Program areas at Greater Des Moines Partnership
Regional economic development: regional economic development is the cornerstone of the Partnership's mission. In 2019, goals were accomplished by assisting with 22 business expansions, 11 new company relocations to the region, increased capital investment of more than 1.274 billion in the region, and 1,094 new/retained jobs. In accomplishing these goals, the Partnership visited numerous local companies, pursued prospect visits and carried out recruitment trips and trade shows. In addition, Partnership efforts resulted in numerous high-profile media placements which highlighted regional strengths and opportunities.
Entrepreneurial initiatives: entrepreneurial initiatives (formerly known as square one dsm) was launched in 2007 to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses in the region. Its staff provide resources to strategically assess the commercial feasibility of products and services. In addition, consultative resources are provided in order to assist start-up ventures in the development of product and service offerings.
Regional business development and talent: the Partnership through its visionary model is aligned with 24 regional chambers of commerce in the region and as a result has more than 6,400 member organizations. It offers a regional member directory, online database and resources, and distributes a weekly email newsletter. Its talent development and education efforts connect employers and prospects across several employment sectors and adds value through increased programming efforts via new technologies and programs.