• Combining Garbage & Yard Waste Survey

    The City of Des Moines Department of Public Works is currently determining the best yard waste disposal service for residents. Please complete this short online survey to share how you currently use the yard waste service and how you might like to see this service be offered in the future.


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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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Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission Belief Statement

We believe in equality with respect and justice for all.  

Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Vision Statement

The Des Moines Human Rights Commission is recognized for its excellence in education, advocacy, community engagement and investigations of civil rights violations creating a city which is a beacon of human rights and equality for all, with a culture of inclusiveness, respect and peace.

Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission Mission Statement

To advance justice, promote equality and ensure the protection of human rights for all people in Des Moines through investigation, education, advocacy and community engagement.

Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission Strategic Plan

Click here to view our strategic plan.

Residents Outside Des Moines

If you are a resident who resides outside of the City of Des Moines please click the following link to see a list of all Iowa Local Commissions.

If there is not a Local Commission located in your area, then please click the following link for the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.