Celebrating a Year of Growth and Achievements in 2023

As we bid farewell to 2023, we can’t help but reflect on the incredible year of growth and achievements that have shaped the City of West Des Moines’ Community and Economic Development. It has been a journey filled with milestones that have left an indelible mark on our community. Join us as we take a glimpse into the unforgettable moments that defined this remarkable year.

Community & Economic Development

The year 2023 marked a significant transition for the CED department as we welcomed a new department director for the first time in over three decades. The seamless transition was a testament to the meticulous planning and foresight of our city leadership, ensuring that the hiring and onboarding process unfolded as smoothly as possible. This change has set the stage for a new era of innovation and progress within our department.

Engineering & Development

One of the most notable achievements of the year was the substantial completion of the Digital Enterprise Conduit Network. This groundbreaking infrastructure project has had a profound impact on every resident and business in our city. The resulting system has positioned West Des Moines at the forefront, providing expedited access to a variety of internet providers without continuous disruption along the right of way. Additionally, our team processed approximately 1,700 permits and development applications, conducting nearly 20,000 building inspections to support an impressive $1.3 billion in new building valuation. These accomplishments have laid the foundation for continued growth and prosperity in our city.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At the heart of our achievements is our unwavering commitment to fostering a culture of learning and inclusion within our organization. The “DiverCity Lunch & Learn” series stands as a testament to our dedication to embracing diversity and promoting equity. This monthly initiative has provided our employees with invaluable opportunities to explore and appreciate various cultures, perspectives, and experiences within our organization and community. It is through initiatives like these that we continue to strengthen the fabric of our city.

To Our Community

As we look back on this incredible journey, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has been a part of our success. Your dedication, passion, and unwavering support have been instrumental in shaping the remarkable year that was 2023. As we embark on a new year, we eagerly anticipate even more achievements, growth, and shared moments in 2024.

Here’s to a year filled with endless possibilities and continued success!