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Award Applications & Winners

Inclusion Award

The Inclusion Award is awarded by the Greater Des Moines Partnership to honor employers who have championed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at their businesses and organizations and in the community. The award is presented at the Inclusion Summit on Nov. 10, 2021. To qualify for the Inclusion Award, organizations must be a regional Member or Investor of The Partnership.

Award categories by size of organization:

  • Small (1 – 150 employees)
  • Medium (151 – 500 employees)
  • Large (More than 500 employees)

Visit the Inclusion page for more information about the Inclusion Award winners.

Award Selection Council

Each year, a committee of members from The Partnership's Inclusion Council participates in a judges' panel to oversee the selection and presentation of The Partnership's Inclusion Award. Applications are evaluated, finalists are determined, an on-site visit is conducted and the committee convenes for a final assessment to determine the award winner(s). 

For questions about the award or process, please contact Marvin DeJear, Jr., Ph.D, MBA.

2021 Inclusion Award Winners

  • Hy-Vee, Inc., Large Organization Category (more than 500 employees)
  • Wells Fargo & Co., Large Organization Category (more than 500 employees)
  • NCMIC, Medium Organization Category (151–500 employees)
  • United Way of Central Iowa, Small Organization Category (1–150 employees)

Economic Impact Awards

The Economic Impact Awards are presented in the fall by the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The Awards recognize regional companies for their outstanding contributions toward the economic vitality of Greater Des Moines (DSM).

2021 Economic Impact Award Winners

  • Lely North America
  • Premier Tech
  • i2-tech
  • Vermeer Corporation
  • Helena Industries, LLC
  • Des Moines Industrial
  • Mrs. Clark's Foods

Central Iowa YP of the Year Awards

The Central Iowa Young Professional of the Year Awards honors young professionals who make a difference in the region. These awards are presented by the Young Professionals Connection and Juice.