Posted May 18, 2016 by the Business Record

Atlanta-based consultant Market Street Services is back in town. Leaders are signing on to guide work on the 10 capitals. And Capital Crossroads 2.0, the area’s latest visioning process, officially launches today.

You can fill out a related survey through June 20 to help guide the next five years of advancements in Central Iowa, within a 50-mile radius of Des Moines. There also will be focus groups and comprehensive discussions of how to make the area a better place for development, outdoor recreation, efficient government, and diverse cultural attractions.

Market Street will be interviewing leaders and performing quantitative research, said Bethany Wilcoxon, Capital Crossroads director. These are the folks who helped with the original Capital Crossroads effort and plans for the Walnut Street makeover.

“We are building upon the strategies and successes of the past few years — Capital Crossroads, Tomorrow Plan, Housing Tomorrow, DART Forward,” Wilcoxon said in an interview. “Capital Crossroads. Tomorrow Plan. DART Forward. Housing Tomorrow. We have recorded several hundred successes from the 10 capitals.”

Now, it’s time to freshen up the long-term view. “We are looking for game-changing projects for the next five years in the 10 capitals,” Wilcoxon said. “What will take us to the next level?”

The steering committee will be composed of 60 to 65 leaders from diverse fields, age brackets and experience levels, Wilcoxon said. The final report is expected in November. TAKE THE SURVEY >>>