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. This year’s event, happening May 02 in Des Moines, includes Governor Terry Branstad, Director Debi Durham, keynote speaker Bill Rancic [who has somehow simultaneously managed a successful business career and E! stardom], networking opportunities and workshops on topics including Site Certification, Rural Population Dynamics, EB-5 Visas, and more. This is the conference for you the economic development professional to attend, sure, but it is also one to invite your board and community leadership to join you for a day dedicated to economic development in Iowa.
And SMART is bookended on both ends by two awesome PDI events. Wednesday, May 01 is the PDI Resource Fair, which features a speed dating-esque format for attendees to learn about resources and service offerings from almost fifteen partners in economic development in Iowa, from investor-owned utilities to IDOT to regent universities to HUD. The day after SMART on May 03 will be the half-day PDI event 'Working with Federal Legislators'. No, that title is not a joke. Quite the contrary; an excellent assortment of experts in the field of federal legislative advocacy will participate in a series of panel discussions and we will also hear from Becky Greenwald of the SBA Office of Advocacy.
Who has time to register for three different events? Me neither. Get registered for all three in one shot righthere. See you in a couple of weeks.