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									 Experience a place
where you can do more
  of what you love.

   Des Moines. Do More.
                                                                                                                                   “It’s like you’re in a small
                                                                                                                                   town with everything a big
                                                                                                                                         city has to offer.”

Do More.
                                                                                                          “I’ve seen this community, especially
 Metro Des Moines is the rare place where you can Do More of what you love and less of what you don’t.
                                      A place where life is easier.
                                                                                                          downtown, just explode and grow
                                                                                                          and take off so much the last five to
• Spend less time commuting to work … and do more with your family and friends.                              ten years. It’s been awesome.”
• Free yourself from life as an anonymous cog in the corporate machine … and do more of what brings you

professional fulfillment.

• Lower your cost of living … and do more with your income.

                     Visit Des Moines. You’ll understand what it means to Do More.
  Take control of your life.
  Living, working and playing in Greater Des Moines
  opens up new vistas of possibilities.

  You’ll experience fewer of life’s hassles that sap
  your time, money and energy. You’ll enjoy more of
  life’s benefits that bring you joy, satisfaction and

  It’s a less congested, less anonymous, more fulfilling
  lifestyle that puts you back in charge of your life …
  and makes you wish you had discovered it sooner.

     “We moved here from the coast and
     the cost of living … let’s just say
     I’m still amazed at how affordable
               everything is here.
                                           Affordable Living
                                           You can probably duplicate your current standard of living (or improve it!) in Greater Des
                                           Moines for less than it costs you right now.

                                           Downtown loft …

                                           Elegant suburban showplace …

                                           A family-friendly three-bedroom near an amazing school …

                                           Quaint, bungalow in an artsy, historic neighborhood …

                                           An acreage with plenty of room for horses …

                                           Name your housing preference — Greater Des Moines has it. With some 700,000 people
                                           living in Greater Des Moines and its suburbs, we almost certainly have the perfect place for

                                           Plus, after you pay the mortgage, taxes, utilities and other living costs, you may have
                                           an exciting amount of your income left over. For a sportscar. Or a college education. Or a
                                           philanthropic venture. Or a trip to the tropics. Whatever floats your boat.

Find Balance
“Job” and “life” aren’t mutually exclusive terms in Greater
Des Moines. We live a balanced life here, one that values both
home and work.                                                   “Theater and the arts are everywhere.”
If you’re the corporate type, Des Moines is home to some
of the world superpowers in insurance, financial services,
agribusiness, biotech and more.                                  “There are just tons of things to do here,
If you prefer small business, you’ll find an eclectic array        especially for a young professional.”
of eager employers and a business climate that’s ideal for
growing your entrepreneurial dream into a reality.

And as our metro continues to grow, service industries such
as healthcare and construction are rapidly growing as well.

No matter what you do for a living, Greater Des Moines offers
opportunities to have a great job, and a great life.

Get there faster.
 Life is too short to spend it surrounded by cars
every morning and night. The average commute
in Greater Des Moines is 19 minutes.

You read that right. And plenty of people live a
single-digit drive from their offices. A shorter
commute isn’t just good for the blood pressure.
It adds more productive hours to your day. Sleep
more and get more done at work. Not only that,
but driving across town on business doesn’t
kill the entire afternoon.

Even more exciting: cutting your commute gives
you more time to do what you love.

Instead of spending the first 60 minutes after
work fighting traffic, cut that to 15 and then
invest the remaining 45 playing with the kids,
or just relaxing on the deck, playing tennis,
working on your Web site, editing your latest
video masterpiece … whatever you want.

         It’s your time.
         Do more of what you want with

                 it in Greater Des Moines.
At least one thing you’ve heard
  about Iowa is true — we’re
 one of the best places on the
    planet to raise a family.
You won’t find a lot of happy talk here about supporting
children. You’ll find a lot of happy action. The Des Moines
metro area offers world-class schools (primary, secondary
and post-secondary), affordable housing, child-friendly
employers, quality child care, cultural activities, youth
sports, religious and faith-based organizations … the
list of family-friendly features goes on for pages and

    Bottom line: Your children will grow up in a safe,
 caring, diverse environment where it’s easy to live your
            values and do more with the kids.

