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Discover Ames

Who we are

Discover Ames is the official destination marketing organization for the city of Ames and the surrounding area. We attract and secure meetings, conventions, events, and visitors for Ames and Iowa State University. We provide unparalleled services to groups and visitors as well as enhance the quality of life for the Ames community.

The Ames tourism industry accounts for a major and irreplaceable source of revenue for our restaurants, shops, cultural organizations, attractions, and hotels. Discover Ames enhances the overall Ames experience and contributes to the economic well-being of the city through leadership and innovation in the hospitality industry.

Our Mission

Strengthen the Ames economy by attracting events and tourism and promote Ames as a travel destination.

Our Vision

Position Ames and Iowa State University as the preferred Midwestern destination for group events and tourism.

Core Values

Service
Our service is extraordinary, and our hospitality is genuine.

Passion
Our staff openly and visibly loves Ames and Iowa State University.

Innovation
Our bold, new ideas make for creative, memorable events.

Relationship-building
Our relationship-building connects clients, Iowa State, and the Ames community.

Initiative
Our staff is empowered to go the extra mile to serve our customers.

Teamwork
Our collaborations allow us to create extraordinary events for our clients.

Meet the Discover Ames team

Bonnie Alley

Business Development Manager

Carole Gieseke

Director of Marketing & Communications

Dan Ramthun

Director of Business & Administration

Emma Jensen

Digital Marketing Specialist

Katie Kramer

Director of Visitor Experience

Matt Beatty

Director of Business Development

Melissa Muschick

Director of Partner & Community Engagement

Veronica Tarello

Visitor Experience Specialist

Bonnie Alley

Business Development Manager

Katie Kramer

Director of Visitor Experience

Matt Beatty

Director of Business Development

Melissa Muschick

Director of Partner & Community Engagement

Veronica Tarello

Visitor Experience Specialist

Carole Gieseke

Director of Marketing & Communications

Emma Jensen

Digital Marketing Specialist

Dan Ramthun

Director of Business & Administration

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