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DMDC Celebrates 40 Years of Advocacy

2019 DMDC

May 8, 2019

2019 represents the 40-year anniversary for the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s annual trip to Washington, D.C.  Known to trip participants as DMDC, the trip serves as the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s launch point for advocacy at the federal level. It also affords our participants the opportunity to develop key relationships with policy makers, elected officials, members of the Administration and many others. 

DMDC is a Catalyst for Community Change

This year’s trip coincides with an important time in our community. With trade issues, generational community projects, and granting opportunities to be explored, DMDC represents the best way to get a head start on making a difference in the community.

For the past 40 years, The Partnership has forged ahead and provided a catalyst for legislative engagement. Participating in the political and legislative process is one of the most important things a business leader can do. Leaders have an obligation to share insights and concerns with our elected officials in order to move the region forward. For the past 40 years, DMDC has provided that opportunity and we are grateful for all the support and participation we’ve enjoyed as a community.

What to Expect at DMDC 2019

DMDC is an opportunity to advocate for key issues with one voice and one mission as one united region. The Federal Policy Agenda for 2019 will include the following key issues:

  • Agriculture
  • Business Climate
  • Economic Development
  • Energy
  • Financial Security
  • Flood Mitigation, Water Trails and Water Quality
  • Health Care
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
  • Housing
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade
  • Quality of Life
  • Talent Development
  • Technology
  • Transportation


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.

Joe Murphy

Joe Murphy is the senior vice president of government relations and public policy at the Greater Des Moines Partnership. He has over a decade of government affairs, political advocacy and public relations experience in both the public and private sector. Joe earned his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Northern Iowa and his master's degree in public administration from Drake University.