Friday, November 20th
6:30pm; Doors open—5:00pm
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center — 833 5th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309. Click here for a map.
The event is under Secret Service protocol. Please consider arriving early, and be advised you will be subjected to magnetic metal detection at the door. Please also consider leaving purses, bags, and other items that will slow down the security process in your car. The Secret Service will not allow firearms or other lethal weapons into the facility, even if you are licensed to carry. Protests against that policy may result in your detention by law enforcement. Please understand, this is not a policy of the Presidential Family Forum, but an unalterable directive of the U.S. Secret Service.
Parking at the Iowa Events Center: Parking is available north of the Iowa Events Center with entrances off the following streets: Third, Fifth, and Crocker. Iowa Events Center surface lots offer the closest and most convenient access to the facility, and easy access to I-235 and other major routes after the event. ADA Accessible parking is available at the Iowa Events Center by entering the lot south of Crocker Street, next to Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. Cost $7 . OF NOTE: they take cash only at the parking lot gates – they do not take debit or credit cards – come prepared with cash.
Parking and Skywalk Access: Click here for a downtown map.
Street Parking Downtown: Street parking is available throughout downtown with the convenience of parking meters. Pay attention to the location and rates as many meters have different time limits and parking restrictions during certain times. (Typically no parking between 4–6pm.)
Parking Garages: City parking garages are located throughout downtown with convenient skywalk access to the Iowa Events Center. Payment for city garages is collected each time you enter the garage. The City of Des Moines recently completed a downtown parking signage system to give up to the minute details on where parking is available in the garages. Cost: Varies depending on the garage.
Understanding the venue:
The Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center includes the following levels:
Skywalk level: you will enter on this level and go up the escalator on the east side.
Ballroom level: this is where the event will take place. This is also where all exhibitor booths will be.
Restrooms: Restrooms are located on each side of the ballroom.
Photography: Photography is allowed in the auditorium as long as it is not a distraction.
Mobile Phones: Please silence your cell phones at all times while in the main auditorium, but please feel free to Tweet and Facebook about the Forum using #PFF15, and step out of the main ballroom to take calls.
Exhibitors: There will be a number of exhibitors and booths at The Forum located outside of the ballroom.
ADA Accessible Instructions:
You can have someone drop you off at the 3rd Street Entrance, go up the escalator and request a wheelchair if needed. ADA Accessible parking is available at the Iowa Events Center by entering the lot south of Crocker Street, next to Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. Cost is $7.