Greater Des Moines recently has been named the Best Place for Young Professionals, Best Place to Raise a Family, and among the Best Mid-Sized Cities for Jobs. These are just a few of many indicators that the region is doing well and is poised for the future. At the same time, the area faces serious challenges with economic competitiveness, social equity, environmental resilience, and a tight fiscal environment. The question, then, is how will the greater Des Moines region respond to these challenges to ensure the long-term health and vitality of the region?
Enter The Tomorrow Plan, a regional planning effort coordinated by the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and led by a consortium representing a broad swath of area communities and organizations. This group has formed to engage the community in envisioning how the future of the greater Des Moines region might play out sustainably over the next forty years. The 20-month planning process began in July 2011 and when complete, will provide a comprehensive framework for future development. A major goal of The Tomorrow Plan is to engage a wide range of people in meaningful public participation to ensure that the region’s future reflects the values and aspirations of its residents.
Please join us in this endeavor to make a Greener Greater Des Moines.
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