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The city of Des Moines is a capital of the State of Iowa locating in the central part of the state. The history of the city can be traced to 1834 when it was decided to establish a military post at the point where the Des Moines and Racoon Rivers merge. It was named Fort Des Moines. In 1857 Fort Des Moines was shortened to Des Moines and designated the capital of the State of Iowa. The first half of the XX century saw a considerable increase in building, particularly for roads, bridges and houses. In the second half of the XX century a rapid growth of economy was directed at improving life quality.

Today Des Moines is one of the largest business centers in the USA. Over 560,000 residents live in the city and suburbs of Des Moines. The population is employed in the sphere of service, trade, education and culture.

The biggest insurance companies of the country flourish in the city, they provide a wide range of services. Des Moines is one of the main leaders of the insurance business, commercial and financial center of the agricultural area, which annually holds the largest fairs. There are enterprises producing agricultural machinery, plastics, chemical and textile products and manufacturing industries.

The downtown of the city has been dynamically developing. Over the past five years, the volume of investments in state and private companies has exceeded $ 3 milliard, thereby creating a "city within a city". Large companies such as Principal Financial Group, Nationwide Insurance, EMC Insurance, Travelers Insurance Group as well as many other small and medium-sized enterprises have offices and headquarters in Des Moines downtown.

Larger share of the city economy is high-tech industry, biotechnology, ecologically-clean energy.

Des Moines is an educational and cultural centre of the State. The Greater Des Moines area is a home to some colleges and nine higher educational establishments, the most famous are: Drake University, Des Moines University, University of Iowa, American Institute of Business.

Des Moines is an educational and cultural centre of the state. The Greater Des Moines area is a home to some colleges and nine higher educational establishments, the most famous are: Drake University, Des Moines University, American Institute of Business, University of Iowa.

Higher education institutions of the city have rich experience of research and innovation, in the sphere of biotechnology and molecular biology.

Traditional and modern architecture are mixed and supplements each other. There are many examples of cultural and historical heritage in the city: the Iowa State Capitol built in 1886, State Historical museum and archive, Living History museum, Des Moines Art Centre, a famous Science Centre of Iowa with its impressive laser shows and many advanced science and technology models, Ashton Observatory, Salisbury House.

Additional information about the city of Des Moines you can find on the website: www.dmgov.org.

The Agreement on establishing sister city relations between Des Moines City (Iowa State capital), and Stavropol City (Stavropol Territory, Russia) aimed at cooperation development in different areas of socio-cultural sphere was signed on the 27th of July 1992.

Sister-cities friendly relations have been developing actively during the 90-s. Within the period of the agreement implementation there was an exchange of official delegations and representatives of twin-cities business groups. A lot of attention was focused on sharing local governments experience and cooperation within the framework of “Training programme of the CIS and the USA twin-cities municipal employees”. Members of sister cities delegations learnt the basis and the structure of legislative and executive powers, experience of work in the spheres of municipal economy, transport, housing construction. In compliance with the state Iowa invitation the representatives of Stavropol city Directorate on Civil Defence Affairs and Emergency situations visited Des Moines with the aim of learning the work of the Rescue service, the structure of the National Guard, its tasks on the defence of the Iowa population in emergency situations.

The cooperation in the sphere of education has been developing. The probation of the directors of Stavropol city educational institutions was organized in the city of Des Moines where they could learn the education management structure, principles and ways of school control, a system of search, selection and education of talented youth. In accordance with the Plan of Cooperation between Stavropol and Des Moines the senior pupils of Creative Development and Humanitarian Education Centre “Poisk” were sent for training to Des Moines schools and Drake University.

Within the framework of cultural development Valley High School jazz-orchestra fr om Des Moines performed its programme in the city of Stavropol. They gave some concerts, the organizers of the orchestra read some lectures and conducted joint rehearsals with Stavropol Musical School students.

During the Sister-cities International Association Jubilee conference devoted to the 50th anniversary of the organization, which took place in Washington in July 2006, there was a meeting of the mayors of sister-cities Stavropol and Des Moines. The participants discussed the perspectives of friendly relations further development.

During the last years the cooperation of sister cities was developed according to the long-term working plans.

The further exchange of numerous visits of sister cities official delegations was carried out. During the official receptions of the sister cities representatives by the mayors of Stavropol and Des Moines mutually beneficial development of friendly relations in different areas was discussed. Delegations considered the prospects of trade and economic cooperation between the sister cities, visited the Chamber of Commerce of the Stavropol Territory and «Greater Des Moines Partnership» that coordinate the activities of the business community. They got acquainted with the work of industrial enterprises, medical institutions of the sister cities.

During the visits special attention was paid to cooperation in the field of education. Members of official delegations got acquainted with the work organization of the educational institutions, were welcomed by the Minister of Education of the Stavropol Territory and by the chiefs of Des Moines Public Schools and principals of the sister cities universities. In order to further strengthen the friendly relations between educational institutions of sister cities the Agreement on cooperation was signed between the Education department of the Stavropol city administration and Des Moines Public Schools, supposing trainings of teachers, exchanges of students and creative teams of educational institutions of sister cities.

