National FFA Convention kicks off 7th visit to Indy, heading to Louisville in 2013

Indianapolis

The blue jackets have once again invaded Indianapolis for their 85th National FFA Convention but the city won't see them for the next few years.

It's the seventh year the Circle City has hosted the convention. It brings more than 55,000 people to the area and generates $40 million in economic impact, but this year is the last we'll see of the blue jackets until 2016.
 
In 2008, the Future Farmers of America's board of directors decided to begin rotating their national convention between Indianapolis and Louisville every three years, beginning in 2013.

The arrangement is a big loss for Indianapolis, but Visit Indy, the city's convention and visitors bureau, has been working hard to offset the loss.

"We've worked with a sense of urgency to replace National FFA with other convention business and we've made great strides replacing that $40 million in economic impact that they generate and represent," said Chris Gahl, Visit Indy.

FFA CEO Dwight Armstrong said the decision to rotate between the two cities is simply about new opportunities for their young people.

"The decision of our our board of directors several years ago was we needed a rotating type basis to give our young people an experience to see multiple cities to learn from those cities, to appreciate those cities and so we are on a three year rotation."

The economic impact of FFA's convention is equal to an NCAA Men's Final Four visit, but the top money making convention is GenCon, which generates $48 million a year for the city.

The FFA convention run through Saturday.

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