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Downtown Chamber Calendar at-a-glance


Downtown Council

Tue., July 7 – 8:00am – 9:00am

Hosted by Holiday Inn Downtown

Register Here (Free to Members and NonMembers)


Ribbon Cutting 

Thur., July 9 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Des Moines Police Officers Credit Union

Open to All – no registration required


LEAP Series – Political Equality

Fri., July 10 – 8:00am – 9:30am

Holiday Inn Downtown

Register for this Workshop

(click here for a Full Series Calendar)


Summer Luncheon Restaurant Series

Tues., July 28 – 12:00pm-1:00pm



Des Moines Art Festival

While the event name and venues have changed through the years, the festival mission remains unwavering — to educate, inspire and engage audiences toward a heightened appreciation of visual and other forms of art and to enhance our sense of pride in the Des Moines community.

Pride does indeed run deep in our city. In 2014, The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) presented the Des Moines Arts Festival the coveted Gold Grand Pinnacle Award, which translates as “the best festival in the world.” More than two million domestic and international visitors have attended the Festival through the years. This year’s festival encompasses a diverse selection of visual arts, live music, performing arts, interactive arts and a film festival. The event is being presented from June 26th- 28th in the Western Gateway Park.

To learn more about the artists and schedules click here

Smart Growth America: Businesses moving back downtown

Reported by the Business Record – 6/18/2015



Companies are moving downtown because workers like to be able to walk to attractions and to vibrant neighborhoods, Smart Growth America contends in a new report.


The organization interviewed 40 corporate executives selected from nearly 500 firms of varying sizes, and found the phenomenon in Cleveland, Newark, Indianapolis, San Diego and Des Moines, for example. The interviews found that executives wanted to find locations that allow workers to live and work downtown.


The report lists Kum & Go in Des Moines as an example. The company plans to move its headquarters from West Des Moines to downtown Des Moines, near a range of apartments and condos. City officials have indicated that company officials have discussed leaving a cafeteria out of plans for the complex to encourage employees to frequent nearby restaurants.


Moving a business downtown tends to put employees in an area with a better “walk score,” the report said. Des Moines ranked relatively low for both biking and walking. Smart Growth America is a research and advocacy group that encourages cities to design neighborhoods so housing is close to public transportation, making walking is easy, for example.


3rd Annual Open House
May. 28, 2015The Dickinson Law Newsroom

Three years ago, Dickinson Law launched an art program at the firm to give Iowa artists a free venue to display their work and to celebrate the talent we are fortunate to have throughout the state. These fine artists entrust us with their paintings, photographs, sculptures and other works for up to a year, and in June we hold an Open House for clients and guests that coincides with the first day of the Des Moines Arts Festival.This year, our Open House will be held Friday, June 26th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

Drinks and appetizers will be served while you admire the works of these eight talented artists: Eric Brockob; Bob Cooper; Reiko Cunningham; Judith Eastburn; Beth Ann Edwards; Floriana Hayes; Igor Nataliya Khalandovskiy; and Mary Kline Misol.

We look forward to seeing you this year as we celebrate our support of Iowa’s artists! Click here to RSVP.

Directions can be found here.



Fleet Feet Sports Des Moines, Inc. chosen as Small Business of the Month  

AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa is pleased to announce that Andy Roat, owner, Fleet Feet Sports Des Moines, Inc., is the winner of the SBDC’s Business of the Month Award.


Christina Moffatt, regional director of the Mid Iowa SBDC, Des Moines, says, “Andy is a network warrior who is always out attending or hosting events to grow his business.” She adds, “In less than a year, Andy has grown his business into a hub for runners, from beginners to seasoned professionals. Simply amazing!”


Fleet Feet Sports Des Moines, Inc. is a welcoming hub for runners and walkers in Des Moines. Along with evaluating people’s gait and natural biomechanics to help them select a shoe that offers the best fit and function, the company provides fun, fitness, education and encouragement through services and products that enable people to enjoy active lifestyles. At Fleet Feet Sports Des Moines, people of all ability levels will find an environment where they will receive unparalleled service and support.


The Business of the Month Award will be presented to Andy in Des Moines by SBDC Regional Director Christina Moffatt, who nominated him for the award. For more information on Fleet Feet Sports Des Moines, Inc., visit or the company’s Facebook page at


The America’s SBDC Iowa program is an outreach program of Iowa State University’s College of Business. Partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the organization has 15 regional assistance centers located strategically across the state. Since program inception in 1981, the Center has helped hundreds of thousands of Iowa businesses and entrepreneurs through no cost, confidential, customized, professional business counseling and practical, affordable training.


For more information on America’s SBDC Iowa programs or services, call (515) 294-2030 or visit