Economic Development Organizations Receive Awards For Business Retention and Expansion Efforts

Des Moines, IA – May 4, 2017: The Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) honored economic development organizations from Lee County, Northwest Iowa, Sheldon and Ida County during the SMART Economic Development Conference held in Des Moines on May 4.

The PDI Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Awards Program recognizes the outstanding efforts of local and regional economic development initiatives in supporting growth and expansion of existing Iowa companies. Receiving an award for their support of BRE in 2017 in the Single Project category:
VT Industries, Inc. and Ida County Economic Development.

VT Industries, Inc. is in the process of a $21.0 million expansion project in the community of Holstein and was assisted by Ida County Economic Development. “We are thrilled to have this project by VT Industries acknowledged at this level. We also understand that planning and partnership will continue to lead to continued growth opportunities for our region”, stated Rita Frahm, Ida County Economic Development President.

“Supporting Iowa’s existing industry is a key priority for PDI’s membership,” stated Mark Reinig, PDI President. “The BRE Awards are intended to increase the focus on fostering Iowa business growth by economic development organizations and spotlight BRE programs and projects that have made a significant impact on Iowa communities.”

Founded in 1973, with current membership of over 320, PDI is an organization dedicated to advancing the professionalism of its members through a wide range of programs and services. As an association, PDI provides professional training that helps its members do a better job for their community. PDI creates an atmosphere of support and offers an instant network of seasoned experts for local professionals to seek advice and support.