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Connect Locally

Greater Des Moines (DSM) is famous for many things, including world-class expertise in manufacturing, legal services, advertising and more — right in its own backyard.

Each year, businesses and governments in Des Moines spend more than $13.4 billion with out-of-area suppliers. Shifting just 5 percent of that spending to support local vendors and businesses could generate an economic impact of more than $1 billion for the region.

That’s why the Greater Des Moines Partnership created Look Local First — an initiative to promote local expertise, products and services. When businesses and residents Look Local First, they create jobs, improve roadways, bolster schools, develop parks, grow businesses and make Des Moines even greater. Shifting just five percent of spending could add more than $672 million a year to the local economy — and cause a potential ripple effect with an economic impact of more than $1 billion.