Strong Communities Award

We are excited to announce the 2020 Strong Communities Award results!

2020 Award Winners

Every year the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines highlights the leadership and work of our member financial institutions and their community partners by awarding the Strong Communities Award.

In light of the far-reaching effects of COVID-19 on our communities, we are proud to offer the Strong Communities Award this year. The award recognizes collaboration and leadership in communities by measuring the results of these projects and their impact on creating stronger communities.

What does the award measure?

The Strong Communities Award is not a grant program. Projects must be able demonstrate the impact, results and collaboration of a community small business or economic development effort

Impact

Impact

The project identified economic development needs of the community and provided a solution.

Results

Results

The project demonstrated specific economic development benefits to your community.

Collaboration

Collaboration

The project included financial or human contributions from an FHLB Des Moines member financial institution.

Rural Project Finalists

Vote for one of the following three projects in the Rural category.

Downtown Marketplace

Bowling Green, Missouri

Downtown Marketplace

Through Downtown Marketplace, the Bowling Green Downtown Revitalization project works to support local businesses and entrepreneurs through low-cost rental spaces and partnership programs.

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Herreid Area Housing Development (HAHD) Project

Herreid, South Dakota

Herreid Area Housing Development (HAHD) Project

The Herreid Area Housing Development (HAHD) Project works closely with residents, community officials, business leaders and school district to address the growing and critical need for affordable housing in the county.

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L.I.F.E Teen Expo

Guam

L.I.F.E Teen Expo

L.I.F.E Teen Expo gives high school students across the island an opportunity to connect with professionals while learning about valuable resources and services that can help them find their passion, live life with meaning and overcome obstacles.

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Gowrie Grocery (“Market on Market”)

Gowrie, Iowa

Gowrie Grocery (“Market on Market”)

When faced with the closure of their single grocery store, the community of Gowrie came together quickly to keep this cornerstone of their neighborhood alive. The success of Market on Market has had a substantial impact on the lives of the citizens of Gowrie and the surrounding region.

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Urban Project Finalists

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David Street Station

Casper, Wyoming

David Street Station

David Street Station has given the Casper community many free family entertainment options. We are genuinely proud to be the place that brings Casper together.

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Running Start For Careers

Spokane, Washington

Running Start For Careers

“My hope is that we see a change for our community, where students who couldn't participate in higher education but wanted to will be able to have a career that provides security for them and their families.” – Dr. Kevin Brockbank, President, Spokane Community College

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St. Louis Builds Credit (STLBC)

St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis Builds Credit (STLBC)

Poverty follows people from childhood to their senior years. STLBC seeks to disrupt the cycle of poverty and provide coordinated outreach and services to residents in specific neighborhoods that are identified as high need.

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