Capital Crossroads: A Vision for Greater Des Moines & Central Iowa

final Community input meeting scheduled

 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

5:00 ‚Äď 6:00 p.m.

 

Des Moines Botanical Center

909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines 

 

 

Greater Des Moines ‚Äď Capital Crossroads Tri-Chairs Angela Connolly – Polk County, J. Barry Griswell -Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, and Cara Heiden – Wells Fargo Home Mortgage invite central Iowa residents to the final community input meeting to develop a regional vision plan for Greater Des Moines and central Iowa.¬† The meeting is the second of two public meetings scheduled during the vision plan process.¬† This meeting will take place Tuesday, April 26, 5:00 p.m., at the Des Moines Botanical Center, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, in Des Moines.¬† Market Street, a community and economic development consulting firm, will provide a brief presentation on the visioning effort so far.¬† Attendees will then be able to share their preferences for various concepts emerging from the visioning process using handheld electronic voting devices.¬† Devices will be limited to the first 100 attendees.

 

Capital Crossroads: A Vision for Greater Des Moines & Central Iowa is a strategic community planning process to shape a five-year vision plan guiding public and private economic and community development efforts in central Iowa.  For purposes of this process, central Iowa is defined by a 50-mile radius of the Iowa State Capitol.  The effort is led by a steering committee of 50 business and community leaders from across the region.  The planning process formally began in November 2010, and is expected to produce a formal action plan to be released in May.  The plan will include a long-term perspective, implementation strategies and a framework for measuring results and progress.

 

Capital Crossroads is supported through resources from Bravo Greater Des Moines, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Iowa State University, Prairie Meadows, and United Way of Central Iowa.   The Community Foundation and Greater Des Moines Partnership are providing staff support to the process.  For media inquiries or for more information, please contact Susan Ramsey at (515) 286-4954 or sramsey@desmoinesmetro.com.

 

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About MarketStreet Inc.

Founded in 1997, Market Street is an independent, national workforce, community, and economic development consulting firm.  Market Street brings original insights and clarity to the evaluation and revitalization of the places where people live, work, and grow.  Through honest and informed assessments, Market Street works with the community to create meaningful change.  Market Street’s community clients are successful at creating stronger programs, increasing operational budgets, and creating new quality jobs that improve the quality of life in their communities.

 

About the Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines works to improve the quality of life for all by connecting donors with their passions, fostering links between community organizations and convening local leaders to promote the common good. The Community Foundation manages assets in excess of $184 million, administers more than 795 charitable funds created by Iowans and distributed over $30 million in grants in 2010. We thank our donors, partners and nonprofit organizations for working to strengthen our community. Live…Give…Better Together

 

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic development engine serving Central Iowa.  Supported by 280 public and private investors, the Partnership focuses on four pillars of work: regional economic development, regional workforce development/education, downtown development and regional business development.  With its 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and 4,300 business members, the Partnership is united to drive economic growth with one voice, one mission, and as one region.