Accomplishments

"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. Building from the strategic template of the initial plan, the nearly 700 volunteers have worked under the coordination of the Director and partner organizations. They have adjusted, enhanced, and added strategic activities based on competitive issues and opportunities. Since project launch, Capital Crossroads has experienced hundreds of successes under the leadership of nearly 700 community volunteers. To join in our success, learn more about how you can volunteer with Capital Crossroads!

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.”

Take a look at Capital Crossroads’ Accomplishments!

Wellness Capital Partners with Science Center of Iowa to Bring Mind Matters to Des Moines

January 2019

Mental Health: Mind Matters, a new traveling exhibit at the Science Center of Iowa presented by HealthPartners UnityPoint Health, will use hands-on interactives and immersive multimedia experiences to help visitors explore mental illness and its prevalence in society. The exhibit will build awareness and understanding by giving visitors the opportunity to see how mental illness has been treated in the past and to better understand what it’s like to live with mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Capitals Involved

Cultural

2018

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.

2016

Neighborhood Finance Corporation launched a Front Porch Loan Program for exterior home improvements to address the goal of improving residential property conditions and strengthening Des Moines neighborhoods

Loans through NFC’s Front Porch Program are available to homeowners in NFC lending areas seeking repairs to the exterior of their homes.

2016

Seize the City helped interns and college students network, engage with the community, and take advantage of professional development opportunities

Seize the City is a series of events for interns spending their summer in Greater Des Moines. The series contains various networking events designed to engage summer interns with business and community leaders, young professionals, and other interns while incorporating exposure to many of the quality of life amenities and professional development opportunities in the region.

2016

The convention hotel celebrated its groundbreaking in May 2016

Business and civic leaders from across Des Moines held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Iowa Events Center hotel. The end result will be a 330-room hotel connected to the Iowa Events Center downtown.

2015

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.

2014

Waukee Schools launched the Aspiring Professional Experience (APEX) to allow students to explore professions of interest

Through a collaboration between education, business, and the community, Waukee Aspiring Professional Experience (APEX) develops highly skilled, adaptable, global innovators and leaders. Waukee APEX draws on the expertise of business partners to bring real-world experience to high schoolers. Through passion-based learning, authentic projects, and experiences, students add value to business partners while exploring career possibilities identified by economic trends within our metro area and state.

2014

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.

2014

Developed CarpeDM, a regional attraction/retention web portal

When you Seize Des Moines, you are empowered to take charge of your personal and professional journey and shape the direction of the region’s future. With a growing population, world class amenities and national recognition as a great city to advance a career, now is the time to live life in Central Iowa and tell the world how you Seize Des Moines.

2012

Evelyn Davis Center for Working Families opened in Des Moines’ urban core

The Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families helps families and individuals improve their financial position and connecting them with their work and career goals. From its location in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa, the state’s capital city, the Evelyn K. Davis Center is helping many Central Iowans build their educational and job dreams. This first-of-its-kind center is a beacon for those looking for educational, job training and career opportunities by delivering these workforce services.

2011

The Des Moines Music Coalition hosted the second annual Back Stage Ball and raised $18,000

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