• 2015-2019 Strategic Plan Citizen Participation Forum

    The public is invited to a forum to discuss the City's 5-Year Strategic Plan

    July 22 5:30 to 7:00 PM

    Central Library

    1000 Grand Avenue

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  • Re-Discover the Coolest Place in Town: Your Library!

    Check out these summer reading events at the Des Moines Public Library

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    Des Moines Public Library Summer Reading Programs

  • Rain Barrel Give-Away

    The City of Des Moines is giving residents a chance at winning a Rain Barrel! All you have to do is complete the short online survey to enter for your chance to win. There will be 3 lucky winners announced the week of August 11th. Good luck and thanks for participating. The deadline to complete the survey is August 10th.

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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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  • One of the Best Cities for Jobs

    Des Moines ranks #2 on Forbes 2012 list of Best Cities for Jobs.

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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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