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Growing Business Here

Considering relocating or expanding a business in Greater Des Moines (DSM)? The Greater Des Moines Partnership’s economic development team can help. Des Moines boasts a world-class workforce and collaborative business partnerships and is emerging as one of the top business environments in the country. Through specialized industry research, partnerships with local, state and national entities, as well as comprehensive assistance in site selection, The Partnership is equipped with the economic development resources to help new and existing businesses in the region expand or grow.  

For more information, contact Mike Swesey, Senior Vice President of Economic Development.


Des Moines is a globally connected community and one of the nation’s hotspots for new businesses, startups and millennials. It has been ranked among the best places to live in the United States, one of the most pro-business cities in America and one of the best cities for young professionals and jobs. Key industries include insurance and financial services, data centers, agbioscience, advanced manufacturing and logistics


How Can The Partnership Help?

Since 1999, The Partnership has collaborated with 568 businesses that have located to or expanded within the region. Of these businesses, 185 were new to the area. These projects occupy 25,381,769 square feet of premier office and industrial space across the region and account for 29,436 new or retained jobs in Iowa.

The Partnership is a winner of the Mac Conway Award. It is presented by Site Selection magazine and given to the top 10 economic development organizations in the nation. The scores are determined by total projects, total investment associated with those projects and total jobs associated with those projects and totals calculated per capital for the metro area.

As a leader in the industry, The Partnership can provide companies with confidential site selection assistance. Businesses that work with The Partnership have access to the following resources:


Have a single point of contact to learn about the region and provide comprehensive demographic and business climate information.

Real Estate

Receive assistance with identifying available sites and buildings.


Gain insight on area transportation capabilities including air, ground, rail and more.


Get help coordinating local and state incentives, proposals and execution.


Stay connected with all services needed for relocation, including water, sewage treatment, telecom and electric.

Human Resources:

Receive assistance with identification and recruitment of potential employees from Iowa's world-class workforce.


Utilize resources to help your business market its services.


Access detailed maps of the Des Moines regional and metro areas.

Global Business:

Receive assistance with foreign trade and investment.

Business Resources: 

Existing business in Des Moines can also take advantage of the numerous business resources, incentives and small business support the region has to offer; including talent development resources, professional development programs, workforce diversity and inclusion advancement opportunities. 

Latest Economic Development News

Des Moines continues to grow. Read about the region’s latest economic development success by subscribing to The Partnership's Economic Development Newsletter.