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The Partnership's Ritz Wins Community Vision Award

May 19, 2016

Nathan D. Ritz, Director of Regional Workforce Development/Education and the Youth Leadership Initiative at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, has won the “Connecting” category of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Community Vision Awards. The award recognizes a Leadership Institute alumnus who connects leaders across the Greater Des Moines Community. The awards were formally announced during The Leadership Institute Honors Luncheon on May 19.

Ritz represents The Partnership locally, regionally and nationally and shares information about opportunities in Greater Des Moines at career fairs and college campuses throughout the year. He also runs The Partnership’s Youth Leadership Initiative, which has helped more than 400 youth in Greater Des Moines gain leadership skills and connect to the community. Ritz is a 2012 graduate of the Leadership Institute’s Community Leadership Program

“I am honored to receive a Community Vision Award and thankful to the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and The Partnership for giving me opportunities to learn, grow and lead in this community,” Ritz said. “I am passionate about helping young people in high school and college discover this community, and I will continue my work to help connect them to the great things happening Greater Des Moines.”

“We are thrilled that Nathan has been recognized with a Community Vision Award. He is a very deserving recipient,” said Mary Bontrager, Executive Vice President of Regional Workforce Development/Education at The Partnership. “We are lucky to have Nathan on our Partnership team and the community is lucky to have his dedication and leadership.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Sophia S. Ahmad at sahmad@DSMpartnership.com or (515) 286-4919.

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.


About the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute

The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute is Central Iowa’s premier community leadership development organization. Through community-wide education and service projects, the Leadership Institute develops, connects, inspires, and challenges community leaders to greater public awareness, commitment, and involvement to improve the overall quality of life in our community. Since 1982, more than 2,000 leaders have graduated from the Leadership Institute’s programs. Learn about the Leadership Institute by visiting gdmli.com.