Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic development entity serving Central Iowa. Supported by over 180 public and private investors, the Partnership now serves six counties (Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marshall, Polk, and Warren) through economic development, workforce attraction and retention, downtown development, and regional business development.


When established in 1999, the Greater Des Moines Partnership introduced a new concept in effective economic development. An umbrella organization was created by merging metro area economic development activity and investment with the goals of greater efficiency and accountability. The Partnership was one of the first organizations in the country to adopt this type of structure. Local leadership believed one organization could provide greater results with one voice, one focus and one mission.  As the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Federation, Downtown Development Corporation and Choose Des Moines Communities merged, the Greater Des Moines Partnership was created.


Today, with 24 regional Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and more than 4,300 business members, the Partnership is devoted to making Greater Des Moines a better place to build a business, a career, and a future.  This collaboration offers businesses all the business to business connection their local Chamber provides, as well as the regional access and exposure the Partnership provides. This “two for one” value helps businesses grow, helps Chambers grow and helps the Partnership grow. Programs of interest to start-ups include education, professional development, grassroots networking opportunities, location assistance, advocacy, comprehensive demographic and business climate information, assistance with state and local incentives, jobs and resume database, grassroots marketing opportunities.  Find them at


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