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Each year in May, nearly 200 Greater Des Moines' (DSM) business, civic and regional community leaders travel to Washington D.C. to present The Partnership's Federal Policy Agenda. This is a unique opportunity to promote vital regional and local priorities and economic development projects to Iowa's Congressional delegation, the Administration and their staffs and to advocate with one voice and one mission as one united region. Learn more about DMDC in the 2024 Brochure.

Save the date for DMDC 2025 which is scheduled for May 7 – 9, 2025.

Explore the 2024 DMDC Trip attendees here.

2024 DMDC Trip Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Shazam logo Prairie Meadows logo

Gold Sponsors

Principal Logo delta dental logo

Silver Sponsors

Nyemaster Logo Weitz Logo Grinell Logo Policyworks Iowa Logo

Bronze Sponsors

Des Moines International Airport Logo


Previous DMDC Trips 

Previous DMDC trips included

  • Luncheons with keynote remarks from U.S. Congressional Members 
  • Chamber briefings 
  • Workshops on topics including trade, health care and immigration 
  • Tours to famous sites including the African American Museum, Library of Congress and the U.S. Capitol

Watch the recap video from DMDC 2023:


"This dual-Membership model with the 23 Affiliate Chambers and 6,400+ Members is really impressive. It's the reason we're the fourth-largest Chamber in the nation. To think of the communities from Indianola to Ames, Grinnell all the way to Winterset, how could those individual Chambers and their businesses have this national voice without The Partnership?" — Justin Brown, DOWNING CONSTRUCTION

"I had the opportunity to connect with Senator Joni Ernst's office about small business policy, and I think that is so important. As a female small business owner myself, we need to have our voice heard, and this trip gives us the opportunity for that." — Rita Perea, RITA PEREA LEADERSHIP COACHING AND CONSULTING ASSOCIATES

"You can spend a year trying to make some of the connections you're going to make in three days." — Tony Dickinson, NCMIC Group, Inc.

"When you take this group of people outside their environment and take them to Washington D.C., we're all in a neutral place, and we're more open to new ideas, less likely to guard our areas, more likely to open up and talk to and listen to others." — Michelle Book, IOWA FOOD BANK

Contact Ryan Moon for more information on DMDC at (515) 286-4912, or read about the most recent DMDC Trip in the "DMDC Communicates Key Priorities in Washington, D.C.” blog post.


Interested in becoming a sponsor for this unique opportunity for DSM USA to advocate for key issues with one voice and one mission as one united region? Contact Ryan Moon for more information.