Luncheon with Gunnar Olson from Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Luncheon with the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Gunnar Olson is the Communications and Strategy Manager for the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), where he has built on his background as an experienced journalist to earn a reputation as an engaging, trusted and articulate spokesperson and leader for causes important to Greater Des Moines. He is the lead organizer of the Tomorrow Plan Speaker Series, which hosts national thought-leaders who share ideas, insights, and inspiration with regional influencer s to advance the sustainable development of Greater Des Moines.
Through the MPO, he has been deeply involved in the water trails initiative seeking to activate 150 miles of rivers and creeks throughout the Central Iowa. He is currently leading the Strategy Team of the Central Iowa Water Trails Incubator, a consortium of regional organizations working collaboratively to implement the water trails plan, notably the creation of a whitewater park in downtown Des Moines by mitigating three dangerous low-head dams. He was the primary author of a successful $25 million BUILD grant application for the water trails project, accelerating its implementation.
Prior to joining the MPO, he was the public affairs manager for the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) and a staff writer with The Des Moines Register.