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Greater Des Moines Partnership Unveils New Statistical Dashboard

July 22, 2014

The Greater Des Moines Partnership launched a new online resource today called Des Moines Regional Research, Stats and Data Hub

The new website is a statistical dashboard filled with rich information on Greater Des Moines (DSM). Users will find leading indicators along with research and data trends needed to make business and policy decisions. The site offers current economic, demographic, and workforce information sourced from official government data on the five-county Des Moines MSA and six nearby counties. In addition, four subregions representing the region’s programs are included under the geographic selections.     

“One of the most important resources a region can provide is relevant and up-to-date business and community statistical information,” said David Maahs, senior vice president of Regional Economic Development, Greater Des Moines Partnership.  “The new website offers not only data, charts, and graphs but also a selection of related studies, reports, and plans for convenient access. It will be a great resource for companies and site selectors who look for current information on a community when making expansion decisions.”

Users can compile data within six main categories: Industry, Wages and Income, Workforce, Population Demographics, Social, and Other. Workforce, for example, contains data on employment, fastest growing occupations, college graduates and degree clusters. The Other category covers patents, imports/exports and agricultural production. New data sets will be added when they are pertinent to the growth and success of the region. A Transportation data set will be added in the near future.

Statistics are provided for multiple years, saving time and allowing for easy tracking. Bubble charts for industry, occupation, and college degree clusters visually represent strengths and weaknesses for the area. All of the research is accessible free of charge and is presented in an easy-to-use interface that allows users to customize the data into a dashboard style display format. Charts can even be saved and pasted into presentations for a professional look. 

“We are in a data rich era and all of these numbers matter, only if utilized to measure the quality of life for citizens in the region.  Civic, businesses organizations, and citizens can use the data to view key livability indicators and to analyze the impact of the decisions we make,” said Todd Ashby, executive director, Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. 

The Des Moines Regional Research, Stats and Data Hub website is the work of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and is made possible with support from Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, The Tomorrow Plan, MidAmerican Energy, Capital Crossroads and Cultivation Corridor.

For more information on the Des Moines Regional Research, Stats and Data Hub website, please visit dataDSMUSA.com.  Media inquiries should be directed to Amy Baker at (515) 286-4919 or abaker@DSMpartnership.com.

 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 330 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.