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Presidential Post - July 15, 2013

These are the saddest of possible words: "Tinker to Evers to Chance." Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds, Tinker and Evers and Chance. Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble, Making a Giant hit into a double – Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble: "Tinker to Evers to Chance."...

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Written by Brent Willett
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Presidential Post - June 15, 2013

We know from PDI members like you that year in and year out, one of the top reasons identified for maintaining PDI membership is the association’s legislative advocacy efforts. The 2013 session, which adjourned sine die on Wednesday, May 22, was instructive of why. ...

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Written by Brent Willett
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Presidential Post, May 15, 2013

It's a small industry, economic development. At least that's how it can feel to the hundreds PDI members who, perhaps along with a small staff and city colleague or two, are the only ones administering professional economic development services in their communities day in and day out. It can be a lonely business some days, as the next industry colleague- the person or persons who really get the complications, the pressures, what's really happening in your world- is sometimes a city or a town away. ...

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Written by Brent Willett
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Presidential Post - May 1, 2013

While it doesn't always get the accolades and attention it deserves, Business Retention and Expansion is a fundamental element of every economic development program. ...

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Written by Brent Willett
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Presidential Post - April 15, 2013

Let's talk about a new tool for the toolbox. Last week, PDI registered its support for HSB 234, otherwise known as the Iowa Reinvestment Act [IRA]. The bill, led by the Iowa Chamber Alliance, provides for a program under which municipalities may establish Iowa Reinvestment districts, apply to the state [via IEDA] for approval of the proposed projects and be rebated a portion of the state sales taxes and state hotel excise tax if applicable....

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