About the Downtown Community Alliance

The Downtown Community Alliance (DCA) is dedicated to increasing urban vibrancy in Downtown Des Moines. We provide strategic urban planning, economic and business development, marketing, and public relations. We also produce signature events; and through Operation Downtown, a clean, safe and beautiful environment.

The Downtown Community Alliance, one of the four pillars of the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s work, is a champion, advocate and steward of downtown Des Moines. 

The DCA is leading efforts to revitalize Walnut Street integrating art, retail, restaurants and new housing. In addition, the DCA is working closely with the Des Moines Redevelopment Company to drive growth in the urban core.

The DCA works diligently to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of Downtown Des Moines by producing major public events. The Downtown Farmers' Markets - including the Saturday and Winter Markets, Des Moines Arts Festival, World Food & Music Festival, Out to Lunch, GuideOne ImaginEve! and the Wonder of Words Festival attracted nearly one million people to the city’s core in 2014, creating a unique and vibrant experience for all in attendance.