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 local economic development plans to Iowa’s Congressional delegation, the Administration and their staffs and advocate for key issues with one voice and one mission as one united region.
Previous DMDC trips included events ranging from luncheons with keynote remarks from U.S. Congressional Members, Chamber briefings, workshops on topics, such as trade, health care and immigration and tours to famous sites, including the African-American Museum, Library of Congress and the U.S. Capitol.
Download The Partnership's 2019 Federal Agenda (in full).
"This dual-Membership model with the 24 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 Andrea Woodard for more information on DMDC at (515) 286-4924.
Thank You To Our 2019 Sponsors
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 Andrea Woodard for more information.