2014 DC Trip Recap
Central Iowa business and community leaders traveled to the nation’s capital in May to promote the Partnership’s 2014 federal agenda and regional priorities to Congressional and Administrative leaders. Nearly 200 people participated in the 35th annual trip, which was highlighted by a surprise visit from Vice President Joe Biden, a star-studded media panel discussion of Iowa’s “first in the nation” caucuses, and a ceremony commemorating the public service of Senator Tom Harkin and Congressman Tom Latham, who are both retiring this year.
Local leaders heard an often repeated theme of bi-partisanship and collaboration from Iowa’s Congressional delegation as well as from guest speakers Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). Policy discussions during the three day trip addressed Agriculture/Trade, Education, Health Care, and Transportation, with workshops that focused on the Farm Bill, Housing, and Immigration.
The Partnership thanks presenting sponsors for DM/DC 2014: Prairie Meadows and Innovate Iowa; as well as program sponsors: Davis Brown Law Firm, Delta Dental of Iowa, Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines Area MPO, Des Moines Area Regional Transit, Diligent Development, DuPont Pioneer, Google, the Human Capital, JE Dunn Construction, Live Healthy America, Midwest Housing Equity Group, Nyemaster Goode, P.C., The Principal Financial Group, and The Weitz Company.
2013 DC Trip Recap
About 190 of Central Iowa’s business, civic and regional community leader 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 34th annual advocacy trip to Washington, D.C., May 8-10, 2013. 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 Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and a brunch featuring Secretary Arne Duncan from the U.S. Department of Education. There was also a dinner hosted by the Greater Des Moines Partnership Regional Affiliates at Clydes. Workshops focused on education, housing, health and wellness, immigration, and arts and culture.
2012 DC Trip Recap
Approximately 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.