As the National FFA and Indianapolis officially begin a nine-year agreement for the city to host the organization’s convention, FFA Chief Operating Officer Josh Bledsoe says Indy is "absolutely" in the running to continue as the event’s home in 2025 and beyond. He says the decision is based on factors including hotel space, safety and the ability to host career development events that are agriculture-related. This year’s event runs through Saturday, with about 60,000 attendees expected to generate an economic impact of $36 million.
During an interview last week with Inside INdiana Business Television, Bledsoe said the decision to return to Indianapolis was more than a year in the making.
The convention is returning to Indianapolis after multiple years in Louisville. It will stay in the city through at least 2024. When the organization announced its return to Indy last year, it cited the state’s commitment to growing agriculture beyond the farm.
The FFA is expected to begin the process of looking for a host city for 2025 and beyond within the next 18-24 months. During a recent interview with Inside INdiana Business, Chief Executive Officer Mark Poeschl said, "There is a lot of criteria, and certainly Indiana checks a lot of those boxes for us."