                                                                             “There’s so much passion for education here.
                                                                             Communities and schools here really work in
 Building brainpower                                                         partnership to make a big difference.”

 If you gave out grades for creating educational
 opportunities, Iowa would get an A+ — with extra credit
 points to spare.
 Why do the vast majority of Iowans consistently invest their time and
 money in creating excellent schools at all levels? Because we know
 education is the key to an unlimited future for every student of every
 age and background.

 You’ll find an impressive array of world-class educational opportunities
 in Greater Des Moines — public, private, pre-school, K-12, colleges,
 universities, community colleges, trade schools and more.

 Iowa consistently ranks in the top five based on statewide average
 scores for college entry exams. Parent participation in K-12 schools is
 the envy of the nation. Even attractions like the Science Center of Iowa,
 Living History Farms and Blank Park Zoo and others emphasize the
 excitement of learning.

 Whether you want to perfect your welding technique or get a Ph.D.
 in biotechnology, you’ll find everything you need to ace life’s tests in
 Greater Des Moines.

Our young professionals enjoy opportunities
  to get ahead earlier, make connections
 and foster relationships that improve the
      community and their own lives.          Gain access
                                              Sometimes moving to a somewhat smaller pond
                                              makes it easier to become a big fish.

                                              Swim over to Greater Des Moines and you’ll be amazed
                                              at the access you have to the political process, corporate
                                              leaders, social organizations and interest groups that
                                              you wouldn’t get in a larger city.

                                              The access to community leaders gives you the chance
                                              to jumpstart your career and go further, faster.

                                              In Greater Des Moines, you can make a difference and
                                              your voice will be heard. Come take a look and see how
                                              you can make an impact.

                       Join the mosaic
                       Please don’t believe the myth that Des Moines is
                       a one-color city.

                       Lots of visitors seem surprised to experience our thriving
“The ethnic, family-   Latino, Bosnian, African-American, Sudanese, Indian and
                       Southeast Asian (and many more) communities. Greater
owned restaurants      Des Moines embraces diverse ethnicities, lifestyles and
— Afghan food, Thai    backgrounds.

food, Indian food,     Not only does Greater Des Moines have a surprisingly
                       rich ethnic spectrum, we offer an even greater array of
Dutch letters — it’s   backgrounds, faiths, experiences and skills. Here you’ll
all awesome.”          find people from small-town Iowa working closely with
                       a colleague from Bombay, India, whose best friend is
                       originally from Mexico City.

                       Inclusion, access, diversity — we draw strength from it.
                       We revel in it. Come experience it.
         Welcome Home.
         Home is more than a house and a job. It’s finding the place
         that fits you and your lifestyle. For hundreds of thousands of
         people like you, Greater Des Moines is home.

         If you’re looking for a place where people are friendly, career
         opportunities abound, and the cost of living is affordable,
         give Greater Des Moines a second look. You might be
         surprised by what you find.

         To see why people like you call Greater Des Moines home,
         visit There’s information on
         ‘Living Here’ and video clips on residents’ favorite things
         about the metro.

         Come take a swing. You might just find you hit the ball out
         of the park!

See For Yourself
 A Florida transplant put it beautifully: “I would recommend one thing to anyone
       who is considering Iowa. Just visit once. You’ll never want to leave.”

                                                                                         Following is more detailed
 Is Des Moines right for you? That’s impossible to say until you take a closer look.   information about the Greater
                                                                                        Des Moines area. Things like
  Just call 800-376-9059 and let us know if you’re interested in learning more.         area stats at a glance, major
              We want to help you find the life you’ve been looking for.                 employers, communities in
                                                                                         the region, transportation,
                                                                                         housing, education and the
    Greater Des Moines. Come for a visit. You may end up staying for (a) life.          like. We hope it will give you
                                                                                          the resources you need to
                                                                                        begin taking a closer look at
                                                                                             Greater Des Moines.

                 For more on how you can Do More in Des Moines,

 * Quotes throughout this book are the unscripted words of Greater Des Moines
residents. Hear them for yourself and others like them on the “Do More” DVD or 
                     online at
“You can enjoy life and do it all here, really.”

