Helping Des Moines, Iowa refine its transportation strategy


Des Moines, Iowa wants to know how best to measure the performance of its transportation system and identify priorities in its long-term transportation plan. Next week, Des Moines officials and local residents will meet with Smart Growth America staff to receive assistance with this process.

Smart Growth America will be hosting a two-day workshop with the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization on July 9 and 10, 2013. On Tuesday, July 9, Des Moines residents are invited to join a public information session, to be held at 5:30 PM at the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization offices, 420 Watson Powell, Jr., Way, Suite 200.

“The Smart Growth America technical assistance workshop will build upon the momentum of The Tomorrow Plan as the MPO moves into the next iteration of our long-range transportation plan. The assistance will help ensure that all projects included in the plan are performance driven, support smart growth principles, and save taxpayers money,” said Todd Ashby, Executive Director of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.

“Smart Growth America is committed to providing training to help local community leaders keep cities and towns livable, sustainable and vital places,” said Roger Millar, Smart Growth America Vice President. “Using the impetus of The Tomorrow Plan, Greater Des Moines is embracing tools that will enable them to make decisions based on sound smart growth principles, moving them forward in their vision of a more sustainable transportation system.”

The Des Moines workshop is part of our free technical assistance program, available each year to select communities. Smart Growth America’s technical assistance program is made possible through a five-year Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities. Through technical assistance, Smart Growth America endeavors to help local leaders develop local planning solutions that help communities grow in ways that benefit families and businesses, while protecting the environment and preserving a sense of place.

For more information on the Des Moines worksop, see our press release. For more information on Smart Growth America’s ongoing technical assistance work, see our Technical Assistance page.

Workshop Materials

Technical assistance