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Mike Swesey Promoted to Executive Vice President of Economic Development at Greater Des Moines Partnership

February 3, 2022

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (Feb. 3, 2022) – Mike Swesey has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Economic Development at the Greater Des Moines Partnership. In this role, Swesey will lead The Partnership’s efforts in helping companies relocate to and expand in Greater Des Moines (DSM).

Swesey has worked on The Partnership’s economic development team for more than 20 years and brings extensive economic development experience and deep connections in the community as well as across the state and country to this role. The Partnership will work to build on recent momentum. In 2021, there were more than 62 projects announced, under construction or completed in the DSM region, representing $3.41 billion in total capital investment, 11 million square feet of project space and more than 3,600 new or retained jobs.

“Mike is well-positioned to lead The Partnership’s economic development work as our region continues to move forward,” said Jay Byers, President & CEO of The Partnership. “Mike’s experience, connections and knowledge of the industry and opportunities in DSM will help ensure DSM is well-positioned to attract companies in our key sectors and cultivate an environment where existing companies can be successful and expand.”

Prior to his work at The Partnership, Swesey worked at the Iowa Economic Development Authority and as the Economic Development Director for the City of Norwalk. He served on the Board of the Mid-America Economic Development Council for six years.

“In my time working in economic development in DSM, I have seen the major transformation of our community and experienced the regional cooperation that has led to this growth,” Swesey said. “I am excited to lead a talented team of economic development professionals and regional partners to capitalize on the momentum in our region.”

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 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 365 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.