The Greater Des Moines Partnership is helping businesses get ready for the next steps of the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, launching a series of industry-specific playbooks.

The playbooks include recommendations, such as leveraging federal, state and local resources and following public health recommendations, to help business and industry find a path as the economy continues to reopen. 

The first five of the industry-specific playbooks have been published and focus on: child care, gyms, personal services, restaurants and retail. Playbooks also include takeaways specific to professional functions, regardless of industry, but do not provide specific timelines, according to a news release from the Partnership.

Future playbooks will focus on agriculture, construction and development, education, events, arts and culture, manufacturing, health care, and hotels.

“The Partnership continues to focus on keeping businesses in business, keeping people working and keeping our community healthy,” Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, said in a news release. “While timing for the stages of recovery will be dictated by public health guidelines and metrics, we must plan for the next phase and future of DSM. Our goal is to provide DSM industry leaders with information so they can determine what works best for them as they set their plans to move forward in a smart, safe and collaborative way.”

Polk County Supervisor Angela Connolly, a tri-chair of Capital Crossroads, lauded the cooperative effort behind the playbooks, saying, “We work together as public and private sector partners to protect the health, safety and vitality of our region.

“We are collaboratively responding to this situation to help ensure a collective strength as we work toward recovery,” she said. 

According to the news release, the playbooks are data-based with input from experts, and will be updated regularly as the coronavirus response continues to evolve.

The playbooks have been guided by input from the DSM Forward Task Force, composed of Partnership board members, leadership of Capital Crossroads and other industry leaders.

According to the release, the Partnership worked with Bâton Global to guide the process, which included feedback from business, industry and community leaders and the community at large. 

The Polk County Board of Supervisors, Polk County Emergency Management, Polk County Health, and the state of Iowa were all involved in developing the playbooks.

“These playbooks will serve as important resources and tools as workplaces look toward the future and prepare for recovery,” Matt McCoy, chair of the Polk County Board of Supervisors, said in the release.

David Stark, president and CEO of UnityPoint Health-Des Moines, and Bob Ritz, CEO of MercyOne, commended the local officials’ quick response to the pandemic and their efforts to help local business and industry move forward as the recovery continues.

“It will take that same level of collaboration, through public/private partnerships, to successfully advance the recovery phase, and we are grateful that the DSM Forward playbooks will keep employers and leaders across Greater Des Moines on the same page as we cautiously navigate this together,” Ritz said.