IADG Partners Forum ~ Oct 19-20

IADG Partners Forum 2023

IADG Partners Forum

Date:  October 19-20, 2023
Location:  Prairie Meadows Hotel, Casino and Racetrack, Altoona, IA
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Thursday, October 19

PRE FORUM and Lunch
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
The Pre Forum will include an overview of IADG services and support, funding programs and partners.

1:00 p.m.
Welcome – Bruce Nuzum, President, IADG

1:15 p.m.
Keynote: Economic Development Update with Special Focus on Rural Iowa
Debi Durham, Executive Director
Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority

1:45 p.m.
Keynote: Outlook for the Ever-Changing Economic Development Landscape
Chris Lloyd, Director, Infrastructure & Economic Development
McGuireWoods Consulting LLC

3:00 p.m.
Innovative Approaches to Rural Housing

  • Outlook for 3-D Printed Homes in Iowa
    Pete Evans, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University College of Design
  • Successful Housing Development Model in Conrad
    Shane Tiernan, Director of Lending, GNB Bank
  • Affordable Rural Housing Initiative in Manning
    Matt Daniels, Director of Operations, Origin Homes

Breakout Sessions

  • Effectively Communicating with City and County Officials

    AJ Stone – Worth County Supervisor
    Dawn Meyer – City Administrator, Manning

  • Responding to a Business Project Request for Information (RFI)
    Michael Gould, Iowa Economic Development Authority
  • How Businesses in Rural Iowa are Tackling Workforce Challenges

    Rhonda Griffin, Director of Human Resources - Centro, Inc.
    Faye Brand, Owner - Co-Line Welding, Inc.
    Jeff Heuton, Human Resources Manager, Pella Corporation

5:15 – 7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 20

7:15 a.m. - Breakfast

8:00 a.m.
Agriculture Challenges, Trends and Opportunities
Mike Naig,
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

8:45 a.m.
Transformational Project Spotlights

  • Butler Logistics Park
    Jeff Kolb, Executive Director, Butler-Grundy Development Alliance 
  • Port of Blencoe
    Mark Walter, Grain Manager, New Cooperative, Inc.
    Frank Huseman, Project Manager, New Cooperative, Inc.
  • Dobson Pipe Organ Builders
    John Panning, President

10:00 a.m.  
Tips and Insights for Success in Economic Development

  • Andy Sokolovich President and CEO, Grow Clinton
  • Deb LuchtCEO/General Manager, Minburn Communications
  • Dennis FraisePresident and CEO, Lee County Economic Development Group
  • Maureen ElbertExecutive Director, Kossuth/Palo Alto County Economic Dev. Corp.
  • Mickey AndersonStanton Area Industrial Foundation

11:00 a.m.
Capstone Speaker
Kyle Norris, Executive Dean
Iowa Lakes Community College      

12:00 Noon

HOTEL - Book before September 29 to receive this special rate! 

Rooms have been blocked at Prairie Meadows at a special rate of $129+ tax and fees per night. 
Group Code: 101823IADG
Password: 863010019
You can also call 515-967-1000 and reference the IADG Partners Forum room block for October 19-20. 


$175 - Pre Forum and Lunch AND Partners Forum
$150 - Partners Forum only

Who Should Attend:

  • Economic Development Professionals
  • Utility Partners
  • Community Leaders
  • State, Federal and Association Partners
  • Iowa Business Representatives

Questions? Please contact Kay Snyder at ksnyder@iadg.com.

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We hope to see you at the IADG Partners Forum!