Here are 10 things you need to know from Capital Crossroads’ fourth-quarter meeting held on Nov. 17.

1. The Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Broadband Committee is scheduled to deliver its final report from its regional broadband survey in December. The survey was done earlier this year in 11 counties and included more than 5,000 people from Central Iowa, dozens of businesses, governments and nonprofits. Along with the report will be a pilot broadband dashboard, which could be a solution for providing information on gaps in service, costs and grant opportunities.

2. The city of Des Moines has announced selections for workforce housing tax credits. Five projects were awarded funds totaling nearly $3 million for rehabilitation and new construction of multifamily projects. The city will also introduce an incentive for “missing middle" housing that provides two- to 12-unit housing projects with tax abatements of eight to nine years beginning in 2022.

3. Catch Des Moines has launched a new series on Instagram Stories promoting events each week and its weekly Things to Do e-newsletter. It also launched new videos for its “Des Best” series. Catch Des Moines is also now on TikTok, working with area businesses to make the videos.

4. The Des Moines Music Coalition is working on an asset mapping project as a first step in the planning process for developing the city’s music scene. The coalition will be working with musical marketing consulting firm Sound Diplomacy, with funding from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

5. The DSM USA 4 Equity Collective’s consulting partner, Arrowhead Consulting, led by Kuma Roberts will be deploying an Organizational Equity Practices Assessment. It will be delivered to leaders in the for-profit, nonprofit and government sectors. The assessment will help identify organizational best practices to move toward greater equity. Arrowhead Consulting will also be collecting public data on racial equity in the region. The data will be used to create an Equity Index that can be used to measure progress on achieving equity. The consulting firm also will be creating a master plan for the region that will include sector-based best practices for programs, policies and procedures that lead to greater equity.

6. Federal coronavirus assistance funds for the Double Up Food Bucks program will end next month. That will reduce the number of sites where people can participate and get access to healthy food. That means the number of Fareway store locations that participate will need to be reduced from 107 to 29.

7. The Healthiest State Initiative will announce survey results next month about mental health stigma in rural communities. The survey was done in partnership with Bank Iowa.

8. Funding diversification will continue to be a focus for the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority in 2022. DART will push a proposal for a transit hotel/motel tax that gained some traction in the 2021 legislative session, and through a referendum next fall in collaboration with community partners.

9. The United Way of Central Iowa’s Central Iowa Returning Citizens Achieve initiative completed its first grant cycle. The program helps to successfully transition incarcerated people to the community through training, employment and reducing recidivism. The outcomes from the first grant cycle show the program exceeded its enrollment goal with 205 individuals enrolled. Ninety-seven percent of participants received training, with 89% obtaining credentials. Of those who participated, 8% reoffended during their follow-up year, compared with the state’s current recidivism rate of 34.2%.

10. The city’s new pay-by-cellphone system at parking spaces downtown will be implemented between this month and January 2022 in the downtown core, and between January and March 2022 in the East Village, with phase three occurring between July and August 2022 in the Western Gateway. The system is part of a plan approved by the City Council last summer, when it voted to remove the existing on-street parking meters and install 397 multispace meters and 3,492 parking stall signs in the downtown meter district.