DES MOINES, Iowa- Political campaigns and national news media are spending more and more time in Iowa, leading up the Caucuses. They're getting advice from Greg Edwards and staff with "Catch Des Moines," the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Edwards tells WHO Radio News sometimes those calling, either from campaigns or media outlets, are unfamiliar with Iowa, and are pleasantly surprised to hear about the number hotels and restaurants in the greater Des Moines area.
He says it's hard to quantify the economic impact of the national and international media coverage, but he says you can't buy that kind advertising to promote the area. He says most of the media attention thus far has been from reporters based in the U.S., but he expects to hear from international media as we get closer to the Iowa Caucuses.
Catch Des Moines is part of a Caucus Consortium, offering information to those planning political events as well as news media covering those events. Edwards says the Caucus Consortium hopes to showcase Des Moines as an attractive place, to live, work and visit, with a strong, diversified economy.