Conference to Attract Big Names to Indy

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The president of Visit Indy says, while the actual dollar figure associated with next year's U.S. Conference of Mayors annual national convention in the city won't be very high, the national attention will be "tremendous." Leonard Hoops anticipates the economic impact to be around $1 million, which will "probably be about the 81st-largest" event held in Indianapolis during the year. He says the timing of the convention is key, as 2016 presidential candidates are expected to be among the high-profile attendees.

Recent conferences have been held in cities including Las Vegas, Orlando and Dallas. Last year's event featured presentations by President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Hoops says the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which sparked a major uproar when it was signed into law in March and later was the focus of a legislative "fix," hasn't come up "that much" among potential new clients.

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