PDI Spring Event

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
DMACC Center for Career & Professional 
   Development at Southridge Mall
1111 South Army Post Road
Des Moines, IA

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2017 PDI Spring Event
Schedule of Events

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

  9:00 a.m.     REGISTRATION OPEN

  9:30 a.m.     PDI New Member Orientation

10:00 p.m.      WELCOME/OPENING REMARKS 
                       Mark Reinig, CEcD, PDI President          

10:05 a.m.     “2EQLAST” (Second Equals Last)”
                       Joe Max Higgins, Mississippi’s Golden Triangle

11:30 a.m.      LUNCH

12:15 p.m.     CREATING A COLLABORATIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TEAM                           PANEL
                       Dan Culhane, CEcDCCE, Ames Chamber of Commerce &
                          Economic Development
                       Randy Thelen, SVP Economic Development, Greater Omaha
                          Economic Development Partnership
                       Tim O'Tool, O'Tool Consulting 
                       Brent Willett, CEcD, Iowa's Cultivation Corridor

1:30 p.m.       NETWORKING BREAK

2:00 p.m.      “HOW TO BUILD THE FUTURE“
                      David Zach, Futurist

3:30 p.m.       PDI LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
                      PDI Legislative Leaders

4:00 p.m.       CLOSING REMARKS - PDI Fall Conference Leaders

5:30 p.m.       PDI MEMBER GATHERING – Buzzard Billy’s Bar & Grill,                                             
                      615 3rd Street, Des Moines, Iowa
                      Food & Drinks are on your own

NOTE:  Sleeping Rooms:  PDI does not have a room block reserved. Contact the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau http://www.catchdesmoines.com/hotels/ for hotel information in the area.  A limited number of hotel rooms have been secured for the SMART Conference at the Holiday Inn Downtown at Mercy Campus, 1050 6th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa for the night of Wednesday, May 3, 2017 with a special group rate of $129.00 per night. Call (515) 283-0151 and indicate that you are with the "Iowa Smart Conference" when making reservations. Or book online through this link, Iowa Smart Conference, Room block closes by April 12, 2017.

Are you attending the SMART Conference only?  Please register directly at http://www.cvent.com/d/qvq9h4/4W  You may also view the full SMART Conference agenda

 

2017 SMART Conference
Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The SMART Economic Development Conference, will be held at the Community Choice Credit Union Conference Center, 833 5th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa.  Parking is available in surface lots north of the convention center at no charge.

7:00 a.m.       REGISTRATION/BREAKFAST/EXHIBITS OPEN

8:00 a.m.       SMART CONFERENCE OPEN & WELCOME – IOWA UTILITY ASSOCIATION 2017 CHAIR                                  IEDA UPDATE - DIRECTOR DEBI DURHAM 

                     GOVERNOR BRANSTAD & LT. GOVERNOR REYNOLDS SPECIAL MESSAGE
                     & PDI BRE AWARDS-Sponsored by Blane/Canada & Smart Solutions Group 

9:15 a.m.      MORNING KEYNOTE:  BUILDING CITIES FOR PEOPLE – JOEL KOTKIN

10:00 a.m.    NETWORKING BREAK/EXHIBITS

10:30 a.m.    SESSION 1: WORKSHOPS

                     LOCAL PUBLIC FINANCING;
                     BUILDING CITIES FOR PEOPLE – DEEPER DIVE;
                     SUCCESS WITH SMALLER DATA CENTERS;
                     EMBRACING NEW AMERICAN IMMIGRANTS – COMMUNITY SUCCESS

11:45 a.m.    SMART CONFERENCE LUNCHEON & SBA AWARDS
                     LUNCHEON KEYNOTE: J.B. BERNSTEIN
                     SOMETIMES TO WIN, YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THE GAME

1:30 p.m.      SESSION 2: WORKSHOPS
                     BRE Panel
                     U.S. DEPT. OF COMMERCE PANEL
                     CERTIFIED SITES / SHOVEL-READY SITES 

2:30 p.m.       ICE CREAM BREAK

3:00 p.m.       SESSION 3: WORKSHOPS
                      LOCAL PUBLIC FINANCING;
                      HOME BASE IOWA: SUCCESSES SINCE INCEPTION
                      HOUSING

4:00 p.m.        ADJOURN