Small shift. $1 billion impact.

There are many things Central Iowans are famous for—corn dogs, golden domes and bacon festivals for example. But did you know that you can find world-class expertise in manufacturing, legal services, advertising and more—right in your own backyard?

Each year businesses and local governments in Greater Des Moines spend more than $13.4 billion with out-of-area suppliers. Shifting just 5% of your business’ spending to local vendors could generate an economic impact of more than $1billion for Greater Des Moines.

That’s why The Greater Des Moines Partnership created Look Local First—an initiative to promote local expertise, products and services.When we Look Local First we create jobs, improve roadways, bolster schools, develop parks, grow businesses and make greater Des Moines even greater.

Tools & Resources

It’s easy to shift just 5% of your out-of-area spending to have a $1 billion impact on Greater Des Moines. Here are a few helpful tools to get you started:

Shifting Success Stories: Find out how other companies are shifting 5%. Then, send us your story!

Post the Look Local First Sign: Download the artwork and post it in your business to remind employees and customers of the impact of doing business locally.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Shifting just 5% of your spending could add more than $672 million a year to the local economy—and cause a potential ripple effect with an economic impact of more than $1 billion.

Want to know more? Here are some common questions asked about Look Local First.

Contact Us

Pledge to shift just 5% of your current out-of-area purchases into the local economy and we’ll feature you on LookLocalDSM.com as a Look Local First pledge company. It’s as easy as devouring one of those corn dogs we’re so famous for.

Download and print the pledge.

Mail the pledge to:
Look Local First
601 Locust St. Suite 700
Des Moines, IA 50309
515-286-4950

Look Local First is sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

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