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Award Applications & Winners

Celebrate Business and Economic Impact Awards

The Celebrate Business and Economic Impact Awards are presented by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Des Moines Business Record. They are presented in the fall and further enforce the Greater Des Moines Partnership's mission — that Greater Des Moines (DSM) is the best place to grow a business, a career and a future. These annual awards recognize companies for specific business practices such as encouraging involvement in community activities, creating an employee-friendly work environment and building a substantial reputation for integrity and quality.

2017 Award Applications 

2017 Economic Impact Award Winners

  • Alliant Energy 
  • EP2
  • Crossroads Cold Storage
  • Hy-Vee Inc.
  • Iowa Cold Storage
  • Kemin Industries, Inc.
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions
  • LightEdge Solutions
  • Baker Group

2017 Celebrate Business Award Winners

Community Champion

  • Small: Capture Marketing
  • Large: American Equity

Best Kept Secret

  • Small: Impact 7G
  • Large: On With Life


  • KCL Engineering

Best Workplace for YPs, presented by Young Professionals Connection

  • Shive-Hattery

EDGE Award

  • Grand View University
  • University of Iowa

Inclusion Award

The Inclusion Award (formerly the Diversity Award) is awarded by The Partnership to honor employers who have championed diversity and inclusion at their businesses and organizations and in the community. To qualify for the Inclusion Award, organizations must be a regional Member or Investor of The Partnership.

2018 Inclusion Award Application

Applications are now open for the 2018 Inclusion Award. Please fill out the application form and send to Sanjita Pradhan by August 31, 2018:

2017 Award Winners

  • Small: Technology Association of Iowa
  • Medium: Federal Loan Home Bank of Des Moines
  • Large: Drake University

Award Categories by Size of Organization:

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

The categories to be awarded will be determined based upon the quality and number of applications received in each category. Previous award recipients are not eligible to apply for three years after receiving the award.

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 Mary Bontrager.

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