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Published on NewsOK Modified: April 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm •  Published: April 7, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An effort is underway to help the 26,000 residents of Des Moines' core neighborhoods get the help they need to strengthen the area.

The Des Moines Register reports ( ) the effort is being led by Tom Urban, the former Des Moines mayor and former chairman of Pioneer Hi-Bred International.

Urban says the health of Des Moines' core is crucial to the success of the region overall.

Urban says he wants to hire community development coordinators for each of the 10 neighborhoods the initiative is focused on. Those coordinators will help residents find the right services.

Urban says the city's core has become poorer and more diverse over the decades, and the groups trying to help residents don't always work well together.