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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.

And we call it PDI because... a long look back!

In 1973 the incorporation of the Iowa Professional Developers (IPD) was a formalization of what had previously been a quasi-professional/social group of what were known then as industrial developers. Its membership was comprised of primarily employees of the state development commission, utility and railroad companies (there were many more of those organizations at that time) and some full time community developers. ...

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Written by Don Chaplain
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40 Years of PDI

I have served several times in leadership roles in PDI over my thirty year career. It is an honor to work with peers and share the common need for professional development, policy development, and enhancement for Iowa's economic standing. Over the years these pillars for the organization have remained constant. Only the methods to accomplish this mission have changed....

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Written by Sandy Ehrig
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Happy 40th Anniversary PDI - From Debi Durham

Thank you for inviting the Iowa Economic Development Authority to extend its congratulations to Professional Developers of Iowa for this huge milestone. It is no small feat to serve as a member organization for 40 years. Economic development professionals know full well how much has changed within that time and how challenging it is to shepherd a community, region or state through those changes. ...

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Written by Debi Durham
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And We Call it PDI Because...a long look back

In 1973 the incorporation of the Iowa Professional Developers (IPD) was a formalization of what had previously been a quasi-professional/social group of what were known then as industrial developers. Its membership was comprised of primarily employees of the state development commission, utility and railroad companies (there were many more of those organizations at that time) and some full time community developers....

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Written by PDI
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Presidential Post - September 1, 2013

PDI is the new 40! 2013 marks PDI's 40th year of delivering advocacy, professional development, education and the emphatic furtherance of the economic development profession in Iowa. ...

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Written by Brent Willett
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