The Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau has been awarded a $55,555 grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The Regional Sports Authority District grant program was created to help promote tourism in Iowa by funding projects that promote sporting events in the state. Eight other CVB’s and sports commissions in Iowa were also awarded this grant including Ames, Cedar Valley, Greater Burlington, Greater Des Moines, Iowa City/Coralville, Quad Cities, Sioux City, and Dubuque.
This is the thirteenth time the CBCVB has been awarded this grant. This money helps attract and retain large sporting events in Council Bluffs like the NJCAA Men’s Wrestling National Championship, Heartland USA Wrestling National Duals, Council Bluffs Wrestling Classic, King of the MAC, Halloween Havoc, Rumble on the River, River City Classic Gymnastics, 3SSB Basketball Tournament, and Triple Crown Slumpbuster. Large sporting events like these help bring business to Council Bluffs’ hotels, restaurants, and attractions. In fact, travelers spent more than $350 million in Pottawattamie County in 2019 according to the US Travel Association.