A summary of the functions of the department are as follows:

Housing: The City of West Des Moines works with two housing programs in an administrative capacity: the Dallas County Local Housing Trust Fund and the Metro Home Improvement Program. The department works with the boards of directors or management committees for the different funds to set policy and oversee the operations of the programs. The department also serves as the administrator for the Community Development Block Grant Program funds the City receives through the United State Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Economic Development: The department has the leading responsibility for economic development in the City. Activities include assisting small and large businesses with expansion and growth, business recruitment, marketing the city at a regional and national level, negotiating development agreements, enabling the creation of a diverse economy and employment base for the City, and expanding and diversifying the City’s tax base. These activities are further outlined in the 2010 Economic Development Plan.

2017 Economic Development Strategy

Contact Information

If you would like more information concerning any of the programs or services mentioned on the following pages, please contact the Community and Economic Development Department at 515-273-0770. The Community and Economic Development Department's hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Department is located at:

City of West Des Moines
Community and Economic Development Dept
4200 Mills Civic Pkwy
P.O. Box 65320
West Des Moines, IA 50265-0320

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