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Seeing the Importance of The Partnership Through New Eyes During COVID-19

The Partnership and Skilled Workers

April 21, 2020

During this COVID-19 pandemic, it’s become even more apparent that the need for a well-funded, purpose driven economic development organization, like ours, is integral to a region’s continued success and growth.

Skilled Workers’ Part in DSM’s Success

A region’s greatest accomplishments come from how much opportunity a business has in finding well-trained and quality workers in that area. Here at The Partnership, one of our top focuses has been creating opportunity for workers to become skilled in Greater Des Moines’ (DSM’s) key industries, now and in the future. DSM is a community ripe with talented individuals and we are constantly looking for new ways for them to continually develop their skills. From the Future Ready DSM program to the DSM Fellowship Program and internship opportunities, creating connections for businesses and potential and future employees is what will make a difference in DSM. It will also lead to reinvigorating the area, creating new opportunities for work and for play. When a business chooses to open in your region, it gives the local economy a chance to expand and new events to flourish.

Resources for Development

The Partnership’s efforts to aid in site selection, opportunity zones and talent development have been essential to DSM’s success and will continue to be as we navigate the aftermath of COVID-19. As the gravity of the situation became clear, The Partnership moved swiftly to create the COVID-19 Rapid Response Hub and has been updating with accurate information ever since in order to assist our community, with an emphasis on the small business owners that are particularly hurting right now.

The Partnership’s mission has never been more important. My fellow colleagues and I are working harder than ever to elevate small businesses throughout the region and create content relevant to the issues DSM businesses are facing due to COVID-19. We must all continue to persevere in the face of this changing pandemic, while welcoming change and new ideas in order to do so. While it would be easy to let fear drive us during this crisis, we at The Partnership are standing strong for this community. I hope you will stand with us. Together, we will get through this time and come out stronger than ever.

You can count on The Partnership to continue to share accurate and fact-based updates as well. See more on COVID-19 here.

Tim Leach

Tim Leach is the former senior vice president of downtown development for the Greater Des Moines Partnership, where his duties include business retention, expansion and attraction. He has been involved in economic development for over 20 years. His experience includes community development for a rural Iowa community, extensive economic development work for a public utility and now works on the continued development of Iowa's largest Downtown.