features community/regions from around Iowa who share with legislators the importance of economic tools and how tourism helps grow the State of Iowa.
is an interactive one-day training conference, traditionally held the day prior to the SMART Conference. Whether a seasoned or new developer—urban or rural—the Spring Conference provides you with strategies, steps and solutions for working on key topics of economic development.
The Partners, the Profession and the Process Workshop (PPP)
is generally held in the summer. It is designed to lay the foundation for those new to economic development in Iowa. This half-day session will introduce you to the statewide partners supporting economic development at the local, regional, and state level, as well as share how each contributes to supporting business and community development projects. You will also learn about local, state and national opportunities for training that will allow you to advance in your profession. Finally, the session presenters will serve as excellent on-going contacts for you as you navigate the economic development landscape in your community, region and state.
is PDI’s premier event! Join PDI for three-days of interactive learning, exploring Iowa communities and engaging networking receptions that will leave you with new-found relationships and ideas. PDI holds an Annual Golf Outing and an Annual Trap Shoot in conjunction with this event.
Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) Awards
The PDI Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Awards Program recognizes the contribution of BRE to the success of local and regional economic development initiatives.
Heartland Economic Development Course
The Heartland Economic Development Course offers five days of intensive training in the basic concepts, information, methods and strategies of local economic development. Essentially, it is economic development boot camp. This multi-state basic economic development course ranks at the top of the IEDC accredited courses and fulfills one of the educational requirements toward professional certification. PDI offers scholarships to attend this event.