The Heartland business community holds a consensus on issues impacting the economic competitiveness of the region. The Heartland Civic Collaborative implements a shared federal advocacy agenda. The agenda amplifies the region’s collective voice, and drives greater action than any one state or metro could accomplish alone.  Click here to see complete agenda.

The Heartland Civic Collaborative strives to provide a strong presence in national policy debates. Through these actions we ensure legislative and regulatory actions do not negatively impact the region. In addition, we work to collectively and strategically pursue federal funding opportunities for economic development.

This shared federal advocacy agenda leverages the influence of eight U.S. senators and 19 U.S. representatives. With their influence we build momentum and initiate further action.

Top priority areas include:

  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Life Sciences
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education and Workforce Development

Federal Advocacy Organizational Partners

The Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City

The Civic Council of Greater Kansas City

Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Greater Omaha Chamber

Greater Omaha Chamber

St. Louis Regional Chamber

St. Louis Regional Chamber

Federal Advocacy Work Group Members

Dedicated work group members help drive the mission and goals of the Heartland Civic Collaborative. Their efforts lead to the continued success and global competitiveness of the Heartland region. 

  • Sandy Braden (Kansas)
  • David Brown (Omaha)
  • Jay Byers (Des Moines)
  • Leann Chilton (St. Louis)
  • John Nations (St. Louis)
  • Scott Smith (Kansas City)
  • John Sondag (St. Louis)
  • Kristi Wyatt (Kansas City)

Core Initiatives

The Heartland Civic Collaborative serves as the regional voice of the Des Moines, Kansas City, Omaha and St. Louis metros. As one mega-region, we build momentum through targeted civic initiatives and drive strategic, coordinated actions toward common goals. We focus on four main areas that provide mutually beneficial opportunities to the Heartland. These areas leverage our proven successes and deep roots. They include: Transportation, Federal Advocacy, Life Sciences and Entrepreneurship & Human Capital.

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Transportation

Transportation

The transportation industry thrives in the Heartland. The Heartland Civic Collaborative works to harness this competitive edge by developing a multi-modal, integrated transportation vision for the region.

Federal Advocacy

Federal Advocacy

Our shared federal advocacy agenda highlights the collective voice of the Heartland region. Together we drive greater action than any one state or metro could accomplish alone.

Life Sciences

Life Sciences

Through the Heartland Civic Collaborative, participating metros leverage existing regional strengths in human, animal and plant health.

Entrepreneurship & Human Capital

Entrepreneurship & Human Capital

The Heartland Civic Collaborative enhances the movement of ideas in entrepreneurship and human capital. Through the development of sustainable strategies, these areas continue to play an increasingly important role in the success of the Heartland.