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Your Voice Makes a Difference at DMDC

Chair's Column

February 29, 2024

As a health care leader, I’m so proud of the tremendous collaboration between the health care providers in the Greater Des Moines (DSM) region. This spirit of collaboration is part of our region’s DNA, and it extends far beyond the health care sector. We work collaboratively across industries, across the public, private and nonprofit sectors, and across municipal jurisdictions. This helps us focus on and finish major projects and initiatives that drive our region forward from an economic development standpoint.

Collaboration at DMDC 2024

This spirit of collaboration is on display each year during the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s DMDC trip to Washington, D.C. The 45th DMDC event is slated for May 8 – 10. More than 180 business, community, local government, chamber and nonprofit leaders from across our 11-county region will share The Partnership’s federal policy priorities with our elected leaders. This is one of the largest chamber of commerce fly-ins in the country.

Our presence in our nation’s capital makes a statement: We are one region with one voice, and our voice matters.

We are fortunate each year to have direct access to Iowa’s Congressional delegation and their staff members. Our elected leaders make time for us and recognize the power of hearing from our trip attendees.

In addition to advocacy work, one of the major benefits for trip attendees is the opportunity to connect with so many fellow leaders from rural, suburban and urban areas across the region. We often hear from attendees that they can do more networking during this trip than during the rest of the year combined. A common thread among attendees is that they care deeply about their organizations, their local communities and our collective region.

The Partnership team works to intentionally create special experiences for attendees through its programming. As we reflect on historic moments of the first 44 years of this trip, many who have attended can remember meeting future presidents and visiting historic landmarks. We are excited to share more about this year’s trip in coming weeks.

Most importantly, we will continue to move the needle on economic growth in the DSM region through our advocacy work, and we need you. We need leaders to engage in pushing forward our federal policy priorities. Our Congressional Delegation and their staff members welcome your involvement, and our region benefits from our collective ability to advance economic growth through public policy.

I encourage you to register at DSMpartnership.com/dmdc. I hope to see you there.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership Board is made up of Greater Des Moines (DSM) leaders and industry experts. The Board is united in driving economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region.

David Stark

David Stark is Chief of Government Affairs & Philanthropy at UnityPoint Health and 2024 Greater Des Moines Partnership Board Chair.