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Downtown DSM: Future Forward

The Greater Des Moines Partnership, in collaboration with Bravo Greater Des Moines, Catch Des Moines, City of Des Moines, Des Moines Regional Transit Authority (DART), Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce, Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), FuseDSM, Operation Downtown and Polk County, are working to develop a Downtown DSM: Future Forward, a community-driven Downtown vision plan and action plan, to help position Downtown Des Moines (DSM) for short-term economic recovery and long-term economic vitality and vibrancy.

This inclusive process will be designed to build upon the momentum of Downtown DSM and set up Downtown DSM for future success. The growth of the Downtown population, amenities and overall vibrancy has mirrored the growth of the region in the last 20 years, and this vision plan creates a roadmap for the next chapter of Downtown and helps the region build upon the excitement that already exists Downtown through events, attractions, major projects, major employers and more.


Downtown DSM: Future Forward will also roll up into the Capital Crossroads regional vision plan, which will be updated in 2022. As part of the process, the plan's leaders and consultants will engage with the public to garner feedback and ideas for the future of Downtown DSM. Public engagement information will be announced in September.

The Downtown DSM: Future Forward Steering Committee will work extensively with a consulting team made up of local, regional and national experts who have international downtown experience as well. The team consists of Bâton Global, Civitas Consultants and RDG Planning & Design.

Steering Committee Chairs

  • Angela Connolly, Chair of the Polk County Board of Supervisors
  • Mayor Frank Cownie, City of Des Moines
  • Jake Christensen, President of Christensen Development
  • Kathryn Kunert, Vice President of Economic Connections and Integration at MidAmerican Energy