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    Oct 25, 5:00 PM

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    Nov 03, 6:00 PM

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    Nov 07, 4:30 PM

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    Nov 08, 5:00 PM

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    Nov 09, 6:00 PM

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  • PlanDSM National & State Awards

    PlanDSM: Creating Our Tomorrow was recognized by the American Planning Association (APA) and the APA Iowa Chapter for its values-based vision for the City of Des Moines and for integrating sustainability throughout the plan.


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  • Speak Up DSM

    We want to hear from you #SpeakUpDSM and tell us your priorities for the upcoming budget. Can’t make the meeting watch it LIVE, complete the survey, or participate via mobile interactions.


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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 SELECTED TO JOIN NATIONAL WHAT WORKS CITIES INITIATIVE Fifty-Five Cities Now Committed to Making Government More Effective Using Data and Evidence
  • October 24, 2016
  • Today, Mayor Frank Cownie announced that Des Moines has been selected as one of 16 new cities to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Work Cities initiative – one of the largest-ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector. Des Moines will receive technical assistance from world-class experts to build capacity to address local issues. Des Moines’ selection comes as the growing national movement, launched in April 2015, reaches a critical benchmark: 55 mid-sized U.S. cities are now working to better use data and evidence to improve services for residents, inform local decision-making and engage citizens. All together, these 55 cities come from 33 states, represent 19 million residents and have annual budgets exceeding $63 billion. The initiative will partner with 100 cities on rolling basis through 2018.

  • Des Moines Receives High Score for LGBTQ Inclusiveness and Creates Liaison Role to the Community
  • October 19, 2016
  • The City of Des Moines received high praise this week as it increased its Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index by 14 points to 97/100, giving the City the highest ranking in Central Iowa and the fourth highest ranking in Iowa overall. Work has been underway over the last two years to make changes to existing City policies and practices to improve its overall inclusiveness to the LGBTQ community.

  • Plan DSM: Creating Our Tomorrow Receives State Planning Award
  • October 18, 2016
  • The Iowa chapter of the American Planning Association announced that Des Moines’ Plan DSM: Creating Our Tomorrow is the 2016 recipient of the Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan. The Burnham Award is given to plans that exhibit innovative and visionary approaches addressing a community's future. Plan DSM was recognized by APA-Iowa for a clear, values based vision for Des Moines …

  • Residents Invited to #SpeakUpDSM Public Safety Budget Workshop
  • October 17, 2016
  • City of Des Moines will host the second of six interactive budget workshops, this one focused on public safety budgets (Fire and Police). The workshops aim to gain feedback from residents on their priorities of services and inform of costs of those services for the coming budget (July1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). Residents are encouraged to participate in #SpeakUpDSM – Budget Engagement Workshop in one of three ways:

  • Fire Fighter Technical Rescue Training
  • October 12, 2016
  • Witness tech rescue crews access a collapsed structure and stabilize the building.