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Economic Development

Des Moines recently completed a process to adopt a new comprehensive plan, zoning code and design code.  As a result, the City is shifting staffing duties to better address the changing goals of Des Moines over the next 20 to 30 years.

The City is realigning the economic development, community development and housing services departments.  This will allow the city to concentrate on both our commercial development and neighborhoods while continuing the efforts that has made Des Moines the robust city that it is today through thoughtful long-term planning, innovative revitalization efforts and sound economic development.

On July 1, 2020, the city began reorganizational efforts to streamline three departments into two: Development Services and Neighborhood Services.

Please use the links below to access information about the new departments.  Additional information and updates will be added as the reorganization progresses.

New Department Links:  

Neighborhood Services -  Web PageOrganizational Chart
Development Services -  Web Page  |  Organizational Chart 

EconomicDevelopmentHomeThe City of Des Moines is a great place to do business. Des Moines is a vibrant city that’s home for many global financial services and insurance companies, driving innovation in agriculture biotechnology. Iowa’s capital city tops several notable national rankings as one of the best places to live and most affordable places to do business.

Des Moines’ workforce enjoys one of the shortest average commute times in the nation, a wonderful education system and affordable housing options. We are proud to be an accessible, business-friendly city with a highly skilled workforce and thriving business climate full of opportunity. Contact us to learn how we can help you grow your business here. 

About Our Office
The Office of Economic Development is committed to helping you do business in Des Moines. Our office can provide you help with:
  • Project management
  • Site selection
  • Redevelopment assistance
  • Financial assistance

Whether you need help with site selection, securing funding or managing your project, we’re here for you. For information or assistance, contact the Office of Economic Development at 515-283-4004 or

Growing Business in Greater Des Moines
Visit the Greater Des Moines Partnership for more details about why businesses, entrepreneurs and people of all ages are choosing Des Moines to live, work and play.