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Celebrate Business and Economic Impact Award Winners Announced

October 19, 2017

GREATER DES MOINES, IA — The Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Business Record will honor area companies with the Celebrate Business and Economic Impact Awards at a luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. The awards program will take place at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Celebrating 35 years of local economic impact in 2017, the Economic Impact Awards recognize companies that have had a significant influence on the local economy in terms of job creation, capital investment and facility expansion.

The 2017 Economic Impact Award winners are:

  • Alliant Energy
  • EP2
  • Crossroads Cold Storage
  • Hy-Vee, Inc.
  • Iowa Cold Storage
  • Kemin Industries Inc.
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions
  • LightEdge Solutions
  • Baker Group

Since 1999, the Celebrate Business Awards have promoted the Greater Des Moines (DSM) business community by acknowledging innovative and enduring business initiatives. The awards are presented annually to winners in several categories, including: the Community Champion Award for encouraging involvement in community activities; the Best Kept Secret Award for building a reputation for integrity and quality while remaining outside the public limelight; the Innovation Award for embracing innovation; the Best Workplace for YPs Award for creating an employee-friendly work environment; the EDGE Award for the pursuit of educational attainment and talent development; and the Inclusion Award to honor employers that have championed diversity and inclusion. 

The 2017 Celebrate Business Award winners are:

Community Champion

  • Small: Capture Marketing
  • Large: American Equity

Best Kept Secret

  • Small: Impact 7G
  • Large: On With Life


  • KCL Engineering

Best Workplace for YPs, presented by Young Professionals Connection: 

  • Shive-Hattery

EDGE Award:

  • Grand View University
  • University of Iowa

Inclusion Award:

  • Small: Technology Association of Iowa
  • Medium: Federal Loan Home Bank of Des Moines
  • Large: Drake University

The 2017 Celebrate Business Awards are presented by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Business Record.

Tickets for the luncheon are $30 for Partnership Members and Investors and $40 for nonmembers. Register online at DSMpartnership.com/events.

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership 

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,100 Regional Business Members and more than 320 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.