                                                     The Greater Des Moines Partnership
                                                               700 Locust St., Suite 100
                                                                   Des Moines, IA 50309

                                                   Ph. 515.286.4950 > Fax 515.286.4974
                                                                                                                                                                                   Greater Des Moines
                                                                                      Greater Des Moines                                                                                  At-A-Glance
                                                                                             At-A-Glance                                                                                    Continued
   Greater Des Moines is home to over 500,000 residents. For a reason to move here, start with the reasons we
   stay: unequalled schools, great public services, friendly communities, four glorious seasons. In other words,        Demographics
   quality of living.
                                                                                                                        Population                                527,116
                                                                                                                        Population (City of Des Moines only)      202,477 (2005)
History                                                      Climate
The name Des Moines came from the river that early           The area’s climate is described by meteorologists as
French explorers called “Le Riviere de Moingona,”            “continental,” meaning there are marked seasonal           Estimate by Single Classification Race
most likely derived from the French words “de Moyen,”        contrasts in temperatures and precipitation. Average                 White                          90.3%
meaning the middle. The river area was surveyed in           temperatures: spring (47 F), summer (75 F), fall (50 F),             Black                           4.1%
1841.                                                        and winter (23 F). Average annual rainfall: 33 inches;               American Indian
                                                             snowfall: 33 inches.                                                 or Alaska Native                 .4%
Two years later Fort Des Moines was established,                                                                                  Asian                           2.1%
and in 1846 the town became the county seat of Polk                                                                               Other Race                      1.8%
County. Iowa was admitted to statehood on December           County Populations                                                   Two or more races               1.3%
28, 1846. A proclamation was issued declaring the                                                                                 Hispanic Ethnicity              5.5%
establishment of the state capital in Des Moines, and        Boone County                          26,245               Average Household Size                    2.54
“Fort” was dropped from the name in 1857.                    Dallas County                         47,845
                                                             Jasper County                         37,859
The State Capitol was completed in 1886. Construction        Marion County                         32,527
on the Des Moines riverfront began in 1933 and the           Madison County                        14,659               Income Per Capita                         $26,164
skywalk system was started in 1972.                          Marshall County                       39,027               Average Household Income                  $64,669
                                                             Polk County                          392,872               Median Household Income                   $53,097
                                                             Story County                          83,964               State of Iowa Per Capita Income           $21,261
Economic Base
                                                             Warren County                         42,397
Trade Area:
                                                             Central Iowa Total:                  717,395
Approximately 650,000 people (22 percent of the state’s
                                                                                                                        Land Area                                 2,912 square miles
population) live within a one-hour drive of Des Moines.
                                                                                                                        Land Area (City of Des Moines only)       77.25 square miles
Major Industries:
Major industries include finance and insurance,
government, manufacturing, trade and service.

Des Moines is a Port of Entry for U.S. Customs and has a
Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) in operation.
                                                                                   Greater Des Moines
                                                                                          At-A-Glance                                                            Look who’s talking about...
                                                                                            Continued                                                            Greater Des Moines
  Property Tax Rates

