To usher in the second decade of Strategic Relocation Solutions, we’re “reinventing” ourselves…new logo, new website, and (a first for me) a blog! My first blog post seems an opportune way to provide some history on this company that grew out of personal experience and a passion to connect people.
My family moved every year until I was in middle school. My nomadic life gave me an appreciation of the challenges families often face when relocating. Always being the new kid in school made it difficult to make – and keep – friends. For my very shy mother, the difficulty of making social connections and navigating each new place with an ever-growing brood of children was often completely overwhelming.
Fast forward several decades. After building a successful career on the East Coast, I found myself relocating from Connecticut to Des Moines in the fall of 2000 after my husband accepted a terrific professional opportunity. When I arrived, I knew no one. My husband was busy with his work. I had to figure out the community on my own.
I applied all of my experience in marketing and research to an “anthropological approach” to our new hometown–reading the local newspapers online, researching events and attractions, and so on. I quickly began to build a network of personal and professional contacts, thereby fostering a broad and deep connection to the community in a few months.
The key to this kind of rich and successful transition is networking, which facilitates the kinds of relationships that make a new place feel like home. I discovered that I’m a natural “connector”, quickly building a reputation for making meaningful introductions and for being a community resource to newcomers. It took a couple of years before I had an “Aha moment”, realizing that there was an unfilled but critical niche in the Greater Des Moines business community – helping companies be more successful in both recruiting and retaining key people and, just as important, easing the transition of the families of those recruits so they embraced their new communities. [LONG SENTENCE, BUT OK.]
At Strategic Relocation Solutions we are not realtors, we’re not recruiters and we’re not the Welcome Wagon! We are community engagement specialists. I’m proud to say that we’ve become the “go-to” resource for businesses who are truly committed to their strategic recruitment and retention objectives. I deeply value those partnerships and look forward to continuing to nurture them.
So, here we are…well into our 11th year of enhancing the recruitment and retention efforts of Des Moines area businesses and helping families make Central Iowa their home. Our tag line says it all: Relationships. Roots. Retention.
You want to recruit and retain the best employees? We are here to help.
708 36th Street,
West Des Moines, IA 50265