"Active engagement by many partners wins the day."
—Tim Lane

Seeing is Believing

Posted March 16, 2017 by the Iowa Soybean Association  It’s one thing to hear farmers and ag retailers are working to improve water quality and fine-tune nutrient management. It’s another to see it. Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance (ACWA), Capital Crossroads, and NEW Cooperative Inc. teamed up last week to provide about 30 urban residents and environmentalists an […]

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Regional Cultural Assessment Community Conversations Announced

Members of the Greater Des Moines community are invited to a series of seven community conversations focusing on how to leverage arts and culture to enhance quality of life and economic development in central Iowa. The open-forum sessions will be held Wednesday, March 22 and Thursday, March 23 as part of Central Iowa’s Regional Cultural […]

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Iowa Walking College Launches

Do you feel that your community could be more walkable but you are unsure how you can influence change? The Healthiest State Initiative (HSI) and Active Living Iowa have launched the Iowa Walking College set to begin May 3. The Iowa Walking College is an interactive, online educational program for Iowans interested in making their […]

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Capital Crossroads Director Talks New Focus on Housing

Published February 16, 2017 by the Polk County Housing Trust Fund Organizers launched Capital Crossroads 2.0, the next five-year regional vision plan for Central Iowa, on February 1st during an event at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. The first iteration of the plan celebrated more than 400 measurable successes in our region because of the work […]

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Taxpayers Present the “In the Public Interest” Award

The Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa presented the “In the Public Interest” Award on Wednesday, February 15 at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. This distinction is given to an individual, a local government, or an intergovernmental project that demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to the public interest. This year’s honorees are Jim Sanders, City of Johnston Administrator, […]

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Capital Crossroads Launches 2.0 Strategy

Posted February 13, 2017 by Market Street Services If there is an equivalent of “Economic Development Strategy Implementation 101,” it would be the activation and sustained work on Greater Des Moines and Central Iowa’s Capital Crossroads 1.0 initiative beginning in 2011. In its first five-year implementation cycle, many of the top leaders in the Central Iowa region, […]

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Metro-Area Libraries Come Together for Shared Training Event

On February 10, approximately 120 metro-area library team members came together at the Urbandale Public Library for a shared training event. An outcome of the Governance Capital‘s Local Government Collaboration Project, the day featured Jody Urquhart, a highly sought-after funny motivational speaker. Through this cross-training, we were able to make professional development more cost effective […]

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Editorial: Capital Crossroads’ Wish List Requires Your Work

Published February 3, 2017 by the Des Moines Register It would be tempting to think of Capital Crossroads’ priorities — including a downtown sports stadium, an indoor farmers market and a new airport terminal — as a wish list that some Santa will fulfill in the next five years. That’s not how the vision plan works, and […]

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Capital Crossroads Lays Out Aggressive Plan for Greater Des Moines

Published February 1, 2017 by the Des Moines Register Central Iowa leaders laid out a new vision for the region Wednesday with the launch of Capital Crossroads 2.0 — a blueprint for improving everything from local neighborhoods to community health. It’s been five years since Capital Crossroads was first launched. In that time, nearly 700 volunteers have worked to […]

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Capital Crossroads 2.0 Unveiled

Published February 1, 2017 by the Business Record Capital Crossroads 2.0’s five-year blueprint for Central Iowa emerged Wednesday night at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. If you think the area could use better housing options, a new downtown sports stadium, an indoor soccer venue, better skywalk access, improved mobility and a higher education needs assessment that could […]

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