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K.E.Y. in Des Moines moves operations to the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce


URBANDALE, IA –Keeping Educated Youth (K.E.Y.) in Des Moines has existed for more than 15 years in Des Moines under volunteer management, however in 2017, the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce was selected to take over management of the organization. Key in Des Moines Chair, Lori Gelhaar said “The organization connects area colleges and employers in order to find employment for graduates and to provide HR educational opportunities for employers.  It was a natural fit for KEY to join forces with the Urbandale Chamber because of the organization’s mission and vision,” said Gelhaar.  “We were thrilled to be approached to partner with KEY in Des Moines,” said Tiffany Menke, President of the Urbandale Chamber.  Our members need employees and our member colleges and universities want to connect their graduates to jobs in their desired field.  It is a natural fit for us to connect employers with college graduates, colleges and universities,” said Menke.

Bobbi Sullivan, Career Development and Civic Engagement Director for Simpson College says, “Career development staff at Simpson College enjoy being part of the K.E.Y in Des Moines group. We’ve built great relationships with our college peers as well as our human resources partners in the metro. Our students benefit as we receive professional development which helps us to best deliver our services and keep up with market trends.”

Every other month from Fall through Spring, various colleges and universities across the Greater Des Moines area will host educational sessions for employers on HR topics. These sessions are free to attend and open to all businesses. Any business interested in being added to the invitation list should contact the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce at 515-331-6855.

Grand View is grateful for the professional development and partnership opportunities afforded through K.E.Y. in Des Moines, said Susie Stearns, Director of the Grand View Career Center. “Being a member of K.E.Y. ensures that vital connection between higher education institutions and the greater Des Moines MSA employers. This collaboration continues to advance our shared goals of retaining Iowa’s emerging talent in this region, said Stearns.

The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based business organization with a mission to serve, protect and promote members. With more than 750 business members, the Chamber believes businesses of all size have a voice.  Serving and elevating members and the community drives the organization. Find out more about the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce through or

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