Bridging the Gap
Bridging the Gap

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Bridging the Gap is a project championed by Mayor Frank Cownie to have solutions-focused discussion with community members across Des Moines. This ongoing, community-centered dialogue and strategy series is designed to involve city and state government, business leaders, service providers, and at-large community members in the development of collaborative, step-by-step solutions to address issues that are essential to a thriving city.

We have identified four areas of opportunity to make Des Moines a more equitable and sustainable city:

•Community & Government Relations
•Refugee & Immigrant Affairs
•Breaking Bread Building Bridges


Des Moines continues to gain traction as one of the fastest growing regions in the Midwest, making of tantamount importance our ability to prepare for the needs of the demographic shifts. We hope that "bridging the gap" in these areas will help our communities thrive as they grow. When the community is involved in the solution-making process, we create paths to a more equitable Des Moines.