The Greater Des Moines Partnership (The Partnership) in conjunction with the City of Des Moines (City), Polk County (County) and Operation Downtown seek the services of a consulting team with broad experience in visioning, urban design, historic preservation, parking and transportation, market analysis, targeted retail development, citizen outreach and implementation for creation of an inclusive, community-owned new Downtown Vision and Action Plan for Des Moines, Iowa, along with a Strategic Plan for the Downtown business improvement district. The selected consulting team will be expected to use a multi-disciplinary approach that combines local knowledge and leadership with world-class expertise. The consultant will work closely with The Partnership, City and County staff and Downtown Vision & Action Plan Steering Committee to establish the framework, timeline, public outreach and deliverables. The Steering Committee is made up of funding partners, including The Partnership, City, County, Operation Downtown, Bravo Greater Des Moines, Catch Des Moines, Des Moines Regional Transit Authority (DART), Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce, Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and FuseDSM.
The Downtown Vision and Action Plan will ‘roll up’ into a larger regional vision plan (Capital Crossroads), which will be updated in 2022.
In addition to a Downtown Vision Plan and Action Plan, but in conjunction with this Plan and part of the RFP, Operation Downtown, Downtown Des Moines’ business improvement district, seeks a Strategic Plan to clarify vision and mission, and better define its scope of services. The consultant will work closely with the Operation Downtown Board of Directors on this component.