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Partnership Names Brian T. Crowe as Executive Vice President of Economic Development

January 7, 2021

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (Jan. 7, 2021) – The Greater Des Moines Partnership has named Brian T. Crowe as its Executive Vice President of Economic Development. Crowe will lead The Partnership’s efforts in helping businesses relocate to and expand in Greater Des Moines (DSM). Crowe will begin his role on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Crowe currently serves as Vice President for Business Attraction at ICR IOWA, a seven-county regional economic development organization serving the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids region. Crowe also served as the Economic Development Strategist for the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, where he oversaw business retention and expansion, as well as business attraction efforts for the Cedar Rapids Metro area. In addition to the work in Eastern Iowa, Crowe has also held economic development positions at the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Office of Energy Independence which oversaw the Iowa Power Fund.

“Brian is a seasoned economic development leader with a successful track record of working with regional partners across jurisdictional lines on company relocation and expansion projects that result in job creation and capital investment,” said Jay Byers, President and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. “I am confident that Brian’s leadership, vision, experience and existing relationships with our team and other partners will be instrumental in helping our region continue to secure game-changing economic development projects.”

Crowe brings extensive volunteer leadership experience into the position. He took part in the Community Leadership Program Iowa City in 2019-2020 and Leadership for Five Seasons Cedar Rapids in 2016-2017. Crowe has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Marion Economic Development Corporation and the Professional Developers of Iowa. Crowe is a former United States Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Romania from 2002-2004.

“I look forward to working with so many outstanding leaders throughout the region to ensure we continue to attract businesses and help existing businesses grow,” Crowe said. “DSM is experiencing tremendous economic development momentum and is nationally recognized as a great place for business, and together we can keep the region strong as we head into 2021 and beyond.”

Crowe has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently working on attaining Certified Economic Developer status.

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.