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Greater Des Moines Partnership Set To Advance Regional Priorities In Washington, D.C.

May 5, 2015

Nearly 200 of Greater Des Moines’ (DSM's) business and community leaders will travel to the nation’s capital May 10-12 to present a federal agenda and promote regional priorities and economic development plans during the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s 36th annual trip to Washington, D.C.  While in Washington, participants will have the opportunity to advocate for key issues facing the region.

Throughout the three-day trip, local leaders will meet with members of Iowa’s Congressional delegation, the Administration, and their staffs.  The Partnership will host a Congressional Leadership luncheon featuring United States Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-MN);  as well as a breakfast meeting featuring Chuck Todd, Political Director of NBC News and moderator of Meet the Press.  The Partnership will also host Congressional staff policy meetings addressing eight priorities for Central Iowa including: Iowa Biotechnology Center, Des Moines International Airport Terminal, Bus Rapid Transit, Long Term Transportation Funding, Trade, Immigration, Quality of Life and Graduate Medical Education. The DM/DC 2015 public policy agenda and a trip itinerary may be found by visiting DSMpartnership.com/dmdc

“The DC Trip allows us to continue to build strong relationships with federal policymakers and bring a real-world perspective from Central Iowa as a unified community,” said the Partnership’s 2015 Chair Gerry Neugent of Knapp Properties, Inc. “Not only is this an opportunity to connect with Congress and the Administration on issues and projects impacting our region, it is an unparalleled chance for participants to connect with each other in ways nearly impossible to duplicate at home.”

Sponsors of the Partnership’s DC Trip include Google, Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino, Innovate Iowa, The Weitz Company, Nyemaster Goode PC, DART- Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, JE Dunn Construction Group, Delta Dental of Iowa, Principal Financial Group, CenturyLink Inc., Midwest Housing Equity Group, Davis Brown Law Firm,  Des Moines University, Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines International Airport, and BrownWinick.

Media inquiries or requests for interviews should be directed to Amy Baker at (515) 286-4919 or abaker@DSMpartnership.com. Follow @DSMpartnership on Twitter and #DMDC2015 for updates on the trip.

 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.