• HAPPY HALLOWEEN

    Beggars Night in Des Moines is scheduled for Thursday, October 30th, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

    Residents who wish to participate should turn their porch lights on.

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  • 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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  • Des Moines Named #1 Up and Coming City for Food

    Women’s Health and Yelp teamed up to find the best of the best and Des Moines tops their list of “5 Best Up and Coming Cities for Food” . “Des Moines isn't just a presidential-hopeful pit stop—it's practically a foodie paradise.”

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  • #1 Up-and-Coming Downtown

    Fortune magazine names Des Moines number one "up-and-coming" downtown.

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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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Neighborhood Revitalization Program


The City of Des Moines and the Polk County Board of Supervisors created the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) in 1990 to help stabilize and improve Des Moines' neighborhoods. Stockard & Engler Inc., a nationally-recognized consulting firm, was brought in to evaluate the existing programs and to provide guidance for the creation of the NRP. To coordinate this program, the City's Community Development Department created the Neighborhood Development Division.


Every few years, all recognized neighborhoods are invited to apply for designation status.  Once a neighborhood has a designated NRB status, the residents, City, County, and NFC work together to develop a neighborhood action plan. The neighborhood planning process relies on active resident groups to identify critical neighborhood issues in their area. The staff of the Neighborhood Development Division provides technical assistance and planning coordination. Neighborhood Planning staff work with the neighborhood group to develop appropriate goals and a feasible action plan. Neighborhood action plans provide a list of activities and identify parties responsible for implementation efforts. Success of the neighborhood action plan depends on a continued coordination of efforts between the neighborhood organization, the City, County, NFC and private organizations.


Neighborhood Revitalization Board

Evaluation and Recommendations for the Future of Des Moines Neighborhood Revitalization Program “A New Strategy for a New Time”

More About the Neighborhood Revitalization Program

Consolidated Plan