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Greater Des Moines To Host CEOs For Cities Event

December 4, 2015

Greater Des Moines (DSM) will host the CEOs for Cities Spring 2016 National City Cluster Workshop, the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Greater Des Moines Partnership and CEOs for Cities announced this week. The event will take place on June 26-28, 2016 in Downtown Des Moines. The 2016 City Cluster Workshop will feature interactive workshops and activities focused on 21st century crossroads encountered by regions and cities. Discussion will focus on how cities and regions seize unique opportunities — and collaborate across sectors, disciplines, generations and borders — to make bold investments in their futures.

“We are very pleased by this announcement,” said Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO & President Greg Edwards. “This is a prime example of how Greater Des Moines is a premier destination for hosting major, national events.”

“We are very excited to host the CEOs for Cities Spring Cluster Workshop themed ‘The Crossroads City,’” said Greater Des Moines Partnership CEO Jay Byers. “This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase the Central Iowa success story on a national stage and learn from other thought leaders representing multiple cities and community development disciplines from across the country.”

The most recent Spring National City Cluster Workshops took place in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Des Moines was selected in part because of our state’s first-in-the-nation caucus status — and our region’s exemplary collaboration — including public and private partnerships, innovative approaches to workforce development and support of our entrepreneurial eco-systems. The 2016 event is expected to draw 200-plus leaders from up to 35 city clusters from the U.S.

“Having attended CEOs for Cities events, I know that this is will be an extremely valuable experience for our out-of-town guests. Attendees will enjoy our city’s world-class arts and culture, as the Workshop dovetails with the award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival®,” said Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines President Kristi Knous.

“We are honored to host the CEOs for Cities National City Cluster Workshop and showcase Greater Des Moines to an influential group of business leaders from around the country,” said United Way of Central Iowa President Mary Sellers. “This is another example of Greater Des Moines as a national leader, and we know it will be a memorable experience for our visitors.”

More details about times and locations will be announced in coming weeks.

About the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, the parent organization of the Des Moines Area Sports Commission, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to market the region as a visitor destination increasing economic growth and enhancing the visitor experience. The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Des Moines Area Sports Commission represent the following municipalities: Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Polk County, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights.

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.