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January and February 2013: Here Comes Tomorrow

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August 2012: Choose Tomorrow Future Fair

April 2012 Public Outreach

The third public outreach series was held on April 17, 18, and 19 2012.


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February 2012 Public Outreach

The second public outreach series was held on January 31, February 1, and February 2, 2012. We had almost 250 people attend and participate in the events.
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What Will Tomorrow Look Like in Central Iowa?

William Fulton spoke about the future of Central Iowa on January 12,2012. Introduction and interview by City of Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.View the Presentation on YouTube

Outreach Series 1: October 2011 Open House


Project Launch: September 13, 2011 Open House

The project launch open house was held September 13th and a big success.

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Activities from the Event



Launch the Urban Growth Modeling Webinar given January 19, 2012


The Tomorrow Plan Final Draft

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Executive Summary

This document not only summarizes The Tomorrow Plan’s highlights, it also outlines the top action steps we’ll take over the next 1 to 2 years so all of the regional initiatives launch and the goals get well underway. This piece also highlights partners to lead or serve as catalysts for progress.

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The Tomorrow Plan Final Report: Working Draft for Review

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A complex of deep-rooted tall grass prairies, wetlands, and oak savannas once dominated Iowa’s more-rolling-than-you-know landscape. Over the past 150 years, European settlers converted this exceptionally fertile terrain to some of the most productive farmland in the world. Centers of commerce and population pepper this golden landscape – places peopled by characters of energy, vision, and a commitment to work, family, and community.

State of the Region: Greater Des Moines

State of the Region (PDF)

Sustainability Scan

The objective of this report is to survey the sustainability-related practices currently underway in the Greater Des Moines area, and to provide a comparison with national best practices relevant to the region. Section 1 first discusses the case for why cities embrace comprehensive sustainability planning, and the benefits and challenges of adopting a new short- and long-term vision. Next, the Methodology section describes the approach taken in the scan, which triangulates findings about attitudes and values, plans and policies, and research on national best practices. The report then provides a snapshot of the current state of sustainability initiatives and practices in Greater Des Moines, followed by a discussion of opportunities and obstacles in the region. Finally, the report offers a preliminary definition of sustainability for Greater Des Moines and opens the door for future discussion of a vision for Greater Des Moines, guiding principles, and future recommendations.

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Appendix A includes the survey data table (included in the Sustainability Scan)
Appendix B includes the Sustainability Scan survey of existing practices (PDF)
Appendix C includes the Project Launch Questionnaire (PDF)

Transportation: Existing and Proposed Conditions

Transportation Existing and Proposed Conditions (PDF)

Economic report

Existing Conditions Report (PDF)


Partnership for Sustainable Communities

Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

DART Forward 2035

Capital Crossroads: A Vision Forward

University of Nebraska – Lincoln Student Work

Landscape Architecture and Architecture Studio — System, Strategy, Site: Des Moines (22.7MB, PDF)