Des Moines, Iowa – The Des Moines West Side and Des Moines Downtown Chambers of Commerce are hosting a three-part panel discussion series focused on the issues most relevant to chamber members this year. The first in the series is the topic of Property Tax Reform and the Iowa Reinvestment Act. Sitting on the panel are Des Moines City Manager Rick Clark, Senator Matt McCoy, and Representative Chris Hagenow.
The discussion will take place this Friday, July 12, 3:30pm-5:00pm and located at the Hotel Fort Des Moines, 1000 Walnut Street, Des Moines. The event will be co-moderated by Phil Wise, West Side Chamber Government Relations Chair, and Sid Samuels, Des Moines Downtown Chamber Government Relations Chair. Chamber members are invited to attend and encouraged to share thoughts and questions with the panelists.
“As a business owner in the Downtown community, the impact of property tax reform can not only affect our overhead, but also the growth of downtown. We want to learn and communicate what it means to business owners downtown and on the West Side,” stated Sid Samuels, owner of The Samuels Group and Downtown Chamber Government Relations Chair.
“The chamber is an important and effective vehicle for gathering the concerns of our members and facilitating the opportunity for them to be heard by policy makers. This panel discussion, and the two to follow, will showcase our voice as the Downtown and West Side Chambers, which are integral parts of the central Iowa employer community,” added Phil Wise, owner of Wise Consulting and Government Relations Chair for the Des Moines West Side Chamber.
The series will continue on August 2nd with a panel discussion focused on Workforce Development, and including panelists Mary Bontrager, Executive Vice President of Workforce Development and Education at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Rob Denson, President of the Des Moines
Area Community College, and Des Moines Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Ahart. This fall, the series will conclude with a discussion centered around Healthcare. All panel discussions will be held 3:30-5:00pm at the Hotel Fort Des Moines.