Washington D.C. TripWatch this video documenting the DC Trip during the first 30 years and all that it has brought to our Metro.
Thank you to all our sponsors and participants for a successful DM/DC 2013! Full recap coming soon. The dates for the 2014 DC Trip are May 7-9, 2014.
2012 DC Trip Recap
Approxmately 190 Central Iowa business, civic, and community leaders traveled to our nation’s capital and presented a public policy agenda to promote regional policy priorities and economic development projects during the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s 33rd annual advocacy trip to Washington, D.C., May 9-11, 2012. Throughout the three-day trip, participants had an opportunity to advocate for key issues facing the Central Iowa region. Participants met with members of Iowa’s Congressional delegation, the Administration, and their staffs. The Partnership hosted two Congressional Leadership Luncheons featuring Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), and a brunch featuring Secretary Tom Vilsack from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. There was also a dinner hosted by the Greater Des Moines Partnership Regional Affiliates at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Workshops focused on education, international trade, biosciences, healthcare and wellness, immigration, energy, and arts and culture. Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino and Innovate Iowa were the presenting sponsors for DM/DC 2012. Other sponsors included BRAVO Greater Des Moines, Davis Brown Law Firm, Delta Dental of Iowa, Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines International Airport, Des Moines Area Regional Transit, Dorsey & Whitney Law Firm, JE Dunn Construction, MidAmerican Energy, Nyemaster Goode Law Firm, Partnership for Better Health, Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont Business, The Principal Financial Group, Sammons Financial Group, Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
2011 DC Trip Recap
Attendees witnessed an extensive lineup of guest speakers that addressed the group throughout the three-day trip. The activities kicked off Wednesday, May 11, with a Congressional leadership lunch featuringU.S. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD). All seven members of the Iowa Congressional delegation—Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-3rd District), Rep. Tom Latham (R-4th District), Congressman Steve King (R-5th District), Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-2nd District), and Rep. Bruce Braley (D-1st District)—addressed the group at the Thursday breakfast. U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) addressed the group during the Congressional leadership lunch on Thursday, May 12. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Tom Vilsack during the Iowa Congressional Reception at Union Station. The Friday morning Congressional Staff Briefing and brunch featured a media panel discussion and analysis on the upcoming elections, the Iowa Caucuses, and items of political interest with Judy Woodruff of PBS’s “NewsHour”; Jeff Zeleny from the New York Times; Dan Balz with the Washington Post, and Kelly O’Donnell of NBC News. Other participant activities included workshops on healthcare, K-12 education reform, economic development, innovation policy, tax and budget, and arts and culture, along with a number of other small group meetings with key Administration and Congressional staffers. Visits to the Embassies of Brazil, Korea, and India to discuss the expansion of agricultural, commercial, and industrial trade also were conducted.
DM/DC 2009 was featured in the Fall 2009 ACCE Chamber Executive magazine. To view the article click here.