By Wayne Pantini, PDI President
A big thank you to all PDI Members that were able to attend the PDI Grow Iowa Day at the State Capitol on Feb. 10th. The weather cooperated for the most part and we had great representation from across the state. Thank you for advocating for PDI’s Legislative Agenda and connecting with your local legislators on the hill. Continue to reach out to them throughout the session and year for the matter. Share the responses and insights with the Legislative Co-Chairs and our Lobbyist. This dialogue is important to share our perspective on how good policy can help us grow and develop our local communities. Thank you to all the PDImember volunteers and staff for making the logistical arrangements and making the event run smoothly.
If you have not done so already, I would encourage you to attend the Heartland Basic Economic Development Course this spring. Whether you are a seasoned professional or new to the field of economic development, this week long course will be very beneficial to you. You will learn some of the fundamentals of the profession, learn techniques on the practice of economic development and expand your professional network. PDI offers limited scholarships for members to attend. Check out the PDI website for more details. PDI may not be the only resource for assistance. Many of the utility companies serving our communities have a program in place as well. As a beneficiary of these opportunities I can tell you it is the best way to leverage your local limited budgets while expanding your own professional development. Also don’t forget to take advantage of the opportunities PDI offers throughout the year to expand your knowledge, perspective and gain ideas. Check outPDI’s website often for updates on webinars and other educational opportunities coming up this spring.
Wayne J. Pantini
Join Us for PDI's Spring Event
Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 1:00 — 5:00 pm, Reception Following
PDI Spring Event — held in conjunction with the SMART Conference
DMACC Center for Career & Professional Development at Southridge Mall
1111 South Army Post Road, Des Moines, Iowa
Theme: Keeping Communities Viable — Strategies for Growth & Vitality
General Sessions: Strategies for Growth — Successful Business Models
Welcoming & Integrating a New Workforce
Professional Development Skills — Telling Your Community's Story
Reception following: Terrace Hill Governor’s Mansion
[Registration opens mid-February 2016 — PDI Members will be able to register for both events on one form]
PDI does not have a conference hotel. Consider using the hotel for the SMART Conference or go tohttp://www.catchdesmoines.com/hotels/ for options.