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Partnership's 126th Annual Dinner Celebrates The Region's Accomplishments, Ushers In 2015 Chair, And Honors Three Businesses With Inclusion Awards!

January 27, 2015

The Greater Des Moines Partnership’s 126th Annual Dinner was held on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at Veterans’ Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Conference Center in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). The Partnership’s Annual Dinner is the celebration of its past year’s community and economic development work. This year’s guest speaker was Pulitzer Prize winning author Jon Meacham, who addressed a crowd of more than 1,200 business and community leaders.  

“Last year was yet another truly big year for Central Iowa,” said Paul E. Schickler, President, DuPont Pioneer, and 2014 Partnership Chair.  “Greater Des Moines continues to grow as a globally competitive region that fosters a thriving business community, encourages entrepreneurialism, elevates our local economy, and is a great place to build a business, a career and a future.”

The Partnership presented its 2014 Annual Report in video format. The report is available on the Partnership’s website in both video and pdf formats and can be viewed by visiting: DSMpartnership.com/annualreport. During the dinner program, Schickler transferred his Chair responsibilities to Gerard Neugent, President and CEO of Knapp Properties, Inc. Neugent was named Vice Chair in 2014 after serving the Partnership’s Executive Committee of the Board of Directors since 2012.  

The event also celebrated the diversity and inclusion efforts within the business community. The 2015 Inclusion Awards were presented by Robin Jenkins, 2013-14 Chair of the Partnership’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, to three local companies for their extensive diversity efforts.  

“The purpose of the Diversity and Inclusion Council is to support and elevate a diverse, vibrant, and inclusive regional economy through its education, promotion and public awareness practices that will result in a community where all have the opportunity to connect, live, learn and thrive,” Jenkins said in her remarks during the program.

The Partnership’s 2015 Inclusion Awards went to: 

  • For a large business: Wells Fargo
  • For a medium-sized business:  Bankers Trust
  • For a small business: Faegre Baker Daniels

Each company prepared a video acknowledgement shared at the dinner program. These videos can each be viewed beginning Wednesday, Jan. 28, by visiting the Partnership’s website at DSMpartnership.com/inclusionaward.

Media inquiries should be directed to Susan Ramsey at (515) 286-4954 or sramsey@DSMpartnership.com.

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.