the John Deere umbrella, spanning various facets of road construction, including milling and paving.

Story >>

 Iowa's First Women's Workspace Opens in Cedar Rapids
CBJ Business Daily, June 13, 2017

The Dostal House, a multi-use space billed as Iowa's first women's workspace and social club, is now open in Cedar Rapids' New Bohemia district. Outfitted with an open-plan workspace, a private meeting room, a full-service salon and a design house/retail space, the Dostal House concept aims to be a "home away from home" office for women in the Corridor, according to founder Meegan Hofmeister.





 PDI's 2017 Fall Conference

September 27-29, 2017
Doubletree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex
Cedar Rapids, IA
THEME: Rise to the Occasion — Thought Leadership in Economic Development



  • Board Recruitment, Engagement & Leadership:
  • Bringing Talent to Iowa Panel
  • Economic Development Recruiting
  • Site Preparation (Wednesday Pre-Conference)


Golf outing, trap shoot, networking receptions, silent auction & more!


Rooms at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel — Register today!

Check back for updates and registration information in early July. See you in Cedar Rapids!

 Job Postings:

Executive Director, Benton County, Vinton
Executive Director, Montgomery County Development Corporation, Red Oak
Economic Development Director, Ackley Development Commission, Ackley
Economic Development Analyst, City of Davenport, Davenportbr>
More Information >>



Fast-Track Iowa's Future Conference
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - "STEM Ed Chat" Reception
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - Fast-Track Iowa's Future Conference
Iowa Events Center
Des Moines, IA
More Information & Registration >>

PPP Course: The Partners, the Profession and the Process
Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 9:00 - noon
Farm Bureau Board Room
5400 University Ave., West Des Moines, IA
More Information & Registration >>

The Iowa Downtown Conference
August 1-3, 2017
Sioux City Convention Center
Sioux City, IA
More Information & Registration >>

Entrepreneurial & Small Business Development Strategies
August 24-25, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton
Omaha, NE
FOR DISCOUNT through partnership with NREDA use Promo Code: NE17
More Information & Registration >>

2017 HousingIowa Conference
September 6-8, 2017 Cedar Rapids Double Tree
350 1st Ave NE
Cedar Rapids, IA More Information & Registration >>

PDI 2017 Fall Conference
September 27-29, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Cedar Rapids Convention Complex
Cedar Rapids, IA
Registration opens early July

PDI Fall Conference

Synchronist Users Forum 2017
October 2-3, 2017
Chicago, IL
More Information & Registration >>

Shattering Expectations: The Re-emergence of a Region
October 22-24, 2017
Des Moines Marriott Downtown
Des Moines, IA
More Information & Registration >>

For more information, contact Lynn Harkin, PDI Headquarters at (515) 243-4585 or Email


PDI Thanks the 2017 Sponsors







Triple Event Sponsors
Iowa Economic Development Authority
ITC Midwest
Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corp.

Conference Exhibitor Sponsors
Convergent Fundraising Solutions

Contributing Sponsors
Spring & Fall
Central Iowa Power Cooperative
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative
Midland Power Cooperative
Spring only
Grater Des Moines Partnership
Iowa Utility Association
Fall only
Corn Belt Power Cooperative
Iowa Association of Business & Industry
North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corp.

Trap Shoot
Interstates Companies

BRE Awards
Blane Canada
Smart Solutions Group

Local Host Sponsors
Alliant Energy
Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
Central Iowa Power Cooperative
City of Cedar Rapids
Iowa City Area Development Group, Inc.
ITC Midwest
Marion Economic Development Corporation


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