Topic: “Urbanization: Housing & Infrastructure Part 1″
Justin Mandelbaum, Mandelbaum Properties
Councilwoman Christine Hensley, City of Des Moines
Glenn Lyons, Neighborhood Development Corporation
Frank Levy, Newbury Management Company
Kris Saddoris, Hubbell Realty Company
Thurs., Oct. 1st – 3:30pm-4:30pm
Des Moines Social Club Basement
Fri., Oct. 9th – 11:30am-1:00pm
Holiday Inn Downtown
World Food Prize Breakfast
Speaker: Dr. Mark McLellan, Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at Utah State University. Read his bio Here.
Thurs., Oct. 18th – 7:30am-9:00am
The Downtown Chamber is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors. Nominations are open to any individual whose business is a member of the Downtown Chamber of Commerce. If a nominee is not a Chamber member at the time they turn in their paperwork, they must express written intent to become a Chamber member by the time they take a voting position on the Board.
Nominees are asked to submit a letter of interest, resume, and nomination application to Director@DesMoinesDowntownChamber.com or mail to Des Moines Downtown Chamber, 301 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309. Deadline for nominations is Thursday, October 1st, 2015 by 5:00pm.
Click this link for more information and the nomination form: Board Nomination Form
09/22/2015 – Reported by the Greater Des Moines Partnership
Two of the signature events in Downtown Des Moines were recognized on an international scale by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA). The Des Moines Arts Festival® and the Downtown Farmers’ Market have each won a number of awards during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at IFEA’s 60th Annual Convention & Expo in Tucson, AZ on Monday. The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition draws entries from the world’s top festivals and events.
The Des Moines Arts Festival® won a total of 26 awards, including the Gold Grand Pinnacle Award, the industry’s highest professional honor. In addition to the Gold Grand Pinnacle Award, the Festival won 7 Gold Awards, 12 Silver Awards and 6 Bronze Awards.
The Downtown Farmers’ Market won a total of 9 awards, including Gold Awards for the Best Cover Design, Best Single Newspaper Display Ad, Best Street Banner and Best New Merchandise. You can still experience the award-winning Downtown Farmers’ Market each Saturday through Oct. 31 in the Historic Court District.
Reported in the Business Record, Friday, September 18, 2015
Des Moines’ Urban Design Review Board will meet next week to consider preliminary designs for a convention hotel next to the Iowa Events Center and final review of the designs for Kum & Go LC’s headquarters in the Western Gateway downtown.
The meeting is set for 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in the City Council chambers at City Hall.
The 330-room convention center hotel, to be located at Fifth Avenue and Park Street, is a work in progress, and the design is still under review by Iowa Events Center Hotel Corp. The development team includes The Weitz Co., DLR Group, RDG Planning & Design and hotel consultant Ellis Katz. Hilton Worldwide Inc. will operate the hotel and is in on the design talks.
Backers are looking for ways to trim costs in the face of projections that the $100 million projected cost will rise by 5 to 7 percent.
The Urban Design Review Board’s preliminary review of the plans will precede votes by the Polk County Board of Supervisors and the Des Moines City Council.
The board will conduct its final review of the 120,000-square-foot, five-story Krause Gateway Center, the planned Kum & Go headquarters designed by international firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop, which has offices in New York, Genoa and Paris.
Led by Renzo Piano, the firm designed the New York Times building in New York City, the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing and the Rome Auditorium.
Krause Gateway Center’s modernistic features are expected to include a rooftop garden and park-like areas at ground level. Demolition on the site could begin as early as next week, and construction would be complete in early 2018, the company reported today. See the latest images, and read more details here.
Park at the 4th & Grand ramp (free), then head inside the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel to check-in and receive your custom champagne glass, swag bag full of gifts, and a signature cocktail before starting the Culture Crawl.
Then, tour 3 art deco style downtown buildings completed in the 1920’s.
US Bank Building, Des Moines Building, and Kirkwood Hotel Lobby.
At each location you will get complimentary drinks, including champagne, wine, beer, and moscow mules, as well as themed food. Live entertainment will greet you at each stop. Enjoy swing dancers, the talents of blues musician Frank Strong, and a 1920’s theater setting.
In addition to all of that, and the rooftop views, adorned ceilings, old-fashioned bank vaults, and architecture, you are also invited to the the Embassy Club’s 34th floor for an after party!
Get your tickets today!
(Themed-attire is optional)
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