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MEDIA ADVISORY: The Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo Opens in Des Moines

January 26, 2016


Leaders from The Republic of Kosovo and the State of Iowa announce the opening of the first diplomatic office located in Iowa: The Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo.


Terry Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa
Joni Ernst, U.S. Senator from Iowa
Hashim Thaçi, Deputy Prime Minister of The Republic of Kosovo

Vlora Citaku, Kosovo Ambassador to the U.S.
Brigadier General Xhavit Gashi, Kosovo Security Force Attaché to the United States
Major General Timothy Orr, Adjutant General, Iowa National Guard
Debi Durham, Director of Iowa Economic Development Authority
Akan Ismaili, Former Kosovo Ambassador to the U.S.
Paolo Bartesaghi, President of Iowa Sister States
Kim Heidemann, Executive Director of Iowa Sister States

Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership
Frank Cownie, Mayor of the City of Des Moines


11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 29. Please arrive by 10:45 a.m.


Conference Center, Greater Des Moines Partnership, 700 Locust St., Ste. 100, Des Moines, IA, 50309.


Please RSVP to Sophia S. Ahmad at sahmad@DSMpartnership.com. Limited space available; credentials granted to the first 10 media company respondents.


About Iowa Sister States

Iowa Sister States (ISS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1985 to manage Iowa’s official relationship with foreign states, as established by the Governor of Iowa. There are 9 of these, including: Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan (1960), Yucatan, Mexico (1965), Hebei Province, China (1983), Terengganu, Malaysia (1987), Stavropol Krai, Russia (1988), Taiwan (1989), Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine (1996), Veneto Region, Italy (1997), and Kosovo (2013). ISS is a volunteer organization dedicated to connecting Iowans with the world community. To learn more about ISS, visit iowasisterstates.org.

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.