Our Mission

Your membership dollars help the Historic East Village Neighborhood Association Board strive for its mission to:

  • Promote the Historic East Village as Des Moines’ most vibrant and diverse district, boasting many of the finest shopping, dining, nightlife and commerce in Iowa.
  • Drive more foot traffic to your business and the neighborhood.
  • Beautify the neighborhood to create a fun and welcoming destination for you and your customers. Includes:
    • Neighborhood signage
    • Holiday lights and decorations (approximately $15,000 in annual costs)
  • Encourage developers and the City of Des Moines to adopt progressive Walkability standards.
  • Improve neighborhood safety, including advocating for stop signs and more visible crosswalks.
  • Organize and promote the Annual Holiday Promenade.

The HEV Board has identified key priorities to ensure this momentum continues in 2016:

  • First Friday in the East Village – Join us for the region’s finest retail shopping experience every first Friday of the month from 5-8 pm.
  • EV Social: Monthly social event launched in 2016 to bring residents, business owners and friends of the East Village together.
  • EV Forum: Initiating a Quarterly educational forum open to all members.
  • New website: Improving the experience for users and ensuring easy access to neighborhood information.
  • Wayfinding: Installing a wayfinding kiosk at the corner of East Locust Street and East Fourth Street.
  • Administrative Staff: Hiring administrative staff will allow us the ability to better meet the needs of our members.
  • Branding and Marketing: Promoting the Neighborhood throughout Central Iowa.
  • Grant Applications: Identifying key grants to continue improving the neighborhood.

Check out our East Village Bylaws here.

Meeting Times and Locations

Marketing Committee
Third Tuesday of the Month
8:00-9:00 am
AC Marriott
401 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Membership Committee
Third Tuesday of the Month
9:00 am
AC Marriott
401 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Economic Development Committee
First Friday of the Month
12:00-1:00 pm
Community Housing Initiative Offices
300 E Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

HEV Neighborhood Association Board Meetings
Fourth Monday of the Month
5:30-7:00 pm
Metro Waste Authority Building, Main floor conference room.
300 E Locust St #100, Des Moines, IA 50309

Meetings subject to change. Please reach out to info@eastvillagedesmoines.com to confirm meeting time and location.

2016-17 HEV Board Members

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    Chris LoRang

    Capital Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center

Chris LoRang
Board President
President@EastVillageDesMoines.com
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    Mark Tezak

    Resident

Mark Tezak
Board Vice President
VP@EastVillageDesMoines.com
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    Phil Bubb

    Fredrikson & Byron

Phil Bubb
Board Secretary
Secretary@EastVillageDesMoines.com
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    Ryan Bomer

    Iowa State Bank

Ryan Bomer
Board Treasurer
Treasurer@EastVillageDesMoines.com
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    Colleen MacRae

    Alba

Colleen MacRae
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    Sam Erickson

    Community Housing Initiatives

Sam Erickson
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    Josh Garrett

    Jett and Monkey’s Dog Shoppe

Josh Garrett
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    Ashley Holter

    Business Publication Corp.

Ashley Holter
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    Aaron Clutts

    LS2group

Aaron Clutts
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    Kelly Jo Parker

    East Village Spa

Kelly Jo Parker
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    Bradie Kuehne

    Christensen Development

Bradie Kuehne
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    Carol Wyckoff

    Reclaimed

Carol Wyckoff
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    Derek Johnson

    ISG

Derek Johnson
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    Taylor Frame

    Raygun

Taylor Frame
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    Nathan Gruver

    ISG

Nathan Gruver

What has HEV been up to lately?

View our monthly HEV Board Meeting Packet, including agenda and minutes, here. The HEV board works to enhance communication between area businesses, keep residents and business owners informed with a monthly newsletter and organizes great events such as Holiday Promenade and the East Village Spooky Paws Parade. Your contributions are vital to the success of Historic East Village. Please consider a tax-deductible donation (consult your tax advisory) or sponsorship today. Sign up to be a member of the Historic East Village today! For general inquiries, please email us at info@eastvillagedesmoines.com.

Interested in becoming a board member? Download application here!

Some of our featured Business Members