National FFA Convention Will Return to Louisville
Friday December 12, 2008
The National FFA convention will return to Louisville in 2013, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today, pumping $40 million into the local economy.
Louisville will share the convention, which attracts more than 54,000 people, with Indianapolis. Louisville will have the convention for three years, followed by Indianapolis with three years.
The convention is a huge boom for the city, Abramson said.
"These students and their advisors fill our hotels, our restaurants and the visit our museums and cultural attractions," Abramson said.
"The FFA is the premier convention that cities in America covet," Abramson added. "And the group is coming back to the city where possibilities are endless."
FFA CEO and National FFA Advisor Dr. Larry Case said the group was excited about returning to Louisville. "The city of Louisville has always welcomed FFA with an extra helping of Southern Hospitality," said Case. "I am confident that our members and advisors will be marking their calendars and looking forward to their opportunity to return to Louisville where they feel so at home."
"Today's announcement of the return of the national FFA convention to our commonwealth is fantastic news for Kentucky," said Gov. Steve Beshear. "We look forward to seeing FFA members in their traditional blue and gold jackets walking the streets of downtown Louisville and enjoying our many attractions for years to come."
The annual national FFA convention was previously held in Louisville from 1999 through 2005. The return of this prestigious event-the nation's largest annual youth gathering-will bring Louisville estimated annual revenue exceeding $40 million.
At this morning's announcement, FFA representatives presented Louisville officials commemorative with blue corduroy banners showcasing the FFA emblem and the years the city will host the annual national FFA convention.