Developing a bioscience corridor between Des Moines and Ames, getting more money for transportation infrastructure, improving education, tax reform and helping veterans are among the key priorities the Greater Des Moines Partnership will lobby for with the Iowa Legislature next year.

At a luncheon at the Renaissance Savery Hotel today, Partnership leaders and lawmakers applauded last year's productive session as the Partnership laid out its agenda for 2014.

The Partnership's agenda included seven key priorities:

  • Investment in the Ames/Des Moines bioscience corridor, including high priority projects at Iowa State University.
  • Giving businesses and individuals the option of either retaining the ability to deduct federal income taxes, or choosing to forego federal deductibility in exchange for reduced state income taxes.
  • Improving the Iowa Core Curriculum to help students develop globally competitive critical learning skills.
  • Programs that encourage more students to enter science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related fields and to provide additional internships to those students.
  • Increasing funding to maintain transportation infrastructure.
  • Revitalizing the State Historical Building of Iowa and adding a Capital Visitors Center.
  • Creating a one-stop shop to assist veterans seeking employment and education.
Read the full agenda online.