Invest in the Best

The swoosh off the tee at the Solheim Cup. The roar of the crowd at the NCAA Tournament. The rev of the engines at the BMW Motorcycle Rally. These sounds correspond to one absolute: the “ka-ching” of cash registers across Greater Des Moines every time an event comes to town. 

In the 2020 fiscal year, Catch Des Moines hosted 199 events, which had an economic impact of $47.29 million. Not only do these events bring money into the economy, support jobs and provide tax relief for residents, they create a virtuous circle: each event opens doors to future events and adds to the credibility and reputation of Greater Des Moines as a destination for both business and leisure travel. Each one amplifies civic pride, builds city prestige, delivers media attention and enhances quality of life for those who live and work here.

Then there is a halo effect where these visitors experience (and then talk about) the local attractions, restaurants and retailers that make our metro such a great place. Greater Des Moines has always been a great place to live; it’s our job to show people that it has become a great place to visit. After all, no one ever moves somewhere without visiting first.


At Catch Des Moines, the majority of our funding comes through hotel/motel tax, which is used to market Greater Des Moines to both leisure travelers and event planners and also to re-invest in our nearly 600 partners. To lure many of these larger sporting events and conventions in a crowded and competitive marketplace, we need to offer incentives and financial support. That is where the backing of our investors comes in. 

By investing in the mission of Catch Des Moines, you are helping us bring prominent events and important conventions to town. You are investing in the growth of your own community. You’re investing in the quality of life of your employees. You’re investing in the reputation of the metro and the ability to attract and retain talent.

Greater Des Moines is emerging, progressive and inclusive. For those of us that live here or have visited, that’s no secret. It’s our job, with your help, to turn our “best kept secret” into a deafening roar.

For information on how you can contribute to the growth of Greater Des Moines, contact Tessa Simons:

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Tessa Simons Partner Sales Manager


American Equity

American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company® is a leader in the fixed index annuity marketplace…

Bankers Trust

Established in 1917, Bankers Trust is a leader for commercial and consumer banking services, wealth…

Iowa Events Center

Flexible to fit events of all types and sizes. A small meeting of 10, to a concert of 17,000! Catch…

MidAmerican Energy Company

MidAmerican Energy Company provides electric service to 739,000 customers and natural gas service to…

Orchestrate Management

Orchestrate Hospitality is a leading hospitality management and development company leading a diverse…

West Bank

Serving customers since 1893, West Bank is a community bank that focuses on lending, deposit services…

ITA Group

ITA Group creates and manages events, incentives and recognition programs that align and motivate…

Whether it’s as a marketing partner, a corporate partner or as a part of our co-op advertising campaign, the opportunities to elevate your business and be a part of the collective success of Greater Des Moines are endless. LEARN MORE >

You can be the champion of the story by leveraging your connections with regional or national associations, organizations and boards to bring their events to Greater Des Moines. LEARN MORE >

From simply using #CATCHdsm on social media when you’re out enjoying the area’s attractions and events, to volunteering at some of those same incredible events, it’s easy to help build the buzz and lend a helping hand. LEARN MORE >

At Catch Des Moines our job is to help craft that narrative the drives visitors to Greater Des Moines. And we’re writing a new chapter every day.