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2024 Community Call To Action

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is committed to fulfilling its 2024 Strategic Priorities. The Partnership’s vision is to unite the Greater Des Moines (DSM) community to drive economic growth with one voice, one mission, as one region. 

Strategic Priorities

PRIORITY: Economic Development 

Increase economic development project leads, expand the pipeline of prospects, assist business location and expansion projects and promote the entire region through the DSM RFI Ready program and intentionally leverage data to drive economic development efforts. 

PRIORITY: Talent Development

Implement new and innovative approaches to talent development. Expand internship and leadership development programming to grow local talent and activate the DSM Workforce Collaborative recommendations. The Partnership will also be launching a new program that connects highly engaged prospective talent with DSM super connectors and ambassadors. 

Watch this video to hear why current residents choose to call DSM home.

  • The Partnership will work with Principal Financial Group and the Principal Charity Classic to create a new community-driven work-based learning program to help prepare high school students for the future of work. Learn more.
  • Learn more about starting your career in DSM
  • Get involved in a new program that connects highly engaged prospective talent with DSM super connectors and ambassadors. This program will build connections to our community for our community as new talent moves here. Email Andrea Woodard if you’re interested in participating. 

Stay tuned for information on the DSM Intern Connection college intern program to take place this summer and a work-based learning program to connect high school students to professional development opportunities and regional employers. 

PRIORITY: Quality of Life Placemaking Projects 

Enhance the vibrancy of DSM through supporting regional quality of life placemaking projects throughout the region. Assist with project needs that will lead to development, funding sources, messaging, storytelling, advocacy and regional engagement for projects. 

PRIORITY: Global DSM Talent Study

Conduct Global DSM Talent study. From 2010 – 2020, our region increased its foreign-born population by nearly 50% — the second-highest rate in the nation. This priority will build on that momentum with intentional steps that can be taken to help attract and retain talent from around the world.  

PRIORITY: Activating the Capital Crossroads Roadmap

Support implementation of Capital Crossroads Roadmap with regional partners. Community visioning is one of the elements of the community’s success. Regional partners have unveiled the Capital Crossroads Roadmap to Opportunity and Prosperity for All. 

Chairs of the Capital Crossroads Regional Council that will lead the way on implementation of this plan:  

  • Teree Caldwell-Johnson, Oakridge Neighborhood Services 
  • Mayor Courtney Clarke, City of Waukee 
  • Dan Houston, Principal Financial Group 
  • Ben McLean, Ruan Transportation Management Systems 
  • Dr. Ian Roberts, Des Moines Public Schools 

Learn more about the Capital Crossroads Roadmap

PRIORITY: Regional Storytelling

Amplify the DSM USA story loud, bold and broad through media relations and website efforts for strategic storytelling and implement a new regional community integration strategy to advance rural, suburban and urban relationships.

  • Participate in a new regional community integration strategy and help us engage with your community by contacting Andrea Woodard
  • Learn how you can be involved in a new Regional Summit by contacting Andrea Woodard.
  • Reach out to Kyle Oppenhuizen and Courtney Shaw with regional storytelling ideas. 

2023 Annual Report

Watch the recap video below to review The Partnership’s 2023 results and download the 2023 Annual Report to see the region’s accomplishments.  

Download 2023 Annual Report

For Investors, Affiliates and Members

Are you interested in learning more about The Partnership's work?

  • Discover the importance of 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce network and the Membership benefits that your organization can obtain by joining your local Chamber and becoming a Member of The Partnership through the Dual Membership Model. 
  • Sign up to receive Partnership Newsletters
  • Follow The Partnership on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date with the latest Partnership news. 
  • Learn more about how to get involved on a Partnership Board, Council or Committee, or other volunteer leadership opportunity, by checking out our Investor Engagement Opportunities 
  • Check out our Investor Checklist to learn how to take advantage of your time as an Investor.  
  • The Partnership highly recommends businesses join their local Chamber of Commerce. After joining the Chamber, let The Partnership know how being a Partnership Investor may also be beneficial to you. Learn more about our Affiliate Chambers
  • Not yet an Investor? Reach out to Angie Stepsis to learn more.