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Growing Downtown


Best City to Live and Work

As a globally connected community with a skilled workforce and a nationally ranked business environment, there’s a reason Downtown Des Moines (DSM) is home to some of the world’s biggest and most dynamic brands. DSM has been named one of the 10 best cities to live and work, one of the best cities for business and careers, one of the top 10 places with the most job opportunities per capita and a top city for number of economic development projects among metros (with a population of 200,000 to 1 million). The city offers an incredible business climate, unmatched incentives and an array of recent development projects. All of which have resulted in companies like Principal Financial Group, Wells Fargo & Co., Nationwide, Kum & Go, OpenLoop and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa choosing the city for their home. Review a complete list containing major employers throughout the region. DSM has also been ranked among the top places to live in the U.S., as one of the most pro-business regions in the country and one of the best regions for young professionals and jobs! Combine all that and it’s easy to see why more than 80,000 people pursue their careers in Downtown DSM. Learn more about the Downtown DSM workforce and the sites and buildings available for development opportunities or business growth and expansion.

Here is a selection of non-government employers in Downtown DSM: