Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg announced Des Moines as the state’s 66th Home Base Iowa Community at their weekly press conference Tuesday.
“It’s been an honor to be a part of this program from day one,” Gov. Reynolds said. “I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish. Becoming a Home Base Iowa Community is no easy task. Des Moines has put in a tremendous amount of work to receive this designation. I want to thank city leaders and the business community for supporting this program and ensuring all veterans know Iowa is the most veteran friendly state in the nation.”
“This program is all about people helping people, and I’m thankful to live in a state where that’s what we do,” Lt. Gov. Gregg said. “The support from Iowa businesses, communities and educational institutions is inspiring and sends a clear message to veterans: we appreciate your service and your sacrifice.”
Home Base Iowa is a one-of-a-kind program that assists veterans transitioning from military to civilian life. The program connects veterans with close to 1,600 businesses, 21 college and university partners and 65 other Home Base Iowa communities statewide.
Home Base Iowa designates qualified communities as centers of opportunity for veterans based on four criteria:
- 10% of businesses become Home Base Iowa businesses and pledge to hire veterans,
- Custom incentive package for veterans,
- Home Base Iowa Community designation prominently displayed and
- Resolution of support from appropriate local governing body.
Des Moines has met or exceeded these requirements.