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Survey Shows Central Iowans Are Embedded In Community, Workplace

February 26, 2015

The Greater Des Moines Partnership, in collaboration with the Robert D. and Billie Ray Center (formerly Character Counts) and the Institute for Excellence & Ethics, has released the results of its 2014 Central Iowa Human Capital Survey. Approximately 4,000 respondents took the survey, which measures how embedded the local talent is in the community and in the workplace.

Survey results show that residents feel a high level of connection to the community. Some highlights of the survey include:

  • 93 percent of respondents say they live a healthy and productive life
  • 93 percent agree this is a good community in which to raise a family
  • 93 percent say they are proud to be a member of the community and would recommend it to others
  • 92 percent feel safe in this community
  • 90 percent believe people are treated with civility and respect
  • 89 percent believe they can achieve the things in life that are important to them

This is the second year in a row the survey has been offered to the community. Additionally, this survey had ­a workforce component to measure how engaged local talent is in the workplace. Some highlights:

  • 89 percent of respondents agree that individuals in the workplace demonstrate ethical conscience and competence
  • 88 percent agree that individuals in their workplace exhibit hard work and self-motivation.
  • 88 percent agree that individuals in their workplace go beyond basic mastery of skills to enhance their performance
  • 88 percent agree that individuals in their workplace act with integrity

“These results are another sign of the momentum we are experiencing as a region,” said Mary Bontrager, Executive Vice President, Workforce Development/Education for the Partnership. “The survey shows that not only is Greater Des Moines a great place to live, but also a great place to work. Our local workforce is happy and healthy, which should be a signal to talented people around the country that Greater Des Moines is an attractive place to relocate.”

A one-page summary of the results is available here. To view an executive summary, click here.To request more in-depth results, please contact Mary Bontrager at (515) 286-4957 or by email at mbontrager@DSMpartnership.com. For media inquiries, please contact Amy Baker at (515) 286-4919 or by email at abaker@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.