   CITY                               CONSOLIDATED TAX RATE For 2005
                                                                                                                Kiplinger’s, June 2007                            Urban Land, April 2007
                                            PER $1,000 VALUE
                                                                                                                Des Moines was ranked in the top five             “The downtown continues to add hundreds of
  Altoona                                          $36.74                                                       metro areas in the country for people who         housing units each year, and the pedestrian-
  Ankeny                                           $37.86                                                       are married with kids. The magazine also          friendly East Village neighborhood hosts
  Bondurant                                        $41.28                                                       gave Des Moines high marks for lifestyles         a thriving nightlife, with restored historic
  Carlisle                                         $38.40                                                       well suited to young singles and mid-level        buildings and retail and restaurants pitched
                                                                                   Kiplinger’s, June 2007
  Clive                                            $33.00                                                       professionals.                                    to a young, creative crowd.”
                                                                                   Des Moines was ranked in
  Des Moines                                       $45.65                          the top five metro areas     Moody’s, May 2007                     USA Today, April 2007
  Grimes                                           $40.92                          in the country for people    “The Des Moines economy broke a new record        “And where might you go and not get killed
  Indianola                                        $37.13                          who are married with kids.   in the first quarter of 2007 and is among the     by the natives as you cross the street? Des
  Johnston                                         $38.59                          The magazine also gave       fastest growing metros in the Midwest. The        Moines. It’s the No. 1 city with the best
  Norwalk                                          $41.65                          Des Moines high marks        substantial number of high-paying financial       drivers. An A+.”
  Pleasant Hill                                    $40.08                          for lifestyles well suited   jobs means that Des Moines’ per capita            Expansion Management, February 2007
  Polk City                                        $34.58                          to young singles and mid-    income is comfortably above the national          Des Moines is one of America’s 50 Hottest
  Urbandale                                        $32.18                          level professionals.         average. The metro area has a well-educated       Cities. The magazine asked 80 prominent site
  Waukee                                           $39.33                                                       workforce, low business costs, and produced       location consultants to list their choices for
  West Des Moines                                  $35.80                                                       nearly 35% of the total job gains in the state    the best cities for expanding and relocating
  Windsor Heights                                  $41.31                                                       in 2006.”                                         companies. “Without question, a good
                                                                                                                                                                  working relationship is vital between cities
Taxes and Fees                                                                                                  Bizjournals, April 2007
                                                                                                                                                                  and site location consultants. For those
                                                                                                                Des Moines ranked third among medium
State Sales Tax: Five percent on personal property except food, prescription                                                                                      on the America’s 50 Hottest Cities list, they
                                                                                                                metros for young adult job seekers, with over
drugs and medical devices; additional 1 percent is collected in the Des Moines                                                                                    prove how important that relationship is.”
                                                                                                                30% of people age 18-34 with bachelor’s
MSA, for a total of 6 percent sales tax.                                                                        degrees, and 4.3% of householders under the       Chicago Tribune, December 2006
                                                                                                                age of 25 with incomes of $75,000 or more.        “I hit Des Moines first and stumbled into a
State Corporate Income Tax: Single Factor (only taxed on in-state sales)                                                                                          rockin’ farmers market that went on and on
                                                                                                                Forbes, April 2007
                                                                                                                                                                  for blocks, with street musicians and a big
Federal Taxes Deductible: Corporate - 50 percent; Individual - 100 percent                                      Des Moines ranked 4th in Forbes ‘Top Ten
                                                                                                                                                                  brass band. They also threw a beer party
                                                                                                                Best Places for Business and Careers’. “Des
                                                                                                                                                                  at the zoo, and I caught a baseball game
                                                                                                                Moines’ financial services sector employs
Homestead Tax Credit                                                                                            45,000, or 15% of the workforce – two and a
                                                                                                                                                                  between the Iowa Cubs and the Albuquerque
                                                                                                                                                                  Isotopes (Cubbies win!). That made for a
                                                                                                                half times the U.S. average. Even with these
If you are a first time home buyer you may qualify for the Homestead Tax Credit.                                                                                  surprisingly entertaining weekend.”
                                                                                                                high-paying jobs, overall business costs are
Contact the Polk County Treasurer at 515-286-3060 to learn more.
                                                                                                                still 9% below the national average.”
                                                                                                                          Working Here
