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2014 DMDC Trip Recap

June 1, 2014

Greater Des Moines (DSM) business and community leaders traveled to the nation’s capital in May to promote the Partnership’s 2014 federal agenda and regional priorities to Congressional and Administrative leaders.

2014 DMDC Trip Highlights

Nearly 200 people participated in the 35th annual trip, which was highlighted by a surprise visit from Vice President Joe Biden, a star-studded media panel discussion of Iowa’s “first in the nation” caucuses, and a ceremony commemorating the public service of Senator Tom Harkin and Congressman Tom Latham, who are both retiring this year. 

Local leaders heard an often repeated theme of bi-partisanship and collaboration from Iowa’s Congressional delegation as well as from guest speakers Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). Policy discussions during the three-day trip addressed Agriculture/Trade, Education, Health Care, and Transportation, with workshops that focused on the Farm Bill, Housing and Immigration. 

A Thanks to Sponsors

The Partnership thanks presenting sponsors for DM/DC 2014: Prairie Meadows and Innovate Iowa; as well as program sponsors: Davis Brown Law Firm, Delta Dental of Iowa, Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines Area MPO, Des Moines Area Regional Transit, Diligent Development, DuPont Pioneer, Google, the Human Capital, JE Dunn Construction, Live Healthy America, Midwest Housing Equity Group, Nyemaster Goode, P.C., The Principal Financial Group, and The Weitz Company.