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Grimes Chamber & Economic Development Participates in GDMP Day on the Hill

Posted February 19, 2014 in Community Web Exclusives, Grimes

Grimes Brian Buethe, Executive Director of Grimes Chamber & Economic Development recently joined the Greater Des Moines Partnership and other local Chamber and business leaders to advocate on behalf of the region at the Iowa State Capitol during the Partnership’s annual “Day on the Hill” event on Thursday, February 13, 2014. More than 50 business and community leaders, including many representatives from Chambers throughout Central Iowa, participated in the event designed to provide an opportunity to work with the Iowa General Assembly and the Administration to accomplish mutually beneficial legislative goals and objectives for the economic betterment of Iowa. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear remarks from Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, State Auditor Mary Mosiman, and State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald.

Group PhotoDuring the Partnership’s “Day on the Hill”, Buethe met with area Senators and Representatives to discuss legislative issues.

“We know that creating an environment where businesses of all sizes can flourish is of the utmost priority,” said Buethe. “It is imperative that we work with our representatives to ensure that legislation will help to create jobs, encourage business expansion, and foster economic growth for Grimes.”

The Partnership believes that state government should set the stage for business competitiveness, entrepreneurship, and employment-generating investment by the private sector to promote economic growth. Accordingly, the Partnership works with local Chambers to support statewide economic development policies that enhance innovation, infrastructure, human capital, and quality of place.

Grimes Chamber & Economic Development is a membership organization focused on the retention and expansion of the Grimes business community along with the sponsorship of activities to benefit our members and residents.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization serving Central Iowa. Together with 21 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and 5,000 business members which employ a workforce of more than 150,000, the Partnership works to grow opportunity, create jobs, and promote the best place to build a business, a career and a future.

Partnership Day on the Hill

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The Partnership’s 2014 Featured Legislative Priorities include:

  • Enhanced state investment in key research and development projects within 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 a significantly reduced state income tax rate.
  • Implementing and continuously improving the Iowa Core Curriculum to establish state-level 21st Century learning standards and comprehensive student achievement assessments aligned to globally competitive critical learning skills.
  • Programs that will encourage more students to enter STEM related fields and for businesses to provide additional internships to these students.
  • Increased funding to further develop and maintain our transportation infrastructure.
  • Efforts to revitalize and improve the State Historical Building of Iowa and the addition of a Capitol Visitors Center.
  • The creation of a public/private partnership to develop a “one stop shop” to assist veterans with their employment and education needs as well as integration into the community.

For more information on Grimes Chamber & Economic Development, visit www.grimesiowa.com.  For more information on the Greater Des Moines Partnership and its 2014 Legislative Agenda, please visit http://www.desmoinesmetro.com/en/public_policy/policy_agendas/.

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