“Career” and “life” aren’t mutually exclusive terms in Greater Des Moines. We live                                                       The Greater Des Moines area is located at the crossroads of Interstates 80 and 35, making it one of the few metro
a balanced life here, one that values both home and office.                                                                              areas that sit at the intersection of major interstates running from coast-to-coast and border-to-border. The area
                                                                                                                                         enjoys one of the shortest commute times in the nation with a 19.2 minute average commute. In addition, the area
The Greater Des Moines Partnership web site offers tools for job-seekers. To peruse
                                                                                                                                         is served by the Des Moines International Airport (DSM), four general aviation airports, 58 motor freight carriers,
information about available jobs, or to post your resume to our database, visit us
                                                                                                                                         local and regional bus service, several railroads and an extensive trails system.
online at:
                                    then click “Employment”                           Employment
                                                                                                                                         Airlines                                                         Central Location
Major Industries                                                                      Major Industries, CBSA:
                                                                                        Services              37.59%                     Local Airport:
                                                                                        Retail Trade          18.38%                                                                                      Major Highways:
Major industries include:                                                               Finance, Insurance,
                                                                                                                                         Des Moines International Airport, 515-256-5100                    East/West: Interstate 80, US 6
          Finance and insurance                                                         Real Estate           15.05%                                                                                       North/South: Interstate 35, US 69
          Government                                                                    Public Admin.          7.68%                     Average travel time to downtown: 17 minutes                      Miles from:
          Manufacturing                                                                 Manufacturing          6.99%
                                                                                        Wholesale Trade        4.90%                                                                                       Chicago (334)
          Trade and service                                                             Construction           4.32%
                                                                                                                                         Number of Airlines: 11 (including commuter airlines)              Kansas City (194)
                                                                                        Transportation &                                                                                                   Milwaukee (375)
Largest Private Employers in Greater Des Moines                                         Communications         3.65%                     Non-Stop Destination            # Daily Flights
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Minneapolis/St. Paul (244)
                                                                                      Occupations, CBSA:                                                                                                   Omaha (135)
1. Allied Insurance - A Nationwide Company (Insurance/Financial Services)                                                                Atlanta (ATL)                             4
                                                                                        Admin. Support           21.73%                                                                                    St. Louis (432)
2. Central Iowa Hospital Corp. (Health Care)                                            Professional Specialty
                                                                                                                                         Chicago (ORD)                             12
3. Hy-Vee Food Stores, Inc. (Retail/Grocery)                                            Occupations              15.36%                  Cincinnati (CVG)                          5
4. Mercy Hospital Medical Center (Health Care)                                          Other Services,                                  Cleveland (CLE)                           2
5. Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. (Plant Genetics and Agricultural Sciences)        Site-based               12.91%                  Dallas (DFW)                              5
6. Principal Life Insurance Co. (Insurance/Financial Services)
                                                                                        Exec. Managers &
                                                                                                                                         Denver (DEN)                              6
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Local Bus Service:
                                                                                        Administrators           12.74%
7. United Parcel Service (Shipping Services)                                                                                             Detroit (DTW)                             4                      The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, or
8. Wal-Mart, Inc. (Retail)                                                                                                               Houston (IAH)                             3                      DART, provides bus service throughout the metro
9. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (Financial Services/Mortgage)                                                                               Las Vegas (LAS)                           1                      area. Learn more about route, fair and schedule
10. Wells Fargo Financial (Financial Services)                                                                                           Los Angeles (LAX)                         1                      information online at or by
                                                                                                                                         Memphis (MEM)                             3                      calling 515-283-8100.
Relocation Packet                                                                                                                        Milwaukee (MKE)                           3
                                                                                                                                         Minneapolis (MSP)                         9
                                                                                                                                         New York (LGA)                            1                      Over the Road Service:
If you’re reading this online, contact us at 800-376-9059 to request a hard copy of
our relocation packet that includes copies of real estate and neighborhood guides,                                                       Orlando (MCO)                             1
                                                                                                                                         Phoenix (PHX)                             2                      Greater Des Moines is served by Greyhound,
