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  • 2018 Pet Licenses

    2018 Animal Licenses & Dog Park permits are now on sale. All dogs & cats 6 months old and older need to have a pet license. Dog park permits allow entry into all 3 of the City's dog parks.

    Questions? Please contact the City Clerk 283-4209.


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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”

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Consolidated Plan