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  • Neighborhood Revitalization Board

    Mar 04, 5:00 PM

  • Plan & Zoning Commission Meeting

    Mar 05, 6:00 PM

  • City Council Meeting

    Mar 09, 4:30 PM

  • Greater Des Moines Sister Cities Commission Meeting

    Mar 10, 5:00 PM

  • Access Advisory Board meeting

    Mar 18, 12:00 PM

  • 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


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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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  • 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.


    Other Awards & Recognitions

  • 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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  • Public Works Snow Removal Operations
  • February 25, 2015
  • With the onset of precipitation this afternoon, Public Works’ crews are plowing the City’s 225 miles (710 lane miles) of snow routes. The snow ordinance is in effect on the City’s Snow Routes as crews plow the Snow Routes until cleared. Parking is prohibited on Snow Routes.

  • Birding Basics Starts This Week at Gray’s Lake Park
  • February 23, 2015
  • Get to know the water fowl and land birds that stop by Gray’s Lake Park as they pause to refuel on their journey north during spring migration when you attend Birding Basics at Grays Lake. The lunch time sessions are free and everyone is invited to join along. Participants will meet from 11:00-11:45 am at Gray’s Lake every Wednesday starting Feb. 25 and continuing through May 20. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them – we have a few extra pairs if you forget yours. New this year, each week we will introduce one specific bird at the start of the program and then go birding in the park. This program is free and open to all ages.

  • Council Workshop to Present PLAN DSM Comprehensive Plan Existing Conditions Report
  • February 20, 2015
  • ATTENTION MEDIA - You do not want to miss Monday’s City Council Workshop. Community Development will present more details on the comprehensive plan, PLAN DSM: Creating Our Tomorrow with a presentation of the existing conditions workbook.

  • Public Meetings Notice for Plan DSM
  • February 20, 2015
  • PlanDSM – Creating Our Tomorrow is a 3-year effort by the City of Des Moines to develop a new Comprehensive Plan to update and replace the 2020 Community Character Plan that was adopted in August of 2000. The effort will also result in adoption of a new zoning code and updated zoning map for the City. The City of Des Moines is holding a series of four public meetings to gather citizen’s ideas and input for PlanDSM. The day, date, time, location and host for each of the four public meetings are as follows:

  • Green Iowa AmeriCorps Hosts Hands-On Weatherization Event This Saturday
  • February 18, 2015
  • The City of Des Moines has partnered with Green Iowa AmeriCorps, a local non-profit, which is dedicated to helping Des Moines homeowners learn about energy efficiency and better energy savings in their homes. If you’d like to lower your utility bills and improve your home, join the Green Iowa AmeriCorps team for the first, hands-on weatherization event, Shades of Green, this Saturday at the …