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Greater Des Moines Leadership to Promote Regional, Local Priorities at DMDC 2023

DMDC 2023

April 26, 2023

The Greater Des Moines Partnership leads an annual trip to Washington, D.C. to present The Partnership’s Federal Policy Agenda and to promote vital regional and local priorities and economic development projects. As one of the largest chamber of commerce fly-ins in the nation, DMDC presents a unique opportunity to 200 business, civic and community leaders in the Greater Des Moines (DSM) region to advocate for key issues with one voice and one mission as one united region.

DMDC 2023 marks the 44th annual fly-in to Washington, D.C. and Prairie Meadows is excited to sponsor this trip once again from May 10 – 12, 2023. As a long-time attendee and supporter of DMDC, I have seen firsthand the value of the trip and the outcomes that further enrich the DSM region.

2023 Federal Advocacy Efforts

Each year, The Partnership’s Government Policy Council (GPC), composed of Partnership Investors and Members, compiles an annual Federal Policy Agenda. The 2023 agenda will be released in the weeks leading up to DMDC to serve as a guide to the regional priorities. As a nonpartisan organization, The Partnership’s advocacy efforts reflect our commitment to collaborative, consensus-based solutions. The Partnership strives to work with elected officials across the aisle to generate economic growth, business prosperity and talent development in the DSM region.

Why Should I Attend?

Working alongside elected officials and decision-makers, DMDC brings together 200 business, community and civic leaders dedicated to improving the DSM region. Together, they represent 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and 400+ Investors across our 11-county region. Over the course of three days, we educate, advocate and collaborate to make tangible progress toward achieving our regional and local priorities on behalf of our communities.

By bringing DSM to Washington, D.C., attendees engage with Administration officials and Iowa's U.S. Congressional members and staff at several points throughout the trip. We are incredibly grateful for our delegation for going out of their way to be active participants in the DMDC experience. While each trip has its special memories, the ability to have one-on-one conversations with the Iowa delegation is always one of the most impactful memories for me. DMDC serves as the perfect reminder as to why it is so important for all of us to be involved in government at the local, state and federal level.

Along with our advocacy efforts, DMDC is an enjoyable way to experience D.C. with the DSM community and to network along the way. The events and programs allow the business community to collaborate with one voice and to generate a large economic impact for Central Iowans.

As a nonprofit, locally-managed business, Prairie Meadows has supported the federal fly-in for almost two decades. We recognize the significance of bringing DSM to Washington, D.C. and the influence we have as a group of business, civic and community leaders united under one mission.

I have participated in DMDC since 2006, and the relationships I have cultivated and experiences I’ve had through the years have been remarkable. I highly encourage you to consider joining us in 2023.

To learn more and register for DMDC 2023, click here.

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 is a nonpartisan organization.

Julie Stewart

Julie Stewart is director of community relations for Prairie Meadows. She has been with the company in various roles since 1989. Stewart has served as a volunteer and board member for many regional organizations, was honored as one of Business Record's Forty Under 40 and is a Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute's Transformational Leadership Program and Community Leadership Program graduate.