SOURCE: Greater Des Moines Partnership

Greater Des Moines Partnership

May 11, 2016 14:46 ET

Greater Des Moines Partnership Advances Regional Priorities in Washington, D.C.

Annual Advocacy Trip Takes Place May 11-13, 2016

DES MOINES, IA--(Marketwired - May 11, 2016) - Nearly 200 of Central Iowa's business and community leaders are traveling to the nation's capital May 11-13 to present a federal agenda and promote regional priorities and economic development plans during the Greater Des Moines Partnership's 37th annual trip to Washington, D.C. While in the nation's capital, participants will advocate for key issues facing Central Iowa. This trip represents one of the largest chamber of commerce fly-ins in the nation.

Throughout the three-day trip, local leaders will meet with members of Iowa's Congressional delegation, the Administration and their staffs. 

The Partnership will also host Congressional staff policy meetings addressing priorities for Central Iowa including: Ag Biotechnology and Bio-Based Renewable Projects, Conservation and Flood Mitigation, Education, Long-Term Transportation Funding, Trade, Immigration, Quality of Life and Critical Healthcare Hospitals. The DMDC 2016 public policy agenda and a trip itinerary may be found by visiting

"The DMDC Trip allows us to continue to cultivate strong relationships with federal policymakers and present a real-world perspective from Greater Des Moines with one unified voice," said the Partnership's 2016 Chair Jim Brannen, CEO of FBL Financial Group, Inc. "This is an opportunity to connect with Congress and the Administration on issues and projects impacting our region, and it is an unparalleled chance for participants to connect with each other in meaningful ways."

Sponsors of the Partnership's DC Trip include Shazam, Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino, Principal Financial Group, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, Innovate Iowa, The Weitz Company, Des Moines Area Community College, Delta Dental of Iowa, Nyemaster Goode PC, UnityPoint Health -- Des Moines, the Des Moines International Airport, Davis Brown Law Firm, Wells Fargo, Midwest Housing Equity Group, the Palmer Group, Des Moines University, Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and BrownWinick Law Firm.

Media inquiries or requests for interviews should be directed to Sophia S. Ahmad at (515) 286-4919 or Follow @DesMoinesMetro on Twitter and #DMDC2016 for updates on the trip.

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership
The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization serving Central Iowa for more than 125 years. Together with 21 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and 5,700 business members, The Partnership drives economic growth and careers through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration. We foster an environment where residents are empowered to live their passions and shape our community, making Greater Des Moines the best place in the world to build a business and life. For more information, visit

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