• One of the Best Places for Business and Careers

    Forbes magazine has recognized Des Moines as one of the best places for business and careers in their 2014 rating of communities. This includes cost of doing business, job growth, and education as factors.

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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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  • #1 Up-and-Coming Downtown

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

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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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Real Estate Roles and Responsibilities
 

The functions of the Engineering Department’s Real Estate division are to:

 

(1) support City projects and programs requiring the purchase or disposition of real estate and to coordinate with other City departments to accomplish this function,

 

(2) provide for orderly relocation of individuals and businesses displaced as part of the City's acquisition activities, and

 

(3) provide property management services for City-owned properties. During fiscal year 2008, the Park and Recreation Property Management function was merged with Real Estate.

 

Contact info

Engineering’s Real Estate Division
City Hall – 2nd Floor
400 Robert D Ray Drive
Des Moines IA 50309
(T) (515) 283-4561
(F) (515) 237-1766
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Urban Renewal Business Parks

 

The City's Office of Economic Development markets and negotiates the sale of City-owned land located in the City's urban renewal business parks. Several City-owned parcels are currently available for sale for commercial development, subject to certain terms and conditions.