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The Presidential Post - February 13, 2015

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Professional Developers of Iowa — Grow Iowa Day a Big Success

PDI Grow Iowa Day

PDI Grow Iowa Day

PDI Grow Iowa Day

The Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) sponsored the 2015 "Grow Iowa" Day at the Iowa State Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 4. 

Members were invited to join PDI legislative leaders and economic developers from around the state of Iowa, as they highlight the issues affecting economic development in Iowa. Key issues include • Tax Increment Financing, • Workforce, • State Economic Development Resources, • Transportation Infrastructure, • Income Tax Reform, • Housing, • Small Business & Entrepreneurship Support and • Broadband Expansion — all efforts to recruit and sustain Iowa companies.

Jason Hutcheson, President of PDI, says "In order to compete with other states and countries, Iowa must improve our competitiveness in a way that enhances the state's strengths, expands tax base, creates and retains high-paying jobs and builds industries of the future. The proverbial green shoots of growth in many of our communities are real, but if we intend to maintain and accelerate the trend, we've got to have the tools to compete, and that starts with strengthened economic development tools and a better climate to make Iowa the competitive choice for business."

"During these economic times, we stand ready to grow Iowa's economy, but legislative support is critical in maintaining a business-friendly atmosphere," Hutcheson says. For decades PDI has successfully represented the collective economic development interests of both the private and public sectors by providing leadership in defining and promoting statewide economic initiatives. 

Special thanks to all the members who volunteered to help that day and to our exhibitors:

Advance Iowa
Ames Chamber of Commerce
City of Sioux City
Diligent Development/Peoples Company 
Greater Burlington Partnership
Greater Cedar Valley Alliance
Greater Des Moines Partnership
Iowa Area Development Group
Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corp
Iowa Small Business Development Center
Iowa State University - Center for Industrial Research & Service
Johnston Economic Development
Marion County
Mid Iowa Growth Partnership
MidAmerican Energy
Northwest Iowa Development 
Quad Cities First 
Renew Rural Iowa/Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
UNI - Regional Business Center
UNI - Strategic Marketing Services
UNI Business & Community Services
Western Iowa Advantage

Save The Date — PDI's Spring Event

Join PDI on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 1:00 — 7:30 pm (In conjunction with SMART Conference on May 7, 2015) at the Farm Bureau Auditorium, 5400 University Avenue, West Des Moines, IA for PDI's Spring Event.

Draft Agenda:

1:00 - 1:30 Welcome/ PDI and Legislative Update...Jason Hutcheson and Craig Patterson
1:30 - 2:30 Professional Development Session — "Time Management — Balancing Work and Life" with Theresa Bornbach, Cedar Rapids, Metro Economic Alliance, Cedar Rapids, IA
2:45 - 3:45 Corporate Panel on perspective of Site Selection: Stan Gibson, Wells Fargo Corporate Properties Group; Representative DuPont Pioneer; David Hemming, CEO of Precision Tank and Equipment, Humboldt, IA; and Mark Laurenzo, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Des Moines, IA, Moderator
3:45 - 4:45 Economic Developers...Best Practices: Kelly Halsted, Greater Fort Dodge Alliance, Fort Dodge, IA; Chris McGowen, Siouxland Initiative, Sioux City, IA Jeff Kolb, Butler County Development Corp, Allison, IA; and Michael Gould, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Des Moines, IA, Moderator 
5:30 - 7:30 Reception (SMART VIP's invited)

Reception: Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Registration Fee: $100 for members / Registration opens late February

 

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