Shane Siegle says Des Moines is moving away from “fly-over country”

Last month I offered my opinions and suggestions on digging a little deeper than the surface to find great music and entertainment. Since then, the promoters of the 80/35 Music Festival in Des Moines have begun announcing the 2012 line-up, and it makes me think that Des Moines is continuing to shake its reputation as “fly-over country” for many things.

Since 80/35 began, headlining acts have been enticed to Des Moines and rewarded with rabid crowds of music fanatics. But more than that, the city of Des Moines itself, the neighborhoods within and the suburbs nearby continue to be recognized for their activities and their passionate people.

In the past 12 months, Forbes Magazine has named Des Moines the No. 1 best city for young professionals and the No. 2 best place for business and careers. US News & World Report named Des Moines the No. 1 richest metro in the nation, and Self Magazine dubbed Des Moines the No. 2 healthiest city in the nation. (This information and more can be found on the Greater Des Moines Partnership Web site,

Add to that the 2012 Great American Main Street Award given to Valley Junction – which will host Earth Day in the Junction on April 22, where you can take part in the Hybrid Mileage Content, sponsored by Toyota of Des Moines – and there’s a lot to be proud of around here. (Read more at

And from my professional life, Toyota of Des Moines was recently awarded for being No. 1 in its region for the seventh year in a row. Combine all of this with the beautiful weather we’ve had in the past two months and it kinda makes you want to cruise around town in your Toyota, windows down and your favorite music in the background.

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