Greater Des Moines is one of eight communities selected by the Global Talent Bridge program to receive customized technical assistance on immigration programs. Others selected were Anchorage; Boston; Lincoln, Neb.; Pittsburgh, Portland, Maine; San Diego; and Austin, with other places in Texas. The program is run by the World Education Services, a national organization that helps immigrants use their talents and education in the United States. The Greater Des Moines Partnership will work with Goodwill of Central Iowa, Lutheran Services in Iowa, Iowa Works and Iowa Employment Solutions at Des Moines Area Community College on the program’s goals. “Our acceptance into this program further establishes [Greater Des Moines] as a leader in attracting and retaining diverse global talent,” said Mary Bontrager, executive vice president of talent development at the Partnership. “We have earned a reputation as a welcoming region as our foreign-born population has grown at a faster rate than the rest of the country in recent years.” The program provides 24 hours of hands-on coaching, advising, and technical assistance and four interactive web-based training sessions.