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Presidential Post - Augusts 6, 2015


By Jason Hutcheson, PDI President

Jason Hutcheson
PDI President

Veterans and Newbies Alike

One of the great things about this business of economic development is the opportunity to meet and interact with newbies. For some, a job in economic and community development is the first full-time gig out of college, and for others, it could be a career-change after decades of service in another industry.

Thanks to the leadership of Sandy Ehrig and the education committee, PDI recently held a session at the Farm Bureau headquarters called PPP (The Partners, the Profession, and the Process). We had a great turnout of new folks to the profession, and I loved the energy and enthusiasm in the room. There is a lot to learn about this industry from acronyms and the different state agencies to the politics of a community and the process of solidifying a deal. Learning the ropes can be pretty intimidating at first, but that is exactly where PDI comes into play.

Most industry veterans would agree that an obligation exists to help acclimate new folks to the business of economic development. PDI conferences are the perfect opportunity to build those relationships and offer guidance and support when appropriate. If you have not signed up for the fall conference in Mason City, I would encourage you to do so here: /wcm/Members/EventDetail?EventKey=FALL15

Even if you don't golf, sign up to be randomly paired with folks you've never met. Use the networking breaks to introduce yourself to someone new. Use one of the evening receptions to ask someone about their community. Use the fall conference to connect with others- you'll be glad you did!

 2015 PDI Fall Conference

September 23-25, 2015 
Historic Park Inn, Mason City, IA
"Bring It Home: Harmonizing Growth & Talent"


Experience the Art of Hospitality in Mason City, Iowa! The perfect stay - play - get away destination. Discover architectural masterpieces of Frank Lloyd Wright and musical compositions of "The Music Man" and Buddy Holly. Get out and mingle in our fun, friendly community. Unwind with unique shopping, interesting attractions and lively restaurants. Recharge in lodging facilities ranging from basic family lodging to luxurious quarters that are experiences unto themselves. Delight in the variety of unique and engaging recreational and relaxation options. We can't wait to show you around. Get a taste of Mason City by visiting the website

There's plenty to do in Clear Lake, Iowa as well. A piece of rock & roll history, an authentic paddleboard, a one of a kind maze, beautiful gardens, trains, art center and pioneer museum. For those who enjoy physical pursuits, there are Horseshoes, trails, sand volleyball, basketball, tennis courts, golf courses, bicycling, hunting and sport shooting and more! And of course there is swimming, boating and sailing on a 3684 acre natural lake where the average depth is 10 feet — fishing on Clear Lake has never been better. Clear Lake boasts gardens, parks, and nature areas — high quality shopping with a personal touch and historic movie theatre. See all there is to do in Clear Lake.

Conference Location
Historic Park Inn
7 West State St. 
Mason City, IA 50401 
Phone: 641-422-0015 
Toll Free: 1-800-659-2220

Sleeping Rooms
The HPI is no longer available
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
3041 4th Street SW
Mason City, IA 50401
(641) 424-1200
1- (888) HOLIDAY
Room rate: $100/night+
Deadline: Sept. 1, 2015 

Written by Jason Hutcheson
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