Advocacy & Policy
Here at the Urbandale Chamber, we believe businesses of all size have a voice, and we want to help those voices be heard. Therefore, we have compiled an Advocacy Toolkit filled with resources, references, and refreshers to help our members make the change they wish to see.
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Public Policy Resources for Members
The Partnership’s Public Policy team engages with local, state and federal officials to create public policy that generates economic growth, business prosperity and talent development in Greater Des Moines (DSM). The Partnership provides opportunities for its Members to connect, build relationships and continue dialogue with their elected officials. At the start of each legislative session, The Partnership hosts a Legislative Reception and Day on the Hill. Each year The Partnership leads a delegation of nearly 200 business, civic, community and local elected leaders to Washington, D.C., dubbed DMDC, to advocate with one voice — one of the largest Chamber of Commerce fly-ins in the nation.
What can Urbandale Chamber Members take advantage of?
• Access to the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Policy Team Andrea Woodard, Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy (awoodard@DSMpartnership.com) and Ryan Moon, Public Policy Manager (rmoon@DSMpartnership.com) to voice issues, ask questions and take advantage of other public policy resources.
• Opportunity to attend The Partnership and Affiliate Chambers hosted Legislative Reception to welcome State Legislators back to the capital.
• Opportunity to attend The Partnership’s Day on the Hill with other business and community leaders during the Iowa State Legislative Session and advocate priority issues to State Legislators.
• Opportunity to join the delegation of nearly 200 business, civic, community and local elected leaders to Washington, D.C. to advocate to Iowa’s federal delegation with one voice – one of the largest Chamber of Commerce fly-ins in the nation. This annual three-day hallmark trip takes place in the spring.
• Opportunity to attend all Public Policy and advocacy events at Member cost or no cost, including the Partnership 101 Reception, candidate forums and issue forums. • Opportunity to join The Partnership’s Government Policy Council (GPC), made up of Partnership Investor and Affiliate Chamber Member organizations, with the goal of shaping The Partnership’s state and federal policy agendas.
• Sign up for the weekly Government Policy Council e-newsletter: DSMpartnership.com/newsletters.
• Access to the Policy Team as facilitators of candidate forums and legislative forums, speakers for policy updates to Members and a resource for tools to engage in public policy.
Check out more info: DSMpartnership.com/publicpolicy.
State Policy Agenda
The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce is an Affiliate of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and participates in policy discussions. The Partnership’s Government Policy Council develops priorities every year and works to gain support for those priorities from our state legislators and Governor. Throughout the session, the GPC hosts monthly briefings at the Statehouse to keep members up-to-date on the progress of our legislative priorities.
Federal Policy Agenda
Nearly 200 of the region’s business, civic and regional community leaders travel to Washington, D.C. each May to present The Partnership’s Federal Policy Agenda and promote regional priorities and economic development plans to Iowa’s Congressional delegation, the Administration and their staffs. While in the nation’s capital, participants advocate for key issues in Des Moines.
- Business Climate
- Economic Development
- Financial Security
- Flood Mitigation and Water Trails
- Health Care
- Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
- Intellectual Property
- International Trade
- Quality of Life
- Talent Development
For additional information on policy positions for the US Chamber of Commerce, click https://www.uschamber.com