• PlanDSM

    Public Meetings will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 PM on:

    February 24 - Municipal Service Center

    February 26 - Polk County River Place

    March 3 - Des Moines Public Library Downtown

    March 10 - Polk County River Place


    PlanDSM Website

  • Welcome to the City of Des Moines

    A major center for insurance, financial services and publishing, Des Moines has a lot to offer, such as affordable housing, short commute times, a diverse population, and was also recently named one of the best places to live on the Silicon Prairie.


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  • Des Moines Public Library Annual Report

    Read all about the GREAT CONNECTIONS the Des Moines Public Library has made over the past year - by providing a great collection, outstanding programs, and excellent customer service - to Des Moines residents and beyond.


    DMPL Annual Report

  • Best City for Young Professionals

    City Award - Best City for Young Professionals. Des Moines tops the list for the Best City for Young Professionals. Factors such as local unemployment rates, job growth projections and median salaries of 24 - 34 year old employed college grads.


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  • Spotlight on Des Moines

    Gray's Lake Park features the 1,400 foot-long Kruidenier Trail pedestrian bridge and a 1.9 mile trail around the lake. "...Residents can walk, bike, boat or fish -- right in the very heart of downtown," said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.


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  • Iowa State Capitol

    The Iowa State Capitol is among the most beautiful state capitols in the country with its 275-foot, 23-karat gold leafed dome anchoring the east end of downtown Des Moines.


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  • East Village

    Historic East Village is an eclectic neighborhood of restored historic properties, beautiful streetscapes, and urban living at the foot of the State Capitol.


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  • World Food Prize

    Des Moines is home to the World Food Prize the foremost international award recognizing the achievements in advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.


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City of Des Moines City Source

The Des Moines City Council set a goal to proactively communicate information about services and policies to all citizens. The city administration works to inform citizens and increase their understanding of how to participate in the public processes. Our objective with the City Source: Your Direct Link to City Hall  newsletter is to provide residents with information about government operations and services along with resources where they can get more information, such as our website.

City Source  is a quarterly newsletter for Des Moines residents. It was created by the Public Information Office in the City Manager's Office for the City of Des Moines government. It is a two-color, eight-page publication that is mailed to every household in the city, approximately 83, 000 copies. An electronic version is posted on the city’s website along with links for each story that carry the viewer to city department web pages that contain information related to the story or applications or details about the subject that were not printed in the newsletter.

The City of Des Moines Public Information Office (PIO) is responsible for the newsletter.