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Bridging the Gap

BridgingTheGapBridging the Gap is a project championed by Mayor Frank Cownie to discuss solutions for civil & human rights issues with people across Des Moines. This ongoing project is designed to connect government, business and community leaders, and residents to work together to solve issues that are essential to a thriving city.

We have identified four areas of opportunity to make Des Moines a more equitable and sustainable city:
  • Community & Government Relations
  • Refugee & Immigrant Rights
  • LGBTQ+ Rights
  • Breaking Bread Building Bridges

Des Moines continues to gain traction as one of the fastest-growing regions in the Midwest, which is why it’s important we prepare for the needs of our changing population. Bridging the gap will help all our communities thrive as they grow. When the community is involved in the solution-making process, we create paths to a more equitable Des Moines.

Safety & Justice Community Dialogues

Refugee & Immigrant Advisory Sub-Committee

LGBT Advisory Council

Community & Police Dialogues