A recent study reveals the potential for a Latino Center in Central Iowa.  Over 38,000 Latinos live in the Des Moines metropolitan area, but currently no central organization exists for the entire Latino community.  A Center could provide a focal point for the Latino community, serve as a bridge with the community at large, and showcase Latino cultures.  A feasibility study commissioned by the Latino Forum (an offshoot of the Capital Crossroads initiative) offers conclusions on the possible mission, activities, costs, and location of a Latino Center.

All area residents, Latinos and Non-Latinos, are invited to join members of the Latino Forum at a public meeting to discuss the results of the study –

Saturday, May 11                                           

United Way of Central Iowa (Conference Center)
1111 9th St, Des Moines
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

The study authors will make a bi-lingual presentation of the conclusions, followed by discussion and questions from the audience.

Tamales will be served at the meeting. Children and families are welcome.  Activities for children will be provided.

The Latino Center initiative and the Latino Forum evolved out of the Capital Crossroads plan, a strategic vision for the Greater Des Moines region.  The Urban Core initiative of Capital Crossroads formed the Latino Forum, which in turn formed a subgroup to explore the possibilities for establishing a Latino Center in Greater Des Moines.  A consulting team from RDG Planning & Design of Des Moines was hired to perform a feasibility study to evaluate the needs for a Latino Center.


For more information, please contact Barbara Dinnen (barbdinnen53@gmail.com or 515-490-1234), Chair of the Latino Center steering committee.