Spotlight on Holmes Murphy

Leaving good footprints in the community

Spotlight on Holmes Murphy

A beaming “Spotlight” this month on Holmes Murphy, a company dedicated to “laying the foundation for a lasting partnership” and certainly proven so by their involvement to give back to the communities they serve.  “Leaving good footprints” is an aspiration and motto for the 84-year-old business.  For the Polk County Housing Trust Fund, this means giving both monetarily and by volunteer involvement.  Says CEO Dan Keough, “through our support of the Trust Fund, we’re hoping (and proud) to help offer a brighter future for those we touch.” Having affordable housing is part of the environment of opportunity and Holmes Murphy understands this.

Last year, the company started an initiative to create the industry’s best training and development program for college graduates, called “The Brainery.”  It specifically targets young, new talent. “To be able to attract these individuals, we need to also be able to offer them a living environment that is affordable. Solid housing opportunities are an important aspect, and we appreciate the PCHTF’s efforts to create that environment,” Dan says.  Communities that offer more affordable housing options are stronger economically.  

Certainly for the quality of life that the central Iowa region is receiving so many accolades and awards for, Holmes Murphy recognizes that attracting talent to Des Moines and making it a best-in-class community includes having access to safe, stable housing so critical to the positive impact of education, health and economic vitality.  Delivering peace of mind is a guiding principle at Holmes Murphy and one the Polk County Housing Trust Fund values.  It is true there is nothing like home.