Newsroom

The Des Moines Area MPO strives to provide members of the media with timely, relevant and fact-based information, analysis, data and maps to help elevate the community conversation about the current status and future of Greater Des Moines.

Media Resources

The Des Moines Area MPO is a rich source of information about Greater Des Moines, and its staff seeks to make that information readily available to members of the media. The MPO can provide the following resources to media:

  • Documents
  • Data
  • Customized maps
  • Neighborhood-level demographic information

Areas of Expertise

The MPO has expertise and in-depth knowledge of the following subject areas, especially relating specifically to Greater Des Moines:

  •  Planning
    • Regional Sustainability
    • Transportation
    • Land Use
    • Water Trails
    • Watershed Management Authorities
  •  Transportation
    • Active Surface Transportation Projects
    • The regions’s short- and long-term term plans for improving the transportation system
    • Conditions of existing transportation assets such as roads and bridge
    • Complete Streets
    • Multimodal Studies
    • Bicycle & Pedestrian

Media Contact

Gunnar Olson | Communications Manager

 Gunnar

The primary spokesperson and media contact for the Des Moines Area MPO is communications manager Gunnar Olson. A former journalist with The Des Moines Register, Olson aims to respond to all media inquiries quickly and comprehensively. Members of the media are invited to call or email him whenever working on stories relating directly to the MPO or on matters related to the MPO’s areas of expertise.

Email: golson@dmampo.org
Phone: 515-334-0075
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/gunnarbolson
Twitter: @gunnarbolson

Press Releases

October 2017

October 25, 2017 — Des Moines Area MPO recognized nationally for Outstanding Overall Achievement
October 6, 2017 — Des Moines Area MPO recognized with five statewide awards

September 2017

September 27, 2017 — Expert Don Shoup to talk “Parkability: The Price and Politics of Parking”
September 25, 2017 — The Dam Debate III, regional open houses announced for Water Trails Engineering Study
September 14, 2017 — Speaker says form-based zoning is quicker for developers, better for communities

August 2017

August 29, 2017 — Federal review find Des Moines Area MPO is a national model, setting best practices

June 2017

June 30, 2017 — With fund-raising complete, Water Trails Engineering Study gets underway
June 29, 2017 — New online tool lets companies find empty containers and save on shipping
June 8, 2017 — MPO funding announced for projects advancing regional goals
June 7, 2017 — Rick Tollakson recognized nationally for regional leadership on water trails

May 2017

May 22, 2017  — Iowa Data Bike looks out for future of paved trails
May 18, 2017 — Report Central Iowa trails busiest in May – Bike Month
May 3, 2017 — Planners’ Bike Ride and Iowa Data Bike Unveiling

March 2017

March 23, 2017 — Speaker says housing could make or break future of Greater Des Moines_ economy

January 2017

January 23, 2017 — With $75,000 grant, pilot project seeks to improve health with walkable schools
January 5, 2017 — Public asked to help decide which transportation projects to fund

December 2016

December 1, 2016 — Speaker Daniel Parolek makes case for “Missing Middle Housing”

November 2016

November 3, 2016 — Speaker David Fields says walkability needs to extend beyond downtown

October 2016

October 31, 2016 — With Complete Streets projects, cities invite healthful use by active people

September 2016

September 15, 2016 — Speaker Gabe Klein: ‘Start-Up’ cities can get projects done quickly
September 6. 2016 — Public-invited-to-drive-electric-dsm-car-show

August 2016

August 11, 2016 — Altoona commits to designing streets for all users with new policy
August 4, 2016 — Supervisor Angela Connolly recognized nationally for leadership

July 2016

July 20, 2016 — Detailed plan finalized to improve Walnut Creek and Walnut Creek Watershed Plan Fact Sheet
July 8, 2016 — Public invited to presentations on draft water trails plan

June 2016

June 27, 2016 — Urbandale’s Complete Streets policy commits to designing streets for all users
June 23, 2016 — The Dam Debate II: Bring river recreation to downtown Des Moines?
June 13, 2016 — Draft recommendations – Develop abundant regional network of river recreation
June 3, 2016 — Paddling professor to give talk on wildlife of urban waterways

