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Presidential Post - PDI Offers Workforce Summit

BrentwilletEconomic development organizations are learning more and more each day that in order to deliver effective results in their communities, workforce development must be a key strategy. Through Synchronist visits across Iowa, we have learned that there is a massive skills gap in our workforce that must be filled if we can hope to be globally competitive. A number of initiatives have been put in place to address the issues faced by Iowa’s companies, and, if you’re anything like me, you need them sorted out for you.

In February, PDI will offer a one-day Workforce Summit for just this purpose. The Summit will provide statistics about Iowa’s workforce and where economic developers can find data specific to their community. The Summit will provide information on Iowa Workforce Development’s Skilled Iowa program and how communities can utilize the program to become a Skilled Iowa Community. Iowa community colleges will discuss the Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (I-AM) and how they are working to address the middle-skills gap faced by Iowa manufacturers. You will hear overviews of the various workforce initiatives as well as testimonials from communities and companies who are benefitting from the programming.

The PDI Workforce Summit will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Des Moines Area Community College - Ankeny Campus. Registration information will be available soon.

Lastly, we want to thank you for your past support and participation in the Professional Developers of Iowa organization. It's our membership’s commitment to the organization and the growth of our state that enables our continued success. It’s that time of the year when we are seeking membership renewals to enable the organization to continue working with and for you.

You are part of a grassroots network of economic developers, community planners, elected officials, and persons involved in the promotion of economic development and the growth of Iowa. Without your participation and dues support, the Professional Developers of Iowa cannot fulfill its commitment to helping your community have a voice in government as well as assisting with your professional growth.

The Professional Developers of Iowa organization is where hands-on work takes place throughout the year to safeguard the tools leading to the improvement of Iowa. Renew in PDI and be directly involved in shaping the important issues keeping Iowa strong, safe and vibrant.

Your membership means that the Professional Developers of Iowa can continue to be an active and vital part of the community.

Your participation and dues support make these and other valuable services possible. Every member strengthens PDI’s political clout while broadening our ability to offer a wide range of educational opportunities for our members. Even when you don't have the time to be personally involved, your membership dues support the actions of other PDI members who work for better economic development tools and progressive policies. As a member, you make everything we do possible.

Please renew your membership in the Professional Developers of Iowa by contacting PDI Headquarters with credit card information or request a new dues invoice before the end of the month so you can continue to receive benefits without interruption. Contact Lynn Harkin director@pdiowa.com or Kelly Kipping at kkipping@aml.org and renew TODAY!

We thank you for your membership in the Professional Developers of Iowa. Your involvement is important and very much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Brent Willett
President, Professional Developers of Iowa

Patty Manuel & Tami Petsche
PDI Membership Co-Chairs

Written by Brent Willett
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