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Chambers address workforce development and education reform

Posted July 31, 2013 in Des Moines West, Downtown, Community Web Exclusives

Des Moines, Iowa – The Des Moines West Side and Des Moines Downtown Chambers of Commerce are hosting their second panel discussion in a three-part series focused on the issues most relevant to their chamber members this year. The Education Reform and Workforce Development panel discussion will take place this Friday, August 2, 3:30pm-5:00pm and located at the Hotel Fort Des Moines, 1000 Walnut Street, Des Moines.

Panelists for Education Reform and Workforce Development include Mary Bontrager, Executive Vice President of Workforce Development and Education at the Greater Des Moines Partnership; Rob Denson, President at Des Moines Area Community College, Thomas Ahart, Superintendent at Des Moines Public Schools; Elisabeth Buck, Central Iowa Chief Community Impact Officer at United Way; and Dr. Ryan Wise, Iowa Department of Education. Also expected to attend are area legislators, including Representative Marti Anderson.

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 encouraged to attend to learn more about the topic, and to share their thoughts and questions with the panelists.

Earlier this month, Property Tax Reform and the Iowa Reinvestment Act were addressed with panelists Rick Clark, Des Moines City Manager, Senator Matt McCoy, and Representative Chris Hagenow. The third and final panel discussion in the series will occur on September 6th and will focus on Healthcare.

About the Des Moines West Side Chamber:
The Des Moines West Side Chamber was established in 2008 and currently serves nearly 100 business members located in and around the Ingersoll Avenue, Grand Avenue, Drake, Merle Hay, and Beaverdale neighborhoods. More information can be found at

About the Des Moines Downtown Chamber:
The mission of the Des Moines Downtown Chamber is to make Connections that Count.
By increasing downtown business to business interaction the Downtown Chamber connects you to the people and resources that will make you successful. The Downtown Chamber was established in 2008 and currently serves over 150 business members in the downtown and surrounding metro area. More information can be found at

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