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Urban Design Review Board Meeting

Tuesday, December 1 7:30 AM

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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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  • Pet Licenses On Sale

    2016 pet licenses and dog park permits are now available.

    All dogs & cats 6-months & older require a license.

    Questions? Please contact the City Clerk 283-4209.


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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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Snow Removal

The Department of Public Works is determined to provide residents with improved snow removal. All residents need to participate by moving their vehicles off the street during snow removal operations.

  • Downtown Business
Best Places for Business

The Des Moines area offers business costs below the national average and household incomes that are expected to increase annually.

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  • Tax Abatement Changes
Tax Abatement Changes

The City of Des Moines is proposing changes to the Tax Abatement program, which is currently set to expire at the end of 2015.