Laraby Named to the Professional Developers of Iowa Board of Directors

FAIRFIELD/DES MOINES, IOWA (July 11,2023) Joshua Laraby, Executive Director of Grow Fairfield Economic Development Association (Grow Fairfield), has been named to the distinguished Board of Directors of the Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI.) Laraby’s appointment to the PDI Board of Directors highlights his exceptional leadership and impact on fostering collaboration, strengthening area communities, and driving economic growth in Iowa.

The Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI) has been at the forefront of economic development since its establishment in 1973. With a diverse membership of nearly 300, the cross section of professional disciplines span from, state, county, regional and local developers, utility providers, legal and financial firms, universities, community colleges, engineering and construction firms, and rail and transportation companies. As a state association, PDI leverages the collective expertise of its members to inform on economic development policy, provide continuing educational opportunities, and enhance the competitiveness of Iowa’s economic landscape.

Kay Snyder, President of the PDI Board, remarked, “We are delighted to welcome Josh to the Board of Directors. His thoughtful approach, experience, and track record of accomplishment make him a valuable addition to the PDI Board. His insights and contributions will help forward the PDI mission of strengthening communities and driving the long-term growth of Iowa.”

In addition to beginning his role on the Board of Directors last month, Laraby has also been an engaged member of PDI since 2016.

Laraby said, “Being named to the Professional Developers of Iowa Board of Directors is an tremendous honor and opportunity. PDI has been a very valuable part of my professional development and has provided strong support for growing Fairfield. I am thrilled and humbled to join a diverse group of esteemed economic development professionals dedicated to advancing Iowa’s long-term economic growth. I look forward to serving the PDI membership in a new capacity.”

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