the “Des Moines Intro” magazine, information on downtown’s nightlife and more.                                                                                                                            Jefferson Bus Lines and Burlington Trailways for
We also have a “Welcome to Des Moines” DVD you don’t want to miss.                                                                       Salt Lake City (SLC)                      1
                                                                                                                                                                                                          travel within the state or throughout the country.
                                                                                                                                         St. Louis (STL)                           3
                                                                                                                                         Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg(PIE)             2
                                                                                                                                         Washington D.C. (DCA)                     1
                                                                               Housing Information                                                                                                                          Housing Information
 Downtown loft …Elegant suburban showplace …A family-                               Cost of Living Comparison
 friendly three-bedroom near an amazing school …Quaint,                                                                             Apartment Rental Rate Comparison
 bungalow in an arty, historic neighborhood …An acreage with                   URBAN AREA                 COMPOSITE INDEX
 plenty of room for horses …                                                                                U.S. 100.0                AREA                          EFFICIENCY             1-BEDROOM               2-BEDROOM      3-BEDROOM
                                                                               New York, NY                       201.2             East Side                          $405                    $453                    $554         $687
 Name your housing preference — Greater Des Moines has it.                                                        174.8
                                                                            San Francisco, CA                                       South Side                         $438                    $515                    $582         $742
                                                                               Honolulu, HI                       158.7
                                                                       Los Angeles/Long Beach, CA                 157.4             West Side                          $429                    $513                    $603         $738
 Real Estate & Housing                                                       Philadelphia, PA                     125.6             West Close-In                      $474                    $554                    $709          *
                                                                                Seattle, WA                       115.8
 The median cost for a single-family home                                                                                           West Suburbs                       $500                    $632                    $696         $892
                                                                         Miami-Dade County, FL                    115.4
 is $145,500. Over 68% of homes in the Des                                                                                          Average Greater Des Moines
 Moines CBSA are owned by their occupants.                                     Portland, OR                       112.7                                                $449                    $561                    $646         $863
 For more information contact:                                                  Denver, CO                         99.6             High-Rise                          $500                    $670                    $841         $982
                                                                                Phoenix, AZ                        99.0
 Des Moines Area Association of Realtors                                                                                            Altoona                            $400                    $489                    $583          *
                                                                                Atlanta, GA                        97.7
 1370 N.W. 114th St., Suite 100                                                 Tampa, FL                          97.2             Ankeny                             $399                    $487                    $609         $700
 Clive, IA 50325
 515-453-1064                                                                    Austin, TX                        97.0             Indianola                             *                    $415                    $570          *                                                        Des Moines, IA                       93.1
                                                                                                                                    Average of all                     $456                    $582                    $654         $880
                                                                       Housing in Greater Des Moines is priced at 88.6 percent of        units surveyed
 Home Builders Association of Greater Des
 Moines                                                                the national average.
 P.O. Box 649                                                                                                                       *Insufficient data available
 Johnston, IA 50131                                                   Compare the cost of living in Greater Des                     SOURCE: CB Richard Ellis/Hubbell Commercial Apartment Survey by Carlson, McClure & Assoc.
 515-270-8500                                                         Moines to other places in the United States at                      
                                                                                                                                    Downtown Living
 Energy & Utilities
                                                                                                                                    In contrast to the suburbanization of America, there is an exciting trend taking place in Des Moines. The
Once you find a place that fits your style, contact the following places to get service hooked up:                                  synergies created by new downtown developments and revitalization efforts are luring many residents
                                                                                                                                    back to the area’s commercial center. Young professionals, senior executives, couples with children,
Electric Power Supplier & Natural Gas Local Distributor: MidAmerican Energy Company, 888-285-6808.                                  retirees and people of all ages are discovering that downtown offers everything they want in a community.
                                                                                                                                    Lofts, condos and brownstones are among the more than 1,500 housing units either completed or under
Local Telephone Service: Qwest, 1-866-285-6808                                                                                      construction in downtown Des Moines. For complete information, see the Downtown Development guide
                                                                                                                                    online at:
Cable Television Service: MediaCom, 515-246-1890
Contact your local city hall for information about turning your water on, as well as contacts for your local garbage
company and other services. A full list of city halls is located on the Area City Halls and County Offices page.
                                                                                       Education                                                                                                            Education

