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Greater Des Moines Partnership Recognized as a Top Economic Development Organization

May 6, 2020

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (May 6, 2020) – The Greater Des Moines Partnership has won a Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development from Site Selection magazine. The awards, named in honor of Site Selection founding publisher H. McKinley "Mac" Conway, are awarded to the top local and regional U.S. economic development groups based on an index of corporate job creation and facility-related capital investment data calculated both cumulatively and per capita.

The Partnership is featured in an article in the May 2020 issue of Site Selection. The article mentions several of the major employers in Greater Des Moines (DSM) as well as significant projects by companies including Amazon, Wright Service Corporation, Fidelity & Guaranty Life and Accordia Life & Annuity. The Partnership reported contributing to $1.27 billion in new capital investments, 22 local business expansion projects and 11 new companies relocating to DSM in 2019. This led to 1,094 new or retained jobs.

“It is an honor to see DSM USA recognized as a best-in-class region among our peers in the economic development community,” said Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. “This award underscores that our region is a top place for businesses and for people to live and work.”

“Locations throughout the U.S. and in every region of the world compete aggressively for direct investment at home and from abroad,” says Site Selection Editor in Chief Mark Arend. “Those appearing on these rankings have demonstrated with actual project numbers and other measures that they have the location attributes most in demand by capital investors.”

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 365 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.