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Business Retention & Expansion Awards

The PDI Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Awards Program recognizes the contribution of BRE to the success of local and regional economic development initiatives.

Purpose of Award: To increase the focus on BRE in economic development organizations by identifying programs and projects that have significant impact on Iowa communities.

Eligibility: All PDI members are eligible to receive the award. Eligible programs/projects are those in which the nominated entity plays a coordinating role or in which BRE activities play an integral role in the success of an economic development strategy. The programs/projects nominated may include those serving local or regional areas. Ongoing BRE programs or projects within the last 24 months are eligible.

Sponsored by: Smart Solutions Group Inc. & Blane/Canada Synchronist Suite


2017 Overall Program Awards:

Lee County Econmic Development Group


Joe Steil, CEO (Director Debi Durham, IEDA & Mark Reinig, PDI President) and Dana Millard, Marketing & Communications (Bob Henningsen, Smart Solutions Group & Sponsor)

Northwest Iowa Development


Curt Strouth, Sheldon Chamber & Development Corp.; Micah Freese, Rock Rapids Economic Development Corp. (Mark Reinig, PDI President); Dennis Dokter, City of Sioux Center; David Miller, Chairman NWID & Development Director, Rock Valley Economic Development Corp.; Steve Simons, NWID Board Member, Lyon County Economic Development; Mark Buschkamp, NWID Board Member, Cherokee County Economic Development (Bob Henningsen, Smart Solutions Group & Sponsor)


2017 Single Project awards:

Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation - Rosenboom Machine & Tool Expansion Project


Tom Eggers, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Justin Rosenboom, Pete Hamill, Curt Strouth, Governor Terry Branstad and award sponsor Bob Henningsen, Smart Solutions Group

Ida County Economic Development - VT Industries


Ida County Economic Development President, Rita Frahm; IEDA Director Debi Durham; from VT Industries are Jason Farver, Executive Vice President; Frank Forneris, Facilities Manager; Cordell Burton, Director of Corporate Engineering;
Mark Reinig, PDI President and Bob Henningsen, Smart Solutions Group, Sponsor

           Proudly sponsored by Smart Solutions Group and Synchronist Business Information Systems.

2016 BRE Award Recipients

Overall BRE Program Award:

  • BEST of the Cedar Valley
  • Lee County Economic Development Group

Single BRE Project/Success:

  • Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance - Riverside Facility
  • Quad Cities Chamber/Quad Cities First - Kraft Heinz Foods Company

2015 BRE Award Recipients

Overall BRE Program Award:

  • Iowa City Area Development Group
  • Marion County Economic Development 

Single BRE Project/Success:

  • City of Sioux City - Bomgaars Supply Inc. Expansion
  • Marion Economic Development Group - Legacy Manufacturing Expansion

2014 BRE Award Recipients

Overall BRE Program Award:

  • Ames Economic Development Commission
  • Greater Dubuque Development Corporation
  • Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

Single BRE Project/Success:

  • Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation
  • Midwest Partnership Economic Development Corporation

2013 BRE Award Recipients

Overall BRE Program Award:

  • Warren County Economic Development Corporation

Single BRE Project/Success:

  • City of Sioux City Economic Development - Sabre Industries Inc. Expansion
  • Mount Pleasant Area Development Commission - Nypro Kánaak Iowa Expansion
  • Mitchell County Economic Development - Grain Millers, Inc. Expansion

2012 BRE Award Recipients:

Overall BRE Program Award

  • Greater Dubuque Development Corporation, InfoAction
    Greater Dubuque Development Corporation’s VP for Existing Business, Dan McDonald
  • Iowa City Area Development Group, “Minding our Own Business”
    Mark Nolte, Business Development Director, ICAD

Single BRE Project/ Success

  • City of West Des Moines, Executive Call Program and work with Iowa Network Services
    Representing the City, Clyde Evans, Naomi Hamlett, and Jo Eckert
  • Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Development Corp, “Existing Industry Report / Economic Analysis
    Maureen Elbert, Executive Director, Kossuth-Palo Alto Counties Economic Development Corp.