Economic Development Partners

The Economic Development Department works collaboratively with various organizations to assist the business and development community.  Below is a list that includes our partners and a brief summary of how we work together.  
 Organization    How We Partner
Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
     urbandale logo edit 2 We work with the Chamber to promote the local business community.  We share a goal to retain, expand, and build the Urbandale business network.  We partner on various events and initiatives to market Urbandale and build local resources to support existing and prospective businesses. 
Greater Des Moines Partnership
The Greater Des Moines Partnership markets the Des Moines region nationally and globally as a great place to build a business, career and life.  We work with the Partnership to locate new industry in Urbandale.  Additionally, we collaborate with the Partnership to assist Urbandale companies with their plans for expansion and efforts to secure State incentives from the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  
Iowa Economic Development Authority
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The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) facilitates economic development growth statewide.  We work with staff at IEDA to assist Urbandale companies to secure state financial incentives.  Additionally, we refer Urbandale companies to resources available at IEDA such as expertise in the International Trade Office, financial assistance for trade shows, and support for headquarter visits.  
Des Moines Area Community College

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) administers several State-funded programs that assist Iowa companies with workforce training needs.  We work closely with the DMACC Business Resources team to ensure Urbandale companies can access these programs and the other resources that the College has for supporting business and workforce development in its service area.    
MidAmerican Energy
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MidAmerican Energy provides electricity and natural gas to Urbandale residents and businesses.  We partner with MidAmerican Energy to ensure existing businesses and sites for future development have access to utility services.  Additionally, MidAmerican Energy provides support for Urbandale economic development initiatives through their Local Partners program. 
Cultivation Corridor  Rooted-in-Cultivation-Corridor-Logo edit The Cultivation Corridor works to promote Central Iowa as a global leader in agbioscience, biorenewables, biotech and advanced manufacturing. Numerous Urbandale companies contribute to the success of the Cultivation Corridor and continue to expand familiarity with and support for the Corridor worldwide.
Square One DSM    SquareOneDSM-2c edit 2                       Square One DSM is a business accelerator for Central Iowa entrepreneurs that provides expertise in idea development, business model development, strategy and market validation and financial and business planning. The City partners with Square One DSM to connect local entrepreneurs with these resources to assist in the growth of their business.
Iowa Small Business Development Center  Iowa-color with band edit The City of Urbandale and Chamber of Commerce have partnered with the Iowa Small Business Development Center to assist local business owners and entrepreneurs. SBDC staff are in Urbandale the second Wednesday of every month to meet one on one and offer processional advice. Services offered by the SBDC include assistance with business plans, marketing, cash flow, plans for expansion, succession planning and more.
 Des Moines Social Club  DMSC-Logo-Tag

The Des Moines Social Club (DMSC) is an arts and entertainment venue located in the renovated, historic art deco Firehouse in downtown Des Moines. The non-profit organization provides a home for Central Iowa artists and offers programming spanning all arts disciplines, and brings people of every age and background together under one roof — all for the purpose to use the arts as a catalyst to create community engagement.  In July 2014, the City formalized a partnership with the DMSC to work together to enhance quality of life through active collaboration and mutual support of the arts and cultural events. The partnership leverages the unique assets of the Urbandale community and DMSC.