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Partnership Perk: Public Policy

Public Policy Advocacy in DSM USA

May 10, 2017

As a Member of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, your public policy interests are elevated to the regional, state and federal levels. By building and establishing relationships with elected officials, The Partnership has the advantage of communicating the needs of Greater Des Moines (DSM) throughout the year. The Partnership is committed to developing and supporting policies that enhance and sustain the region’s vibrancy. With more than 6,000 Regional Members, The Partnership represents a broad grassroots network with a unified voice for the region.

Connecting with DSM USA Elected Officials

Connecting Members with elected officials helps to ensure the region’s collective voice is heard. Navigating the world of public policy can be intimidating, but The Partnership holds a variety of opportunities to connect the people of DSM with the information they need to make informed decisions, including:

  • Government Policy Council — A series of meetings open to all Members. In these meetings, Partnership Regional Members present agenda items that compose the state and federal policies around issues that reflect the needs of the region.
  • DMDC — Partnership Members and Investors are invited to travel to Washington, D.C. to ensure the needs of the region are being addressed at the federal level. The trip includes a variety of opportunities to hear from the Administration and Congressional Leadership. Follow the action of this year’s trip on social media with the hashtag #DMDC2017.
  • Day on the Hill — This annual meeting at the Statehouse provides Members and Investors an opportunity to hear from our leaders in both the administration and the legislature, and discuss policies that promote economic growth within the region. Review The Partnership’s full legislative agenda.
  • Local Candidate Forums — The Partnership hosts and supports local candidate forums and promotes and supports legislative forums and advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal level.

Pro-Economic Growth

Through these continued efforts, The Partnership will remain focused on creating and sustaining a pro-economic growth environment that allows businesses and communities to prosper. By working together with public and private partners, the region can be a shining example to the rest of the country of what can be done with bold ideas and regional collaboration. 

To stay up-to-date on the various public policy-related activities, subscribe to the Government Policy Council newsletter and updates.

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Meg Schneider

Meg Schneider serves as Senior Vice President of Business Resources and Community Development at the Greater Des Moines Partnership. She is a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council, an invitation-only organization for senior-level executives in successful nonprofit organizations.