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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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Written by Brent Willett
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Presidential Post - April 1, 2013

Whether you prioritize what conferences to attend based on dynamic content, high-powered speakers, networking opportunities or the proportion of capital to lowercase letters in the event name, the SMART Conference ought to be at or near the top of your list every year....

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Written by Brent Willett
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Presidential Post - March 15, 2013

I expect many of you have seen the article by David J. Robinson in the most recent edition of Area Development magazine discussing the importance and value of incentives to successful economic development, “How Some Locations are Making Their Business Case for Incentives”. ...

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