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Public Policy

The Partnership's Public Policy team engages with local, state and federal officials to create public policy that generates economic growth, business prosperity and talent development in Greater Des Moines (DSM). The Partnership provides opportunities for its Members to connect, build relationships and continue dialogue with their elected officials. At the start of each legislative session, The Partnership hosts a Legislative Reception Day on the Hill. Each year The Partnership leads a delegation of nearly 200 business, civic, community and local elected leaders to Washington, D.C., dubbed DMDC, to advocate with one voice — one of the largest Chamber of Commerce fly-ins in the nation.

DMDC 2017 is scheduled for May 10 through 12. Click here to register.

Government Policy Council

The Government Policy Council (GPC), which is made up of Partnership Investor and Affiliate Chamber Member organizations, shapes The Partnership's local, state and federal policy agendas. 

GPC Leadership

Chair: Sue Huppert, Des Moines University
Vice Chair: Tim Coonan, Davis Brown Law Firm
YPC Civic and Culture Chair: Matt Blake, LeadingAge Iowa

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Issues of Interest

The Partnership has worked with business, civic, community and elected leaders on the following issues:

  • Iowa Soil and Water Future Task Force: The Iowa Soil and Water Future Task Force, originated by The Partnership and an initiative of Capital Crossroads, is comprised of thought leaders in business, agriculture, public policy and academia who outline a comprehensive approach to address the state's water quality challenges. MORE>
  • Transit Future Work Group: The Transit Future Work Group is made up of Greater Des Moines business, community and civic leaders who proactively identify opportunities for increased public mobility options in the region.
  • Education: The Partnership has been a proponent to further develop the region's cradle through career pipeline through Education Drives our Greater Economy (EDGE). EDGE aims to ensure that 75 percent of Central Iowa adults have postsecondary degrees, certificates or other credentials by 2025 that align with workforce needs. The Partnership also supports the Governor's Future Ready Iowa initiative.