PDI Blog

PDI's Blog will include legislative news, economic development news headlines, messages from our PDI President and other topics contributed by our membership. Choose from the list of contributors and categories, listed to the right,  to find the type of articles you are interested in.

Nominate Your Future PDI Board Leaders

A nomination committee has been appointed, with current Vice President Wayne Pantini chairing the group. The committee will be accepting nominations through Friday, July 31, 2015. PDI is a member-driven organization with a great tradition of an active board - the terms are three years....

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AML, ISA are Iowa Tourism Champions

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Des Moines Area Sports Commission awarded 11 Champion Awards to local individuals or businesses, as well as three Visitor Choice Awards to local organizations, earlier this week at the Annual Celebration at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates....

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Robert Jerry "R.J." Baker, Obituary

Robert Jerry "R.J." Baker, 74, Norfolk, NE, passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014, at his home after battling kidney cancer for six years....

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Help PDI Spread the Good Word about Iowa Development

Professional Developers of Iowa is dedicated to spreading the good word about Iowa and its business environment. Now we’re asking PDI members to help us help you by following these three easy steps.

Add PDI to your media distribution list—There’s a lot of great stuff going on in your organizations and communities. Please go to your media distribution list right now and add info@pdiowa.com so that we receive your press releases. We’ll share the best stories from around our state with more than 300 fellow PDI members via the PDI Post and with ### people who follow us on social media.

Proclaim your PDI membership to the world—You’re a proud PDI member. Let everyone know by mentioning PDI in your press releases and other official communications. We’ve made it simple for you by providing the language: "Jane Doe is a member of the Professional Developers of Iowa, a voluntary group of economic development professionals dedicated to building the economy of Iowa. Learn more at www.pdiowa.com."

Add a PDI link to your website, professional profiles (LinkedIn, etc.), and email sig—The larger our organization, the bigger our impact on development in our state. Help grow our profile and membership by including a link to www.pdiowa.org on your web site, professional profiles and in your email signature.

PDI—Vision, Action, Growth.

Founded in 1973, with current membership of over 320, PDI is an organization dedicated to advancing the professionalism of its members through a wide range of programs and services. As an association, PDI provides professional training that helps its members do a better job for their community. PDI creates an atmosphere of support and offers an instant network of seasoned experts for local professionals to seek advice and support.

Learn more about PDI at www.pdiowa.com, www.facebook.com/ProfessionalDevelopersOfIowa and www.twitter.com/pdiowa .

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Information about EPA proposed rule re: water polution

One of our PDI lobbyists Craig Patterson met recently with Tim Whipple of IEDA, Nicole Crain with ABI, John Stineman with the Iowa Chamber Alliance, and Dustin Miller with the Iowa League of Cities to discuss the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts via rule to redefine the federal government’s jurisdiction over water pollution. ...

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