Category: Media Coverage

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—Tim Lane

Bethany Wilcoxon Thrives on Putting the Pieces Together

Published October 14, 2014 by the Des Moines Register  Bethany Wilcoxon’s career in Des Moines is built on taking a step back and seeing the forest for the trees. The Greater Des Moines Partnership tapped Wilcoxon in early September as the strategic coordinator for Capital Crossroads, the multiyear vision plan for central Iowa. In that role, […]

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Blueprint for Success

Posted October 2, 2014 by the Council on Foundations A few years back, leaders in Des Moines, Iowa, faced a common dilemma. While there was no shortage of people and organizations working to better the community, there was little alignment or master planning to coordinate the efforts. “The city had a plan, Polk County had […]

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Education Campaign Targets ‘Cradle Through Career’

Posted September 9, 2014 by the Des Moines Register Now entering its fourth year, Capital Crossroads has tapped Cyndi Fisher to run its education and skills-based campaign, dubbed EDGE, which stands for Education Drives Our Great Economy. Education is just one area being analyzed under the multiyear Capital Crossroads vision plan that aims to improve life in […]

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Cultivation Corridor

Published April 21, 2014 by the Ames Tribune The Capital Corridor, the area around Ames and Des Moines, will be marketed as the Cultivation Corridor under a new brand announced Monday during a ceremony in Des Moines. The Capital Corridor, the area around Ames and Des Moines, will be marketed as the Cultivation Corridor under […]

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Housing is Critical to Revitalizing Des Moines’ Urban Core

Posted February 25, 2013 by the Polk County Housing Trust Fund Former Des Moines mayor and past chairman, president and CEO of Pioneer Hi-Bred Tom Urban now serves as co-chair of the Urban Core Initiative of Capital Crossroads. What does he see as critical to revitalizing Des Moines’ urban core?  His recently published Opinion Editorial in […]

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Capital Crossroads Report Released, Section Examines Startup Ecosystem

Posted September 19, 2011 by Silicon Prairie News Earlier this month the Capital Crossroads Vision Strategic Plan was released to the public. This plan, the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of work, is a five year “roadmap” for the development of Central Iowa. The plan document itself is a healthy 100 pages in length and […]

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United Way Co-Sponsors Capital Crossroads

Posted September 8, 2011 by United Way of Central Iowa United Way of Central Iowa is one of seven co-sponsors of Capital Crossroads: A Vision for Greater Des Moines & Central Iowa. Capital Crossroads is a five-year regional roadmap to build economic growth within a 50-mile radius of the Iowa State Capitol building. Capital Crossroads launched its […]

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New Metro Growth Plan Unveiled

Posted September 7, 2011 by KCCI Community leaders are developing a new strategic plan for the Des Moines metro area and surrounding counties, called Capital Crossroads. The plan was introduced at a news conference on Wednesday. The five-year plan focuses on job creation, diverse talent and quality of life includes a nine county area. It calls for […]

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New Effort Launched to Improve Job Creation and Quality of Life in Central Iowa

Posted September 7, 2011 by WHO-TV Capital Crossroads is a 5 year planning effort to increase employment, diversity, and quality of life in Central Iowa. This effort involves a 50 mile radius around central Iowa, and involves nearly 5000 community leaders. The new vision would include improving efforts for job creators. “Between here and Ames and […]

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Capital Crossroads 10 Capital Breakdown

Posted September 7, 2011 by the Business Record Here’s a quick breakdown that looks at the justification for and the goals of each of the 10 capitals of the Capital Crossroads plan. Capital Core Chairpersons: Rick Clark, Mary O’Keefe Subsections: Neighborhood Improvement Downtown Regional Context Justification: Common themes in the data research and public opinion were the diverging […]

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