• You're Invited!

    City Manager Scott Sanders cordially invites you to attend the formal dedication and open house of the Richard A. Clark Municipal Service Center (1551 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway) on Monday, October 27 from 4 - 6 p.m. There will be a short program and refreshments in the Greenwood Room, followed by the opportunity to tour the new building.

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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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The following forms and documents are often requested/needed for our development process:

 

 

The City of Des Moines annually distributes door hangers to properties that are located within Special Flood Hazard Areas, as delineated on Flood Insurance Rate Maps, in an effort to help residents protect themselves. A copy can be found here. In areas that have flooded numerous times in recent years, called repetitive loss areas, we annually mail residents a letter that discusses ways to prepare for flooding, protect from flooding, and to obtain flood insurance. A copy of the letter can be found here.


The City of Des Moines also sends a letter annually to local realtors, lenders, and insurance carriers informing them of what type of information is available to them concerning Special Flood Hazard Areas. All federally insured lending institutions are obligated to require flood insurance of borrowers for properties located within SFHAs beginning with the letter A. A copy of the letter can be found here.


Additional flood zone information can be found on FEMA's website, as well as at the central library located downtown at 1000 Grand Avenue. Documents available at this library are listed in a letter from the Library Director, a copy of which can be found here.