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Presidential Post March 11, 2016

President's Message

By Wayne Pantini, PDI President

Wayne Pantini
PDI President

This month I want to discuss a couple of the many acronyms in the economic developers tool kit. They need our time and attention so we can make sure that we get recognized for our efforts and share the success we have realized from these programs.

BRE — This acronym is on the forefront our development radar. It is a fundamental strategy to grow our local economies. Business Retention & Expansion is a primary program of work for many of us. There are some great BRE programs across the state and here is your opportunity to be recognized for your efforts. The PDI Education committee is seeking nominations for our annual BRE Awards. Applications are due March 24th. Dont miss your chance to submit a nomination in the Overall Program category or a Single Project/Success category. The award winners will be recognized at the Iowa SMART Economic Development Conference on April 28th. A special thank you to Smart Solutions Group, Inc. and Blane/Canada Synchronist Suite for sponsoring the BRE Award program.

TIF — This local development tool provides flexibility to our local communities and counties to participate in retaining, recruiting business and addressing blighted areas. Each year our legislative team work to educate our legislators on the importance of the increased tax value from a project to be a critical financing tool for projects. It is not a tool that can be used for all situations but for some projects it is the only sensible way to fund projects that may not otherwise happen. Any further barriers or impediments to the current law takes away from its flexibility. Our lobbyist have alerted us once again with a TIF ALERT. Lets not let TIF fatigue set in. Visit with your legislators on the importance of this tool. Show them the successes it has made for our local economies and how it can be used for proper planning and development of our communities.
<br. <i="">Wayne J. Pantini

Join Us for PDI's Spring Event

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

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Kiley Miller, CEcD

Join us on April 27 for a session on Telling Your Community's Story with PDIs own Kiley Miller, CEcD. The focus of this session will be on writing press releases, getting the media to pick up on your story and most importantly, the importance of communicating your economic development story — to all your audiences.

Kiley Miller is President & CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, a position he has held since 2014. Prior to joining the Corridor, Miller was Executive Vice President of the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, his hometown. He has also been a print journalist and served in the U.S. Army. Kiley and his wife, Carry, live in Arnolds Park with their daughter, Carson (15), and two sons, Caleb (13) and Sawyer (10).


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