Capital Crossroads Wins National Award for Regional Stewardship

Jul. 25, 2013 null

The Alliance for Regional Stewardship (ARS), an affiliate organization of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), awarded the Greater Des Moines Partnership its 2013 Organizational Champion Award for the Partnership's work on behalf of "Capital Crossroads: A Vision for Greater Des Moines and Central Iowa." The ARS recognizes one organization/region each year committed to building a strong and vibrant community based on the four principles of regional stewardship: an innovative economy, livable communities, social inclusion, and a collaborative style of governance. The Greater Des Moines Partnership accepted the ARS Organizational Champion Award on behalf of its plan partners: Bravo Greater Des Moines, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Des Moines Area MPO, Iowa State University, Prairie Meadows, and United Way of Central Iowa. The award was presented to Partnership CEO and Capital Crossroads Tri-Chair, Jay Byers, at ACCE's annual convention which began Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

"No community can afford to rest on its laurels," said Gene Meyer, President of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Capital Crossroads vision plan facilitator in the application for the award. "Today's economy demands that local leaders do more than ever before to remain competitive for the highest-value employment and the most skilled talent the country has to offer. I'm privileged to live and work alongside regional partners who accept these challenges, and have worked tirelessly on the Capital Crossroads goals to remain viable in the changing competitive national and global landscape."

Capital Crossroads: A Vision for Greater Des Moines and Central Iowa brings a committed group of leaders together with an infusion of ideas and energy to ensure the Central Iowa region is growing and prospering for current and future generations. Greater Des Moines' leaders drafted an aggressive five-year strategic plan to address the economic and social realities facing their community in the 21st Century.