Friendly relations were established between Stavropol municipal general education institutions and Des Moines schools. On-line conferences were organized between partner-organizations, information materials are regularly exchanged.

At the invitation of the Mayor of Des Moines a group of Stavropol teachers visited the sister city. During their stay in Des Moines Stavropol teachers were welcomed by the city manager and the superintendent of Des Moines Public Schools. At the meeting, mutual interest was expressed in the development of the friendly partnership between educational institutions of sister cities. In order to promote a positive image of the city a presentation of the city of Stavropol was demonstrated during visit to Drake University of Des Moines. During visits to the educational institutions of the sister city the Stavropol delegation got acquainted with the system of general education and methods of certain subjects teaching in Des Moines schools, attended training classes. Stavropol teachers were very interested in health and restorative technologies, widely used in Des Moines schools, as well as in students catering.

During the stay in the sister city an agreement was reached to widen the network of partner schools in Stavropol and Des Moines.

Following the visit of Stavropol teachers in the sister city of Des Moines a press conference was organized.

In 2013, the official delegation of the city of Stavropol visited Des Moines.

During a visit to the Des Moines Capitol, wh ere the meetings of the General Assembly of Iowa are held, Stavropol delegation was received by the governor of the state. Head of Stavropol city administration and the mayor of Des Moines signed a plan of cooperation between the sister cities for 2013-2015 supposing the exchange of experience in the sphere of local government, social field, culture and communication. The Stavropol delegation got acquainted with its work, structure and activities of individual departments of the municipality. Presentations of Stavropol and Des Moines were prepared on the issues of socio-economic development of the sister cities. The prospects for the further development of cooperation between Stavropol and Des Moines were discussed in the field of business contacts, humanitarian and cultural cooperation.

Special attention was given to the Stavropol delegation’s acquaintance with the main principles of the sister city beautification and urban development. Experience of Des Moines for the construction of multi-level car parks was implemented in the city of Stavropol. 

The meetings with representatives of the international trade companies of Iowa were organized for members of the Stavropol official delegation. Possibilities for foreign investment in the construction of the Stavropol industrial park “North-West” and prospects for business cooperation were discussed.

During the extensive business program the Stavropol delegates visited a private brewery and shared experience in the field technology of the popular drink production. Visit to a robotic dairy mega-farm was organized and the peculiarities of the construction of such a farm in the Stavropol region were discussed.

The delegation also visited Walnut Street school of Des Moines, which is a partner of Stavropol gymnasium No.24. Delegates discussed current issues of education, the draft plan of joint activities, and the organization of exchange of students groups of sister cities.

This visit of the official delegation of Stavropol to the sister city of Des Moines was widely covered by the local media.


Within implementation of the Agreement on establishing sister city relations between Des Moines and Stavropol the official delegation of the sister city leaded by Chairperson of Greater Des Moines Sister Cities Commission visited Stavropol in June-July, 2016. The representatives of the sister city were welcomed by head of Stavropol city administration. The attaché of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in the city of Mineralnye Vody participated in the meeting. Prospects of further development of friendly relations between Stavropol and Des Moines in the humanitarian and cultural spheres were discussed.
During the visit of American delegation the special attention was paid to the further development of cooperation in the education field. The members of the official delegation got acquainted with the work of the municipal pre-school and secondary educational organizations, as well as the organization of additional education in Stavropol. The main directions of pedagogical collectives interaction and pupils of Stavropol and Des Moines partner schools, participation in joint programs were discussed with great interest. 
During the visit to the North Caucasian Federal University members of American delegation got acquainted with multimedia presentation of main activities of the university, organization of the educational process and development of student self-government. Des Moines delegation provided information about American education system, available programs for foreign students in higher educational institutions of the sister city. The issues of establishment of inter-university cooperation of sister cities, possibility of organizing inclusive education of Des Moines students on the NCFU academic mobility program, participation in summer schools for students were discussed during the meeting.
Members of sister city delegation visited Stavropol sports and recreation complex «Russ», Children and Youth Sports School of Olympic Reserve of Vasil Skakun. American side expressed interest in sharing experience in improving the physical health of middle age persons and disabled people. Prospects of cooperation development in a sports field, including on-line meetings and conferences were discussed. The delegation noted the high level of social institutions’ facilities.
The representatives of the sister city met with the leadership of under-construction residential complex "Crona" as well as shopping and entertainment mall «Cosmos». Members of the delegation got acquainted with the latest technologies in construction, discussed the issues of urban planning policy of the city, as well as organization of trade and regulation of the consumer market.
During a visit to JSC "Stavropol" brewery" members of the delegation got acquainted with advanced technology of beer and soft drinks preparation and storage. The sides expressed readiness for cooperation in this field, including the sharing of experience.
In order to get acquainted with historical and cultural heritage and sights of the city the city tour and visit to G.N. Prozritelev and G.K. Prave Stavropol state historical-culture and natural-landscape museum-reserve were organize.
The visit of Des Moines official delegation to Stavropol was widely covered by local mass media.