Greater Des Moines Partnership

Iowa economic development director: Invest in Iowa Act likely dead for this session

BY: - April 2, 2020

Iowa’s economic development director on Thursday said the governor’s signature plan to boost spending on mental health, outdoor recreation and water quality appears to be dead for this session. The Invest in Iowa Act, which calls for a one-cent increase in the state sales taxes and offsetting cuts in property taxes, was at the top […]

Iowa looks to add to $4M in grants for small businesses hurt by COVID

BY: - April 2, 2020

The Iowa Economic Development Authority will offer “significantly more” than the $4 million originally eyed for grants to small businesses for losses related to the COVID-19 outbreak, director Debi Durham told business leaders Thursday.  Durham said she is looking to shift unused money from various IEDA accounts and other state sources to help trim a […]

Survey: Central Iowa businesses shake up operations amid COVID-19 outbreak

BY: - March 26, 2020

An unscientific online survey by the Greater Des Moines Partnership revealed ways the more than 600  businesses have been affected the COVID-19 outbreak. In results the Central Iowa business organization released Thursday, many business representatives said they have changed business practices and policies because of the spread of the new coronavirus, including laying off workers. […]

Partnership launches site to help businesses find temp workers

BY: - March 24, 2020

The Greater Des Moines Partnership has launched DSM Employment Ready, an initiative to help businesses find temporary workers. The site also will help employees looking for work because of changes caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The Partnership will maintain a list of Greater Des Moines companies looking to hire. It also will track state and federal assistance […]

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Iowa business group launches survey to help in COVID-19 response

BY: - March 17, 2020

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is surveying area businesses to assess their needs, look for innovative approaches to the partial shutdown, and to share information, said CEO Jay Byers. “This is a time of unprecedented innovation and creativity,” Byers said. “What are the ways that businesses can pivot? Restaurants could adopt an aggressive takeout strategy, […]

Percentage of Iowans with more than high-school education rises again

BY: - March 5, 2020

The percentage of working-age Iowans with post-secondary education jumped 2.6% last year, the state reported. The new figure of 60.2% compared with the state’s Future Ready Iowa goal of 70% by 2025. The biggest gains were in bachelor’s degrees and certifications in construction trades, Iowa Workforce Development reported. In 2018, 57.6% of Iowans ages 25 […]

Byers re-elected to head international business group

BY: - February 18, 2020

Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, has been re-elected to the board of an international business group. Byers will represent the United States chamber of commerce industry on the General Council of the World Chambers Federation of the International Chamber of Commerce. He is one of 20 representatives elected to represent chambers […]

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Economist: Iowa needs new policies to save rural areas

BY: - February 11, 2020

The latest round of poor-to-average ratings for Iowa in a key business index is more evidence that Iowa has struggled economically after recovering from the last recession, an Iowa State University economist said.  But two key business-group leaders said a group of bills in the Iowa Legislature, combined with local programs and possible changes in […]

Langston named to lead FuelIowa

BY: - January 17, 2020

Ronald Langston has been named president and CEO of FuelIowa, effective Jan. 20. He succeeds 25-year organization veteran Dawn Carlson, who will leave in February to focus on her family and her equestrian business, River Heights Ranch. FuelIowa is an industry group aiding and promoting business in gasoline, diesel, propane, ethanol, biodiesel and other liquid […]

Partnership plans push for DM airport terminal expansion

BY: - January 16, 2020

The Greater Des Moines Partnership, Central Iowa’s main economic development group, has announced it will push for state government and other assistance for a proposed $200 million overhaul of the Des Moines International Airport. That project would include a new terminal airport managers say is needed because the current facility, built in 1948, is too […]

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Iowans praise signing of initial China deal

BY: - January 15, 2020

Reaction from Iowa on President Trump’s signing of the initial trade deal with China and was quick and mostly positive, with a dose of time-will-tell.  The phase one deal includes a promise from China that it will double its purchases from U.S. farmers in the first year, CNN reported. China is one of the largest […]