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Day on the Hill Allows Business Leaders to Advocate With One Voice

Day on the Hill 2018 DSM USA

February 19, 2018

During this year’s Greater Des Moines Partnership Day on the Hill, we were honored to have Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg speak and take questions from our Members and Investors.

As a nonpartisan organization, the Day on the Hill provides an important opportunity for community leaders, including Partnership Board Members, to advocate for the region and engage in the legislative process with one voice.

How we build consensus  

The consensus-based legislative agenda is formed by our Government Policy Council of Partnership and Investors and Affiliate Chamber of Commerce Members. It allows us to articulate our clear vision to support initiatives that create jobs and prosperity across Greater Des Moines (DSM).

The Day on the Hill made for a great opportunity for business leaders to communicate how we can build upon DSM’s reputation as a top place to call home to all four caucuses.

2018 Featured Priorities 

 The following Featured Priorities were discussed:

  • The Partnership supports efforts to reform corporate and personal income tax policies to simplify and reduce Iowa’s income tax rates to strengthen Iowa’s economic competitiveness.

  • The Partnership supports existing economic development tools such as the Research Activities Credit, Innovation Tax Credit and the Angel Investor Tax Credit.

  • The Partnership supports the state’s Future Ready Iowa initiative to ensure that the state has a talent pipeline that is aligned to and prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

  • On the water quality front, The Partnership supports allocating sufficient, permanent and dedicated funding sources to meet infrastructure needs for non-point and point sources that are targeted and prioritized by watershed with annual accountability for the state’s investment.

It is important to continue the conversation with our government officials to maintain DSM’s rank as a world-class region. We’re grateful for the business and community leaders who took the opportunity to share how these Priorities will help move our region forward.

The Partnership engages with local, state and federal officials to create public policy that generates economic growth, business prosperity and talent development in Greater Des Moines. The Partnership is a nonpartisan organization. To learn more, click here.

Tim Coonan

Attorney Tim Coonan is a member of the government relations department at the Davis Brown Law Firm. He has over 11 years of lobbying experience and over 20 years of public policy experience at state and federal levels. He represents trade associations, energy providers, corporations, health care providers, municipalities, global financial services companies and other organizations before government agencies, administrative entities and the legislative and executive branches at state and federal levels. Tim is passionate about creating legislative agendas that advance his clients' overall strategic goals and then employs direct lobbying and grassroots strategies to achieve those goals.