You’ll find an impressive array of world-class educational opportunities
in Greater Des Moines — public, private, pre-school, K-12, colleges,
universities, community colleges, trade schools and more.
                                                                                                             Primary/Secondary Education

                                                                            THIRD highest public high   This list shows the three largest districts in the metro area, but all of our schools are world-class. See a full list
                                                                             school graduation rate     of districts online at:
Colleges & Universities                                                                       
                                                                              MORGAN QUITNO PRESS
Institution                                                Students                                                                                                Students Faculty              Ratio

AIB College of Business                                    938                                          Des Moines Independent Schools                             32,571 2,074                  16
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)                  13,719                                       1800 Grand Ave.
Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center           1,200                                        Des Moines, IA 50309
Des Moines Higher Education Collaborative                  n/a                                          (515) 242-7911
Drake University                                           5,164
Faith Baptist College/Seminary                             533                                          West Des Moines Community Schools                          8,694     523                 17
Graceland University College                                                 Des Moines was named       3550 Mills Civic Pkwy.
Grand View College                                         1,630              THIRD best city for its   West Des Moines, IA 50266
Hamilton Business College                                                   Metrowide Public Schools    (515) 226-2700
Mercy College of Health Sciences                           552
Simpson College                                            1,937             EXPANSION MANAGEMENT       Ankeny Community Schools                                   5,568     294                 19
University of Phoenix                                                         2007 Education Quotient   306 S.W. School St.
Upper Iowa University                                                                                   Ankeny, IA 50021
                                                                                                        (515) 965-6900
State Universities
                                                                                                        Total Central Iowa Public School Enrollment:                                           79,641
The following state schools are only a few hours from Greater Des Moines.
                                                                                                        Total Central Iowa Private School Enrollment:                                           7,536
Iowa State University – 26,160
University of Iowa – 29,979                                                                             Total Central Iowa Public/Private School Enrollment:                                   87,177
University of Northern Iowa – 12,513
                                                                                       Area City Halls
                                                                                   and County Offices                                                                              Area Chambers
                                                                                                                                                                                  and Organizations
Contact your local city hall for information about turning
your water on, as well as contacts for other utility         Area City Halls                                        African-American Business Association (AABA)   Johnston Area Chamber of Commerce
companies including phone, gas, garbage and the like.                                                               515-286-4950                                   515-331-2265
                                                             Altoona City Hall
The county can help you with voter registration, car                                    Johnston City Hall
                                                             407 Eighth St. SE          6221 Merle Hay Rd.
registration and related services.                           Altoona, IA 50009          Johnston, IA 50131          ALIANZA (Latino Business Association)          Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce
                                                             515-967-5136               515- 278-2344               515-286-4937                                   515-981-0619
                                                             Ankeny City Hall           Norwalk City Hall
                                                             410 W. First St.           705 North Ave.
                                                             Ankeny, IA 50023           Norwalk, IA 50211           Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce               Pleasant Hill Area Chamber of Commerce
                                                             515- 965-6407              515- 981-0228               515-967-3366                                   515-261-0466
Dallas County –      Dallas County Courthouse                Bondurant City Hall        Polk City City Hall
                     801 Court St.                           200 Second St. NE          112 Third St.               Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce                Polk City Chamber of Commerce
                                                             Bondurant, IA 50035        Polk City, IA 50226
                     P.O. Box 38, Adel, IA 50003             515 -967-2418              515-984-6233                515-964-0685                                   515-402-5427
                     Phone: (515) 993-5804                                                                                       
                                                             Carlisle City Hall         Pleasant Hill City Hall
                        195 N. First St.           5160 Maple Dr., Suite A     Bondurant Chamber of Commerce                  South Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
                                                             Carlisle, IA 50047         Pleasant Hill, IA 50327     515-967-9981                                   515-286-4996
                                                             515 -989-3224              515- 262-9368
Polk County --       Polk County Administration Building                                                               
                     111 Court Ave.                          Clive City Hall            Urbandale City Hall
                     Des Moines, IA 50309                    1900 N.W. 114th St.        3600 86th St.               Carlisle Chamber of Commerce                   Urbandale Area Chamber of Commerce
                                                             Clive, IA 50325            Urbandale, IA 50322         515-989-2605                                   515-331-6855
                     (515) 286-3000                          515- 223-6220              515- 278-3900                 
                                                             Des Moines City Hall       Waukee City Hall
                                                             400 Robert D. Ray Dr.      230 Highway 6               Clive Area Chamber of Commerce                 Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce
Warren County --     Warren County Courthouse                Des Moines, IA 50309       Waukee, IA 50266            515-286-4949                                   515-987-7115
                     301 N Buxton St.
                                                             515 -283-4500              515-987-4522                       
                     Indianola, IA 50125                     Grimes City Hall           West Des Moines City Hall   East Des Moines Chamber of Commerce            West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
                     (515) 961-1020                          101 N. Harvey St.          4200 Mills Civic Pkwy.
