Greater Des Moines Partnership

Iowa businesses offer more hybrid options for workers

BY: - July 6, 2021

As more Iowans return to in-person work environments after a year of the pandemic, more businesses plan to offer partially at-home options for employees who want them. Hybrid working alternatives are a popular reality for businesses in the newest phase of the novel coronavirus pandemic, said Kevin Crowley, commercial manager at NAI Iowa Realty. While […]

Partnership eyes action on airport terminal, water trails

BY: - June 29, 2021

The Greater Des Moines Partnership will push for added funding for a new Des Moines airport terminal and water trails in the area. The organization, the largest chamber group in Central Iowa, also included immigration reform, infrastructure spending and small business support among its top five federal priorities for this year. “We look forward to […]

Partnership vows to fight return of bills that aren’t ‘welcoming’

BY: - June 3, 2021

The Greater Des Moines Partnership on Thursday vowed to continue its fight against Iowa legislative proposals the business group considers unwelcoming. Andrea Woodard, the Partnership’s senior vice president of government relations, said the goal is “ensuring that Iowa remains a welcoming state that is open for business.”  Someone attending the Partnership’s virtual forum Thursday asked […]

Business leaders hail lawmakers’ progress on broadband, housing, child care

BY: - May 20, 2021

State lawmakers made significant progress this year on broadband expansion, housing tax credits and child care initiatives important to workforce development, business leaders said. Dustin Miller, executive director of the Iowa Chamber Alliance, said lawmakers’ actions this session addressed some of the highest priorities among businesses.   “Talent has become the top priority for the Iowa […]

State official: Governor could use federal funds to cover broadband expansion shortfall

BY: - April 20, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds most likely would cover any shortage in state funding for her broadband expansion proposal with federal aid, if the rules allow it, a state official said Tuesday.  Annette Dunn, the state’s chief information officer, told a gathering arranged by the Greater Des Moines Partnership that state lawmakers have discussed budgeting $100 million […]

Not so fast, broadband companies tell lawmakers, governor

BY: - February 9, 2021

Some communications companies told state lawmakers Tuesday that Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposal to offer state grants to provide high-speed broadband service across Iowa may require speeds that would be hard to provide everywhere. A legislative subcommittee advanced House Study Bill 133. The action came after industry representatives took issue with the broadband speeds the measure […]

D.M. officials oppose legislation allowing landlords to reject renters who use federal vouchers

BY: - January 29, 2021

Iowa state lawmakers are making another run at banning cities from preventing housing discrimination based on tenants’ use of federal rent vouchers. Sen. Tom Shipley, R-Nodaway, introduced Senate Study Bill 1079 on behalf of the Local Government Committee, setting up what is likely to be another spirited fight. Last session saw committee meetings packed before […]

Governor’s Invest in Iowa plan approaches 2021 session facing bipartisan opposition

BY: - December 10, 2020

Landmark legislation intended to improve Iowa’s mental health programs and turn Iowa’s waterways into huge draws for recreation faces tough sailing in both parties, key lawmakers told the Greater Des Moines Partnership Thursday. Gov. Kim Reynolds repeatedly has said she will resubmit the Invest in Iowa Act in one form or another. The $540 million […]

Partnership calls for legislative action on broadband, justice reform, water quality

BY: - December 10, 2020

The Greater Des Moines Partnership’s legislative goals for the 2021 session include some familiar quality-of-life initiatives, but ones that have been made even more relevant by the lifestyle disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a top staffer said.  “All of our top legislative priorities really are aimed at supporting inclusive economic recovery,” said Andrea Woodard, […]

Chamber alliance, legislative leaders eye tax cuts, child care, broadband

BY: - December 8, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, legislative leaders and the governor’s office support more aid for businesses and lower corporate taxes, they told the Iowa Chamber Alliance on Tuesday.  Buoyed by falling unemployment and still-healthy state reserves, the leaders are willing to discuss adding to the 2018 tax cuts that are still rolling out, House […]

Des Moines leaders eye regional cooperation on housing, broadband, water quality

BY: - November 14, 2020

Des Moines area political and business leaders are pushing for more cooperation in regional efforts, perhaps including work on affordable housing, library services, broadband service and economic development.  Many of the local leaders who attended a Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa virtual forum this week supported building on regional efforts already in place. Among those […]

Hart calls for anti-corruption bill on campaign finance, lobbying, gerrymandering

BY: - October 22, 2020

Iowa congressional candidate Rita Hart said Thursday if she wins the election, she hopes her first vote is to support an anti-corruption bill. “It’s so important that we reinstill faith in the system,” Hart told the Greater Des Moines Partnership in response to a question asking what bill she would put in place if it […]