I can remember way back when, a time that seems so long ago, when Downtown Des Moines was a virtual ghost town after 5pm on any given day. The only reason to go downtown was if your employer made you or your team was playing in a state championship at Vets Auditorium. There was nothing to do, no where to live, and definitely no where to get food.
That was before the powers that be decided Des Moines needed a little shake up. They decided it was time to unify the region by bringing the community together. “The Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Federation, Downtown Development Corporation, and Choose Des Moines Communities voted to merge into one regional economic development organization.” The decision to merge into one organization created the Greater Des Moines Partnership, which is the economic and community development organization celebrating its 10th Anniversary this January. The consolidated efforts created one voice for the region and ensured a future of change.
During the past decade , The Partnership has sparked development all across the Tri-county region (Polk, Dallas and Warren Counties). Some of their most well known efforts can be found in newly built buildings and communities like Wells Fargo Arena, the Science Center, the Western Gateway, and the East Village. Their $2 billion investment helped shape businesses and community development all across the region. Their efforts reach as far as Washington D.C., where they annually amass the second largest regional lobbying trip, and across many national publications.
“Greater Des Moines has been ranked among the top ten communities by every major business and economic development magazine, including Forbes, Fortune, Kiplinger, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.”
It is time to celebrate 10 fantastic years of success and efforts by so many people. The work is not yet complete, but taking time out to reflect on the past decade will surely create motivation for the next. I would like to thank The Partnership for making Des Moines NOT Boring.