May 2016

May 23, 2016 — Residents asked to participate in travel survey for Greater Des Moines
May 17, 2016 — MPO funding announced for projects advancing regional goals

April 2016

April 29, 2016 — Midwest mayors discuss the politics and payoff of walkability
April 15, 2016 — Public invited to wade into ‘The Dam Debate’

March 2016

March 16, 2016 — Public workshops: What do you want to do on rivers of Greater Des Moines?
March 16, 2016 — Pleasant Hill’s new Complete Streets policy commits to designing streets for all users
March 8, 2016 — Maureen Collins kicks off speaker series with talk on sharing economy
March 3, 2016 — International praise for Greater Des Moines’ effort for more sustainable development

February 2016

February 16, 2016 — New ‘State of the Rivers’ Report finds great potential for river recreation in region

January 2016

January 12, 2016 — Greater Des Moines is one of seven U.S. regions selected for national academy
January 8, 2016 — Watershed plan will aim to improve Walnut Creek
January 6, 2016 — River history series kicks off as part of water trails regional planning effort
January 5, 2016 — Public asked to help decide which local transportation projects to fund

December 2015

December 3, 2015 — $75,000 in grants awarded to Complete Streets projects

November 2015

November 17, 2015 — Metro improves on some, not all, measures of transportation performance

October 2015

October 22, 2015 — Supervisor Angela Connolly recognized nationally for leadership
October 22, 2015 — MPO Executive Director Todd Ashby recognized nationally for leadership
October 8, 2015 — Explore upcoming metro transportation projects on new online map

September 2015

September 30, 2015 — Help shape future of Walnut Creek at Oct. 7 open house
September 15, 2015 — Public meeting set for proposed changes to long-range transportation plan
September 10, 2015 — Explore aquatic wildlife of Des Moines River at special event
September 3, 2015 — Report shows 16 impediments to freight in and out of Greater Des Moines

August 2015

August 18, 2015 — Grants now available for projects making streets safer for all users
August 5, 2015 — Artwork ‘Wading Bridge,’ pulled early, showed dynamics of the river

July 2015

July 22, 2015 — ‘Wading Bridge’ invites people to reconnect with the river
July 9, 2015 — Paddling and pontoon tours feature Des Moines River history
July 8, 2015 — With new policy, Windsor Heights commits to designing streets for all users
July 1, 2015 — Auto crashes causing death or injury have declined in Greater Des Moines

June 2015

June 8, 2015 — Once a ‘gap,’ High Trestle Trail Bridge is now top spot of 600 miles of trails

May 2015

May 28, 2015 — Region starts conversation on future of waterways
May 19, 2015 — Public invited to an art unveiling to kick off water trails plan
May 13, 2015 — How development patterns impact West Des Moines’ budget
May 7, 2015 — Metro housing less affordable when transportation factored

April 2015

April 30, 2015 — MPO funding announced for projects advancing regional goals
April 20, 2015 — Open house for Walnut Creek Watershed on April 29
April 2, 2015 — 2050 Forecast – Population of 750,000 is older, more diverse

March 2015

March 24, 2015 — The Tomorrow Plan 2015 Speakers Series Announced
March 5, 2015 — 45 metro bridges deemed structurally deficient

February 2015

February 9, 2015 — Public asked to help decide which local transportation projects get MPO funding
February 2, 2015 — Metro road conditions will worsen at current funding levels

January 2015

January 26, 2015 — Twenty local governments support more state transportation funding
January 21, 2015 — Walnut Creek gets new Watershed Management Authority

December 2015

December 10, 2014 — Des Moines Metro Driving Less

October 2014

October 6, 2014 — MPO Extends Public Comment Timeline for Long Range Transportation Plan

September 2014

September 9, 2014 — Des Moines Area Study Recommends More Movement of Goods by Rail

August 2014

August 27, 2014 — MPO Board Adopts On-Street Feasibility Study

Public Records Requests

The Des Moines Area MPO is a government entity and, as such, subject to open records laws. To make a records request, please call or email communications manager Gunnar Olson at 515-334-0075 or golson@dmampo.org.