National FFA CEO Believes the Blue and Gold Has Momentum on Multiple FrontsThu, 31 Oct 2019 06:06:01
The old cliche is that the job is never complete until the paperwork is done was on display as the 2019 National FFA Convention kicked off this week in Indianapolis when Mark Poeschl, CEO of the National FFA Organization, announced in the Kickoff Luncheon that FFA leadership had just finished signing off on a deal that was actually announced last December- that the FFA Convention was going nowhere. Poeschl told the gathering that the paperwork being complete made the announcement that FFA would keep their huge gathering each October in Indianapolis until at least 2031.
Last December, Poeschl was quoted in a FFA news release "We are proud to keep the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. The city has extended its very best brand of Hoosier hospitality to our members for many years, and we are very pleased that our convention will remain here through 2031."
The annual national convention and expo, which has been held in Indianapolis since 2016, hosts more than 67,000 attendees from across the country. The event was estimated to have an economic impact of $39.8 million for Indianapolis during 2018 when 69,944 people attended.
The National FFA Convention took place in Kansas City, Mo., from 1928-98. Louisville then hosted the event from 1999 to 2005, with Indianapolis being the host city from 2006-12. In 2009, the organization announced the national convention and expo would rotate every three years between Indianapolis and Louisville, with Louisville hosting the event 2013-15 and Indianapolis hosting the event 2016-18. In 2015, the decision was made to move the convention back to Indianapolis from 2016-24.
As the membership of the organization has grown so has the attendance of the national convention and expo. Following the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo, the National FFA Board of Directors opened a bid process for cities wanting to host the national convention and expo beginning in 2025. The final decision was between Atlanta and Indianapolis.
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays talked with Poeschl this week in Indianapolis- as they discussed the Convention staying in Indy, the milestone of FFA membership at 700,000 and the momentum that Poeschl sees in what FFA is doing in a number of areas.
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