"You've done this better than any community we've ever seen."
—Market Street Services

Implementation of Capital Crossroads has been comprehensive and sustained since its launch in 2012. Hundreds of actions have been completed and are currently being pursued. In the words of our consultant, “You’ve done this better than any community we’ve ever seen.”

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Capital Crossroads Launches ‘Here We Grow’ Initiatives

JULY 2021

Capital Crossroads launched Housing Tomorrow: Here We Grow, an initiative to build regional collaboration, data and knowledge sharing on workforce housing in Central Iowa. Here We Grow builds upon previous research conducted by Capital Crossroads and Polk County Housing Trust Fund, including the 2019 CZB report on workforce housing.

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4 Equity Tool Created to Aid in Regional Decision Making

Central Iowa stands 4 Equity. To build a more equitable and inclusive region we are beginning with a focus on racial equity. We ask leaders to commit to using this tool when presented with a decision-making moment for plans and activities. This is the first step in creating an inclusive Central Iowa.


The Iowa Soil and Water Future Task Force released their report

The Iowa Soil and Water Future Task Force released their report after capturing input from more than 115 advisory committee members. The report recommends that the primary pathway to success is public/private investment in the state’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy, by identifying ten recommendations for addressing the goals of the Strategy. The report is available online.


Kemin Industries broke ground for a new manufacturing facility on Des Moines’ east side

Kemin Industries kicked off construction of a $17 million manufacturing plant Wednesday, part of the nutrition and personal care company’s $125.5 million, five-year expansion plan.


Investopedia named Des Moines one of five “Emerging Startup Cities in 2015”

When most people think about startups, the first two places that come to mind are Silicon Valley and New York City. Not only have some of the country’s biggest success stories come out of these two locations, the areas are also saturated with money from venture capitalists. What most people don’t know is that there are other areas in the United States that have become very attractive for startups. Let’s take a look five of the country’s hottest startup cities for 2015.


Sukup Manufacturing completed its expansion

Located in the northern tier of the Cultivation Corridor, Sheffield-based Sukup Manufacturing Company on November 14 celebrated the completion of a major company expansion which includes a new $8 million headquarters and innovation facility and the addition of more than 200,000 square feet of new production space.


Officials broke ground on the $12 million economic development hub at the ISU Research Park

In a day marked by three major growth announcements at the Iowa State University Research Park, state and university officials today gathered to mark the groundbreaking of a new Economic Development Core Facility. The $12 million, 50,000 square foot facility’s groundbreaking also served to formally announce a major park expansion which is expected to create nearly 5,000 new jobs and create an additional $100 million in annual payroll within 15 years.


Cultivation Corridor signed a trade MOU with an Israeli business group

The Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce (FICC) and the Cultivation Corridor signed a Memorandum of Understanding that highlights a growing momentum for local companies to export goods to Israel, as well as for Israel-based companies to invest in and partner with Corridor companies.


Represented the region at the BIO International Convention in San Diego

The Cultivation Corridor has partnered with the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Biotechnology Association to attend the Bio Industry Organization’s International Convention to be held in San Diego, California on June 23-26, 2014.


Represented the region at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology

The Cultivation Corridor partnered with the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Biotechnology Association in attending the Bio Industry Organization’s 11th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 12-15, 2014.


Global Insurance Symposium was held in Des Moines in May 2014

The Global Insurance Symposium features a powerhouse agenda of renowned industry keynote and panel speakers, as well as numerous opportunities for attendees to participate in roundtable and breakout discussion sessions with global insurance leaders. Speakers include state insurance commissioners, industry leaders, regulatory representatives from various states, national offices and international organizations, and other experts in the insurance industry from around the world.


The Greater Des Moines Partnership hosted its annual DC fly-in

Nearly 200 of Central Iowa’s business, civic, and regional community leaders traveled to our nation’s capital and presented a federal public policy agenda to promote regional policy priorities and economic development projects during the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s annual advocacy trip to Washington, D.C.