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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.

Awards Presentation: The PDI BRE Awards were presented on May 2, 2018 during the luncheon of the Iowa SMART Economic Development Conference, at the location is the Embassy Suites on the River, Des Moines, IA

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: Blane, Canada Ltd. And Smart Solutions Group

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 BRE RECIPIENTS!


2018 Overall Program Awards:

Midwest Partnership EDA

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Lt. Governor Adam Gregg; Stacie Euken, Economic Development Coordinator; Sarah Gomez, Executive Director; Norm Fandel, President of Midwest Partnership; Governor Kim Reynolds; Joe Raso, President, Blane, Canada Ltd.

Ames Economic Development Commission

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Lt. Governor Adam Gregg; Brenda Dryer, Director of Workforce Solutions;, Craig Henry, Mayor of Huxley; Ron Hallenbeck, Senior Vice President; Drew Kamp, Director of Business Retention/Expansion & Public Policy; Governor Kim Reynolds; Dan Culhane, President & CEO; Joe Raso, President of Blane, Canada Ltd.

 

2018 Single Project awards:

Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation - Grape Tree Medical Staffing Company 

 2018IowaLakesBRE

Lt. Governor Adam Gregg; Jolene Rogers, Iowa Lakes Community College; Kathy Fahy, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing of GrapeTree Medical Staffing; Steve Heeg, CEO of GrapeTree Medical Staffing; Governor Kim Reynolds; Joe Raso, President of Blane, Canada Ltd.; Kiley Miller, President & CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation.

Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation - Al Jon

 2018OttumwaBRE

Lt. Governor Adam Gregg; Chris Bowers, Area 15 Regional Planning Commission; Tom Lazio, Mayor of Ottumwa; Governor Kim Reynolds; Joe Raso, President of Blane, Canada Ltd.; Sharon Stroh, Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation.

           Proudly sponsored by Blane, Canada Ltd. And Smart Solutions Group


2017 BRE Award Recipients

Overall BRE Program Award:

  • Lee County Economic Development Group
  • Northwest Iowa Development

Single BRE Project/Success:

  • Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation - Rosenboom Machine & Tool Expansion Project
  • Ida County Economic Development - VT Industries

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.