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

Physical

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

The Transit Future Work Group explored Bus Rapid Transit routes

The Transit Future Work Group made an exploratory trip to Grand Rapids to learn about the Bus Rapid Transit route as well as their advocacy 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

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

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

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.

2013

Metro Waste Authority debuted the Adopt a Stream program

Adopt a Stream connects us directly to our streams – so we can clean them, enjoy them and celebrate the improvements in our water quality and soil erosion over time. As we become ever better water and soil stewards, we’ll see improvements in the health of our lands and people.

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.

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