• PlanDSM

    Public Meetings will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 PM on:

    February 24 - Municipal Service Center

    February 26 - Polk County River Place

    March 3 - Des Moines Public Library Downtown

    March 10 - Polk County River Place


    PlanDSM Website

  • 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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  • Des Moines Public Library Annual Report

    Read all about the GREAT CONNECTIONS the Des Moines Public Library has made over the past year - by providing a great collection, outstanding programs, and excellent customer service - to Des Moines residents and beyond.


    DMPL Annual Report

  • 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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  • 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 functions of Design Group are to: (1) provide design services for the Engineering Department, as well as other
City departments, (2) provide administrative support for Engineering Department activities, (3) provide management of capital improvements program projects, (4) provide systematic construction, reconstruction, and repair programs for storm and sanitary sewers and water detention basins, and (5) address the City's infrastructure needs by utilizing a priority ranking system for timely maintenance. Contact the Design and Construction Section at (515) 283-4931.




The functions of the GIS/Graphics Section are to: (1) provide support for Engineering project design preparation, (2)
maintain and provide City departments and the public quarter section, planimetric, and topographic maps, sewer maps and data, aerial photography, and construction records on all public improvements, (3) provide City agencies with maps, plans, charts, overlays, displays, and exhibits, (4) provide computer systems support for the Engineering Department, and (5) complete the conversion and implementation phase for the city-wide Automated Mapping and Facilities Management Geographic Information System.