2018 Best Practices Conference
Presented by Professional Developers of Iowa
and Mid-America EDC
May 1-3, 2018
Des Moines, Iowa
Schedule of Events
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (PDI & Mid-American EDC – Renaissance Savery Hotel)
||PDI New Member Orientation
|12:45 – 1:00 pm
||Opening & Announcements
|1:00 – 3:00 pm
General Session/Keynote: The Age of the Multigenerational Workforce
Kim Lear, Inlay Insights, Minneapolis, MN
|3:00 – 3:15 pm
|3:15 – 4:15 pm
Option #1: Workforce Housing Panel Discussion
Moderator: Eric Burmeister, Polk County Housing Trust Fund, Des Moines, IA
Tom Deimerly, Marshall Economic Development Impact Committee,
Frank Liebl, Newton Development Corporation, Newton, IA
Glenn Lyons, Downtown Community Alliance, Des Moines, IA
Laura Manatt, Poweshiek Iowa Development, Grinnell, IA
Option #2: The Marketing Forum: Creative and Effective Strategies
for Small and Large EDOs
Moderator: James Hoelscher, CEcD, University of Northern Iowa -
Institute of Decision Making, Cedar Falls, IA
Emily Abbas, Bankers Trust, Des Moines, IA
Kelly Halsted, Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance
Kristine Thompson, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Des Moines, IA
Victor Perez, Golden Shovel Agency, Little Falls, MN
| 5:00 – 7:00 pm
|| Tuesday Night Reception at Renaissance Savery Hotel
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 (Embassy Suites by Hilton – SMART Conference)
If you are attending ONLY the SMART Conference, REGISTER HERE
|8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Embassy Suites by Hilton
101 E. Locust, Des Moines, IA 50309
|5:00 – 7:00 pm
PDI/MAEDC Wednesday Reception
At the Iowa Tap Room, 215 E. 3rd Street, Suite 100, Des Moines, IA
(within walking distance from the Embassy Suites in East Village)
Thursday, May 3, 2018 (PDI & Mid-American EDC – Renaissance Savery Hotel)
2018 Best Practices Conference
|7:30 – 8:30 am
||Registration & Continental Breakfast
|8:30 – 9:30 am
Moderator: Matthew A. Anderson, City of Des Moines, Des Moines, IA
Chris Costa, Knapp Properties, Des Moines, IA
Kris Saddoris, Hubbell Realty Company, Des Moines, IA
Jake Christensen, Christensen Development, Des Moines, IA
|9:30 – 10:00 am
|10:00 – 11:00 am
Prepared Communities Win Initiative
Patty Huddle, Columbus 2020, Columbus, OH
|11:00 – 11:15 am
|11:15 –12:15 pm
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Panel
Moderator: Tej Dhawan, Principal Financial Group
Brian Hemesath, Global Insurance Accelerator, Des Moines, IA
Megan Vollstedt, Iowa AgriTech Accelerator, Des Moines, IA
Michael Colwell, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Des Moines, IA
The 2018 Best Practices Conference is recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts toward recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcD).
Best Practices Conference Hotel/Travel Information
Renaissance Savery Des Moines
401 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309
To reserve your hotel room: You may reserve your hotel room now through April 9th for the 2018 Best Practices Conference. You may call the Renaissance at 800‐468‐3571 and ask for the Professional Developers of Iowa room block to receive the discounted rate of $134 per night (single or double suite). Reservations are available for the nights of April 30, May 1, May 2, and May 3.
Transportation: To and from the Airport: The Hotel Shuttle is available upon request. The shuttle is complimentary and available Monday‐Sunday from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Call 515‐244‐2151 to make prior arrangements. Taxi service is available with an estimated fare of $12.00.
Around Des Moines: The Hotel Shuttle is available upon request. Uber and Lyft services are also available in Des Moines. Parking: Hotel parking is valet only for a fee of $25 daily, with in and out privileges. For self‐parking, you may use the 4th and Grand Avenue ramp, located across the street from the hotel, for a fee up to $10 per day (re-sets upon exit)
2018 Best Practices Conference Registration
Registration Available Online: www.midamericaedc.org
Online registration will be available through Wednesday, April 24th. After April 24th, registrations will be processed onsite only with an additional $100 fee.
PDI & Mid‐America EDC:
Full Conference (May 1, 2 & 3):
Non‐Members: $485 Includes both days for Best Practice Conference & SMART Conference. PDI members use Registration Code: PDI2018 to receive member pricing. ED Volunteers (such as elected officials, community board members, anyone not employed as an ED professional) use Registration Code: VOL2018 to receive member rate.
Mid‐America EDC New Membership & Full Conference Registration Package:
New Iowa Members Only: $535 Since Iowa is hosting this year’s conference, Iowans will receive a discounted rate on Mid‐America EDC 2018 membership when you bundle your new membership with the Full Conference registration. This is a savings of $150, so join Mid‐America EDC today!
PDI, Mid‐America & Best Practices Sponsor Registration:
$0.00 Complimentary PDI Annual Sponsors: Contact Lynn Harkin (email@example.com) to receive your sponsorship registration code and instructions prior to registering one representative from your organization.
Mid‐America EDC & Best Practices Conference Sponsors:
If you are an established Mid‐America EDC or Best Practices Conference sponsor receiving a complimentary registration as a sponsor benefit, you may register online. Your primary sponsorship contact will be sent an email with a Registration Code and the following instructions. Once you have the code you can register online by selecting the SPONSOR registration option. You will then be asked for the registration code sent to your organization's contact. Once you enter the code, you will then enter your registration information and click next. You will then be asked to review and confirm your information. If everything is correct, select "Confirm" and your registration will be submitted without any payment due.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by or on April 24, 2018 will receive a full refund, less a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations received after April 24, 2018 (or no-shows at the conference) are nonrefundable. All cancellation notices must be emailed to the Mid-America EDC office to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMART Conference Registration Only (May 2, 2018):
If you are attending the SMART Conference (May 2, 2018), REGISTER HERE .
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE 2018 BEST PRACTICES CONFERENCE!