GREATER DES MOINES TOPS THE NATION AGAIN!*

EXPANSION MANAGEMENT 'S 2004 \'MAYOR'S CHALLENGE\'BEST PLACE FOR BUSINESS EXPANSIONGREATER DES MOINES - Expansion Management magazine's annual \'Mayor's Challenge\' award identifying leading communities for business expansion has once again ranked the Des Moines metro as first in the nation. Des Moines topped the charts over Kansas City, Seattle and Austin in the ranking of 331 total metropolitan statistical areas across the country.Over the past year, Expansion Management evaluated and compared hundreds of metros across the nation according to a variety of categories that corporate site selectors need to consider when choosing the best location for business expansions. The general areas of importance include Public Education, College-Educated Workforce, Health Care Costs and Availability, Quality of Life, Logistics Infrastructure and Government Taxes and Spending.\'Quality of life is currently one of the most valuable elements of economic development, and when it comes to Greater Des Moines, that's what sells us,\' said Martha Willits, President & CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the area's premier economic and community development organization. \'Our community offers what business leaders are attracted to - a talented, educated and plentiful workforce a low cost of doing business and a metropolitan environment where people can find balance and simplify the different aspects of their lives,\' added Willits. \'Greater Des Moines is emerging as a key player in the attraction and expansion of local and national businesses. The recent announcements from Wells Fargo, Gcommerce and Firestone Agricultural Tire prove that we are succeeding at growing the Greater Des Moines community and our regional economy.\' To view the article and the top 50 rankings, please visit the Partnership's website at www.desmoinesmetro.com/newsroom.html. Questions may be directed to Tricia Garton, Marketing and Media Director, at (515) 286-4947 or tgarton@desmoinesmetro.com or Susan Ramsey, spokesperson for the Greater Des Moines Partnership, at (515) 286-4954 or sramsey@desmoinesmetro.com.*Reprinted with permission from the Greater Des Moines Partnership


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