• Summer Music Camps

    Attention middle-school students: have a musical summer when you sign up for a summer music camp! Choose between pop/rock and hip-hop and get a chance to perform at the Simon Estes Amphitheater!

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  • 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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  • 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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Community Development


Community Development’s Administration division oversees the general operation of all the Divisions in the Department. Primary duties include budgeting, personnel assistance and general support of the Divisions in carrying out the Department's mission and responsibilities.


Community Development Mission


Our mission is to partner with the community to provide outstanding services and leadership in planning, promoting, developing, and maintaining Des Moines social, physical, and business environments


Community Development Organizational Chart-2014