                                                             Grimes, IA 50111           P.O. Box 65230              515-225-6009                                   515-225-6009
               515 -986-3036              West Des Moines, IA 50265                   
                                                             Indianola City Hall        Windsor Heights City Hall   Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute        Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce
                                                             110 N. First St.           1133 66th St.               515-286-4980                                   515-279-3662
                                                             Indianola, IA 50125        Des Moines, IA 50311
                                                             515-961-9410               515- 279-3662                             
                                                                                                                    Grimes Chamber & Economic Development          Women’s Chamber Alliance
                                                                                                                                                                   Young Professionals Connection
                                                                                                                    Indianola Chamber of Commerce                  515-286-4924
                                                                                                Resources                                                                                                     Resources
 Below are a list of community resources to help you get started living in Greater Des Moines. If there’s
 something you don’t see here, please feel free to contact us at 800-376-9059. We’ll be glad to try and help.        Hospitals                                                 Driver’s License
     Senior Resources                                            Religious Affiliations                              Broadlawns Medical Center                                 The full-service driver’s license station is
                                                                                                                     1801 Hickman Rd.                                          located at the Iowa Motor Vehicle Division Bldg:
Aging Resources of Central Iowa                                  People in Greater Des Moines choose from a          Des Moines, IA 50314                                      6310 SE Convenience Blvd., Ankeny, IA 50021.
5835 Grand Ave., Suite 106                                       variety of religions. We have too many places of    515-282-2449                                              515-244-9124
Des Moines, IA 50312                                             worship to list, so have provided some resources
515-255-1310                                                     to find a place of worship that is right for you.
                                                                                                                                                                               Hours are Tuesday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
                                                                                                                     Iowa Health – Des Moines                                  Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Senior Citizen Information Service                               Des Moines Area Religious Council
                                                                                                                     Methodist, Lutheran, Blank Children’s
2116 Grand Ave.                                                  3816 36th St.
                                                                                                                     1200 Pleasant St.                                         To renew, you can go to Oliver Plaza:
Des Moines, IA 50312                                             Des Moines, IA 50309
                                                                                                                     Des Moines, (A 50309                                      2339 Euclid Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310
515-246-6555                                                     515-277-6969
                                                                                                                     515- 241-6212
                                                                 Islamic Center of Des Moines                                                      Car Registration
     Cultural Organizations
                                                                 6201 Franklin Ave.
                                                                 Des Moines, IA 50322                                Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines                         For car registration call the Polk County
Deaf Services Commission of Iowa
                                                                 515- 255-0212                                       1111 Sixth Ave.                                           Treasurer’s Office at 515-286-3060.
                                                                                                                     Des Moines, IA 50314
                                                                 Jewish Federation of Greater                        515-247-3050
Iowa Department of the Blind                                                                                                                                                   More Information
                                                                 Des Moines                                
                                                                 910 Polk Blvd.
                                                                 Des Moines, IA 50312                                V.A. Central Iowa Health Care System                      Feel free to write or call us, or visit our web site,
Division of Persons with Disabilities
                                                                 515-277-6321                                        3600 30th St.                                             for lots more information about moving here and                                                                                                                    living here. You can reach us at:
                                                                                                                     Des Moines, IA 50310
                                                                 Roman Catholic Diocese of                           515-669-5999
Iowa Asian Alliance                                                                                                                                                                 Greater Des Moines Partnership
                                                                 Des Moines                                                                                                                                                                                      700 Locust St., Suite 100
                                                                 601 Grand Ave.
Latinos Unidos
                                                                 Des Moines, IA 50309                                Voter Registration                                                 Des Moines, IA 50309
                                                                 515- 243-7653                                                                                                              1.800.376.9059
                                                                                                                     Voters must be U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or
Capital City Pride                                                                                                   older, and registered to vote at least 10 days prior                                                                                           to a primary or general election. Re-registration is
                                                                                                                     required if a voter fails to vote in elections for four
Other organizations such as the African-American Business Association, the Latino                                    years. You may register to vote at Polk, Dallas and
Business Association and Young Professionals Connections are listed on the Area                                      Warren Counties or at any local city hall.
Chambers and Organizations page.

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