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Greater Des Moines Partnership Unveils 2018 State Legislative Agenda

Partnership Unveils State Policy Agenda for 2018

November 30, 2017

The Partnership’s Legislative Agenda was developed by its Government Policy Council, which consists of Business Members from the Partnership’s 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and 320 Investors. The agenda includes a list of featured priorities that will drive The Partnership’s state public policy efforts in 2018. The Partnership will focus on the following priorities, listed in no particular order:

  • The Partnership supports efforts to reform corporate and personal income tax policies to simplify and reduce Iowa’s income tax rates to strengthen Iowa’s economic competitiveness.
  • The Partnership supports existing economic development tools such as the Research Activities Credit, Innovation Tax Credit and the Angel Investor Tax Credit.
  • The Partnership supports the state’s Future Ready Iowa initiative to ensure that the state has a talent pipeline that is aligned to and prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
  • The State of Iowa has a unique opportunity to invest in Iowa’s soil and water infrastructure. The Partnership supports allocating sufficient, permanent and dedicated funding sources to meet infrastructure needs for non-point and point sources that are targeted and prioritized by watershed with annual accountability for the state’s investment.

“The Partnership’s agenda is a reflection of more than 6,100 Regional Business Members, and we are excited to work proactively with the General Assembly and Governor to pass meaningful legislation that will benefit the region,” said Joe Murphy, Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy for The Partnership. “Together we will work to ensure DSM maximizes its momentum by helping businesses grow and by attracting and retaining talented people.”

In addition to unveiling the legislative agenda, The Partnership welcomed Senate President Jack Whitver (R — Ankeny), Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen (D — Des Moines), House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow (R – Windsor Heights) and House Minority Leader Mark Smith (D — Marshalltown) to offer their thoughts and priorities during a legislative forum discussion 

The Partnership’s full State Legislative Agenda is available online here.  

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 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.