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!

Accomplishments

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2016

The Transit Future Work Group visited Kansas City

The Transit Future Work Group ventured to Kansas City to learn about their transit efforts.

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.

2016

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.

2015

Healthy Homes Des Moines launched

Through Healthy Homes Des Moines, households with children suffering from asthma will receive home repairs to address asthma triggers, and families will receive tailored health education to self-manage asthma and maintain a healthy home.

2015

Get Your Bib On campaign about dental hygiene launched

Could improving your well-being really be just a dentist appointment away? Studies have shown that adults who visit the dentist once a year are 37 percent more likely to report good or better dental health, and adults who report good dental health are almost twice as likely to report good or better overall well-being.

2015

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.

2015

The Teaching Employees Accountability Matters (TEAM) program launched to promote a “can do” workplace environment

The Teaching Employees Accountability Matters (TEAM) program is a comprehensive training curriculum that sets the stage for employees and supervisors to exemplify and promote a “can do” workplace environment. No matter where you work or what you do, TEAM can help improve your workplace culture.

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.

2015

The Wellmark YMCA opened in downtown Des Moines

In the nearly 150 years the YMCA of Greater Des Moines has been serving central Iowa, the association has only had three downtown locations. You can make that four with the new Wellmark YMCA. With a gym, indoor track, handball and racquetball courts, squash courts, indoor cycling studio and wellness center, the Wellmark Y is a state-of-the-art facility. Wellmark has charitably donated the parcel of land it owns directly next and west of the Y. The additional land will be used to accommodate a 50-meter swimming pool (and warm-up pool) with seating and amenities to host major aquatic events.

2015

The Greater Des Moines Partnerships launched the Get Active Workplace Wellness Toolkit

Your company can do its part to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation, and this toolkit can remove your barriers to entry. Each month, businesses can download a new one-page poster that lays out wellness tips, facts, and resources that will give employees immediate takeaways that they can implement in their daily lives. Employers can also download information packets that contain more health facts, suggestions for activities to implement in the workplace, and daily health tips that they can email to employees. Each month will feature a specific themes. For more information on strategies to roll out and implement a formal wellness program in your workplace, see this Healthy Iowa Worksites toolkit from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

2014

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.

2014

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.

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 Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation introduced the Iowa By Trail app

After 30 years of helping establish Iowa’s extensive trail system, INHF launched Iowa By Trail, an interactive mobile app that connects Iowans to trails and surrounding natural areas.

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

Civility Initiative developed by Drake University marketing and public relations students as their cornerstone project

Improving respect and civility in our community isn’t someone else’s job. It can start with you. Show Some Respect, a campaign of the Iowa Civility Project, urges Iowans to be respectful and encourage others to do the same.

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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.

2012

The Plains Angels investor network was capitalized and launched

The Plains Angels are a group of Iowa-based Midwest angel investors dedicated to providing outstanding financial returns to accredited angel investors while assisting early-stage growth companies by being an excellent source of funding and advice.

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2011

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

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