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Greater Des Moines Partnership Announces Next Welcome To DSM USA Reception On May 25

April 27, 2023

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (April 27, 2023) – The Greater Des Moines Partnership announced that the next Welcome to DSM USA Reception will be held on Thursday, May 25 at 6 p.m. at the Blank Park Zoo. The reception will take place prior to Blank Park Zoo’s Wild Lights Festival.  

The Welcome to DSM USA Reception series was created to celebrate new Greater Des Moines (DSM) residents who have chosen to build their career, future and lives in the DSM region. Attendees can meet and mingle with other new residents while learning about community resources created to familiarize them with the region and to help them feel more at home in DSM. 

“We’re excited to welcome new residents to the DSM USA region with a magical night of light and culture in this visually stunning festival,” said Jenae Sikkink, Senior Vice President of Talent Development. “This event is family friendly and attendees are invited to bring their families to enjoy the fun.”  

Blank Park Zoo's Wild Lights Festival presented by MidAmerican Energy Company will feature 50 handcrafted, larger-than-life, illuminated Asian lanterns. The reception will be in the outdoor Pavilion next to the Bald Eagle exhibit. This year's festival features underwater wildlife, giant insects, mythical creatures and endangered animals.

“We look forward to welcoming new residents to discover the zoo and learn more about everything Greater Des Moines has to offer,” said Anne Shimerdla, President & CEO of Blank Park Zoo. “This promises to be an evening to remember for attendees as they make new friends and experience the Wild Lights.”  

Registration is required. For more information and to register for the event, visit The Partnership’s website.  

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 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 400 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