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Byers named Simpson College’s 25th president

Jay Byers, the president and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, will join Simpson College as its 25th president, the college announced today. He will succeed Marsha Kelliher, who announced in January that she …

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Manchin calls for path for immigrants to fill US jobs

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., discusses immigration reform and debt ceiling talks during the first day of the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s DMDC 2023 trip to Washington, D.C. Photo by the Greater Des Moines Partnership

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Business community says results of ’23 session enhance state’s economic vitality

The business community is celebrating key wins for its agenda during the recent legislative session, issues that leaders say will help make Iowa more competitive.

With the 2023 legislative session now in the books, here’s a look …

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Fairfield Inn, Tru hotel projects proposed in Norwalk

Two hotel projects have been proposed in Norwalk, a community that currently has no overnight lodging facilities.

Construction of the hotels is proposed on property that is north of Norwalk Central, a planned mixed-use development …

Can the Highland Apartments structure in Des Moines be saved?

Tanya Keith, a local historical preservationist, wasn’t optimistic that she would be able to persuade the Des Moines City Council to push the pause button on a request to demolish a century-plus-old building in the …

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Scale DSM accelerator application deadline is May 14

The Scale DSM accelerator program is set to return for its second annual cohort, from June 13 to Dec. 12, aiming to assist minority-owned small businesses across Greater Des Moines to sustain growth. The program …

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Designing Iowa’s downtown forums

Four interactive downtown forums will be held in June for Iowa community members interested in learning more about streetscape improvements, how to pay for them, creating good pedestrian experiences and wayfinding signage. The forums are …

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Preview: 6 things Power Breakfast speakers want business leaders to know about placemaking

A proposed pedestrian walkway at the Des Moines International Airport. Updates to the airport will be one of the projects discussed at the Business Record’s upcoming Power Breakfast. Contributed rendering

Placemaking and big investments in …

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‘515 Day’ is May 15

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is calling on all residents and Greater Des Moines visitors to celebrate local businesses and restaurants on May 15, also known as “515 Day.” This communitywide effort aims to encourage …

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Greater Des Moines Partnership names chief financial and administrative officer

The Greater Des Moines Partnership has announced the appointment of Amanda Briggs as its new chief financial and administrative officer. Briggs, who has over 15 years of experience in finance and accounting, will manage the …

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