Greater Des Moines Partnership

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 […]

David Young: Stimulus package should advance in stages

BY: - October 14, 2020

Former U.S. Rep. David Young said Wednesday that Congress should consider step-by-step actions on a new stimulus package to help Americans and businesses weather pandemic-related financial stresses.  Congress and President Donald Trump have been deadlocked on a new round of aid, which could cost as much as several trillion dollars. Trump is scheduled to speak […]

Speakers: Small businesses may fail by year’s end without new aid

BY: - September 22, 2020

Without new aid from Congress, small businesses will struggle to stay open throughout 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic continues, speakers told the Greater Des Moines Partnership on Tuesday. The Partnership gathered small business experts as part of its virtual version of the annual DMDC lobbying trip to Washington, canceled due to the spread of COVID-19. […]

Airport lobbyist: Federal help for Des Moines’ cash-short terminal project will have to wait

BY: - September 17, 2020

The most critical piece of Des Moines International Airport’s remaining funding for a new terminal will have to wait until the new Congress is sworn in and the coronavirus pandemic subsides, a national airport industry lobbyist told the Greater Des Moines Partnership Thursday.  “All of it is going to be in the new Congress,” said […]

Partnership adds three more candidate appearances

BY: - September 4, 2020

The Greater Des Moines Partnership has added three more candidate appearances to its series, conducted with Young Professionals Connection and the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. State Rep. Ashley Hinson (1st Congressional District): Sept. 21 from 10–11 a.m. U.S. Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield: Sept. 23 from 1:30- 2:30 p.m. U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer (1st Congressional […]

Partnership plans congressional candidate forums

BY: - August 26, 2020

The Greater Des Moines Partnership, Young Professionals Connection and the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute will host a candidate forum series for Iowa candidates for U.S. congressional seats. These virtual town halls are confirmed: Second District Republican candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks: Thursday, Sept. 10 from 10 – 11 a.m. Republican Sen. Joni Ernst: Monday, Sept. 14 […]

Principal exec on broadband: ‘I rest my case’

BY: - August 13, 2020

Principal Financial Group executive and Iowa business leader Dan Houston was quick to make a point when people attending a state advisory board meeting about Iowa’s economic future were told to turn off their cameras and sound on Zoom. “The fact that this task force has to turn off their cameras would tell us that […]

D.M. airport traffic rises, but may not fully recover for five years

BY: - August 3, 2020

The Des Moines airport got a bump in traffic over the Fourth of July holiday, but is still doing about one-third of its usual business, a top official said. Because of the shortage of paying customers, the airport has been forced to siphon $6 million from savings meant to pay for a new terminal, said […]

Partnership opens nominations for Inclusion Award

BY: - July 14, 2020

The  Greater Des Moines Partnership has opened nominations for this year’s Inclusion Award. The award honors those who champion diversity, equity and inclusion in their businesses, organizations and community. This year’s Inclusion Award application reflects the  COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement and their impact on organizations. The award is for Partnership regional members […]

Local governments, nonprofits adjust plans amid pandemic’s financial toll

BY: - April 25, 2020

The socioeconomic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic can be seen in a homeless shelter at the State Fairgrounds, bigger demand for county aid, laid-off librarians, a growing array of online concerts and busy recreation trails in Greater Des Moines. Local governments and nonprofit organizations, like so many businesses, are adjusting on the fly. In a […]

Companies, volunteers make and donate thousands of face shields

BY: - April 20, 2020

Iowa companies and volunteers using 3-D printers and donated time have made and distributed thousands of face shields for hospitals around the state, the Greater Des Moines Partnership reported. “Because of the overwhelmingly positive response by the business community in the  region, we are able to survive the massive demand for PPE created by this […]

Aerial view of a combine harvesting soybeans

Mills County gains foreign trade zone, Syngenta operation

BY: - April 9, 2020

Syngenta Crop Protection will be the first tenant in a Wisconsin company’s Glenwood, Ia., industrial logistics project that has obtained a special trade zone designation to reduce tariffs. Warehouse Specialists of Appleton, Wis., worked with the Mills County Economic Development Foundation and the Greater Des Moines Partnership to gain Foreign Trade Sub Zone designation for […]