4:00pm Guests will enjoy an informal networking and introduction session.(Guests may wish to use this time to see where favored panelists will be stationed.)
4:30pm In groups of 5-8 guests will have the opportunity to participate in focused discussions with five of our panelists.
5:45pm We'll end our evening with closing comments and informal follow-up and networking.
Guests joined the Taxpayers Association fo Central Iowa for Ideas In Action: Des Moines 101, a unique event, and were able to connect with the men and women who are driving the direction of our city's growth. Guests learned from the architects of Des Moines' future and gained a greater understanding of how our city's development impacts & benefits the community, how both emerging and established resources are funded, and how their development effects us all as members of the community!
Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa presented 7 community leaders, each hosting a table of guests for five sessions of networking & discussion of his/her community focus. Scroll down for presenter bios
Pete joined the Des Moines Social Club as Executive Director in 2015. He leads the DMSC team with specific responsibilities around org strategy, team building, fundraising, community partnerships, and finances. Pete is committed to making his conscience public and building community, and has, "a very good and sound understanding of strategic planning." *Business Record 2.5.16
Meg is the Senior Vice President, Regional Business Development for the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the regional economic and community development organization serving more than 5,300 businesses across Central Iowa. Meg works on community wellness, walkability, and has helped to launch the Urban Land Institute’s Iowa District Council.
Jake formed Christensen Development in 2003 as an urban infill and historic renovation development company based in Des Moines, Iowa. The focus of the company has been to create spaces within infill projects, mixed use redevelopments, historic renovation projects in downtown Des Moines and Omaha. The company has completed numerous historic renovations and other builds to the benefit of Des Moines and the East Village.
Rick Tollakson is Hubbell Real Estate’s President & CEO. As chairman of the Water Trails and Green Ways Steering Committee of the Des Moines Area MPO, he is uniquely qualified to speak to the Water Trails Plan objective of creating a collaborative regional plan for water trails and adjoining greenways in the Des Moines metro area.
Scott Carlson is Managing Partner at Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Co. and Owner of Americana Restaurant Lounge, Gilroy's Kitchen+Pub+Patio, and The Craft Beer Tent. Former board member (9 yrs) of the Downtown Community Alliance and owner of several thriving community businesses, he will share a unique perspective on Des Moines nightlife.
Often seen on Channel 13's Catch Des Moines, Greg Edwards is the President & CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau. Edwards has led the destination marketing efforts for Des Moines for more than a decade. Don't miss a unique opportunity to learn more about Des Moines' travel industry from the city's premiere expert.