INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016/National FFA Organization) – The 89th National FFA Convention & Expo will celebrate its first year of a nine-year commitment in Indianapolis beginning Oct. 19. More than 60,000 FFA members and guests from throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are expected at this year’s event, which runs through Oct. 22.
The convention and expo will bring an estimated economic impact of $36 million a year. Attendees will stay in 135 hotels in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas.
Convention and expo events will take place at several venues in downtown Indianapolis and other locations. FFA members and advisors will meet in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where eight of the nine general sessions will be held. At the Indiana Convention Center, members can explore the expo or expand their minds by attending a variety of workshops or participating in educational and career success tours.
This year, the theme of the convention and expo is “Transform Purpose to Action,” and the national officer team is excited to share this with all of those in attendance.
“FFA members transform their purpose into action by making their voices heard and by educating others on the importance of agriculture and growing our resources every day,” 2015-16 National FFA President Taylor McNeel, a student at Southern Arkansas University, said. “During the convention and expo, we can learn from one another how we can continue to grow leaders, strengthen agriculture and build our communities.”
The convention and expo will kick off with the National FFA Band leading a grand march down Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis on Wed., Oct. 19. The march will end at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and usher in the start of the opening session. Eight general sessions will be held in the fieldhouse. On the morning of Saturday, Oct. 22, the eighth general session will be held in Lucas Oil Stadium where American FFA Degrees, the highest degree for an FFA member, will be bestowed upon more than 3,000 members.
Throughout the week, convention and expo attendees will also be lending a helping hand to the greater Indianapolis area as part of the National Days of Service. Areas where students will be giving back to the community include Gleaners Food Bank, MapleLawn Farmstead, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Indy Read Books, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Woodruff Place Civic League and more.
This year, attendees will be able to stay up-to-date with the convention and expo app, which features a customizable schedule; cool photo filters; interactive maps; the exhibitor listing; exclusive convention and expo news and updates; a photo challenge; and more. Available on iOS and Android, the brand new app is a free download in the App Store and via Google Play.
News, features, sights and sounds from the convention and expo will be published on FFA.org and the FFA Pulse blog, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #TransformFFA.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 649,355 student members as part of 7,859 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.
About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.