Why is it important for West Des Moines to develop and maintain international relationships? Creating a welcoming business climate and leveraging relationships with foreign companies, governments, and educational institutions, for example, lead to strategic opportunities and partnerships that assist in building a vibrant West Des Moines economy. For more information on foreign direct investment opportunities in West Des Moines, click here.

In January 2015, the City of West Des Moines formalized a Sister City relationship with Mateh Asher, Israel. The mission of the West Des Moines Sister Cities Commission is to foster international relationships for mutual benefit in education, cultural understanding, commerce, and economic development.

     Des Moines Register story on West Des Moines - Mateh Asher Sister City Initiation

     Baltimore Jewish Life story - Iowa Economic Mission Meets Jerusalem Biotech Leaders

In September 2017, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds led a trade and investment mission to Israel. Coordinated by the Iowa Economic Development Authority, West Des Moines staff members Jamie Letzring, Deputy City Manager, and Clyde Evans, Director of Community and Economic Development, accompanied Governor Reynolds in efforts to expand trade and investment opportunities for Iowa. Click the link below for detailed information on the Israel Trade & Investment Mission.