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Partnership Announces 2022 Federal Policy Agenda

May 3, 2022

The Greater Des Moines Partnership has unveiled its 2022 Federal Policy Agenda. The agenda is compiled by The Partnership’s Government Policy Council, which is made up of Investors and Affiliate Chamber of Commerce Members. This year’s agenda includes the following featured priorities:

Des Moines International Airport Terminal Project

The Partnership supports federal funding for the expansion of the Des Moines International Airport Terminal Project. Creative funding solutions and direct appropriations that further address the immediate need of space to accommodate a growing population are necessary to ensure economic growth for Greater Des Moines (DSM).

ICON Water Trails

The Partnership supports the regionally connected system of natural resource areas and recreational amenities that will make up the ICON Water Trails. This project is a true public-private partnership and will serve the region’s efforts to attract and retain talent to DSM.

Infrastructure Projects

Following the passage and ongoing rollout of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, The Partnership supports the region’s ability to capture funding for key transportation and infrastructure projects. Additionally, the return of Community Project Funding, of which The Partnership supports, will aid in the advancement of these projects, such as the interstate designation of the Purple Heart Highway bypass, broadband infrastructure and funding for regional water infrastructure projects.

Talent Recruitment

Talent continues to be the number one priority of Partnership Members and Investors. The Partnership supports creative policy solutions to address the existing talent needs through targeted immigration reform, community placemaking projects and a strong arts and culture ecosystem to attract a diverse workforce and access to safe and affordable child care and housing.

View the full Federal Policy Agenda for more details.

The Partnership will convene its annual DMDC trip to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, May 11 – Friday, May 13. Nearly 190 leaders from DSM will promote regional priorities with one voice. Attendees of DMDC will meet with members of Iowa’s Congressional Delegation, the Administration and their staffs to discuss federal priorities.

2022 sponsors of DMDC include Shazam, Inc., Prairie Meadows, Principal, Delta Dental of Iowa, Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, Nyemaster Goode, P.C., PolicyWorks, The Weitz Company and the Des Moines International Airport.

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.