"The national FFA convention needs to move back to Louisville."
During the last convention bid process in 2008, the FFA Board of Directors decided the convention should be in a rotational pattern. In 2013, the national FFA convention will begin a three-year rotation between Louisville, Ky. and Indianapolis, Ind. The rotation will allow students the opportunity to experience the national convention in two award-winning cities.
"The National FFA convention needs to reduce registration costs for attendees."
The convention registration fees were last increased in 2008. Since then, the organization has seen an averages of 14.6 percent annual increase in the convention's operating costs as the convention evolved into a larger, more dynamic event. While sponsorship and other revenues have helped to offset some of the $3.2 million expense incurred for the convention, registration fees still cover only about 50 percent of the overall expense of the convention.
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"The national FFA convention needs to increase career show space to help with congestion."
Construction of the Indiana Convention Center's expansion space is complete. Beginning with the 84th National FFA Convention in 2011, we will utilize additional meeting room and exhibit hall space, resulting in more than 37,000 square feet of new career show space. This expansion will allow the convention an opportunity to spread out and allow for future growth. Utilizing the new space will attract additional vendors, exhibitors and experiences as well.
"The national FFA convention needs to provide more inexpensive food court options."
The food court has been located at Lucas Oil Stadium; however, starting with the 2011 convention, the food court will not exist in the same fashion it has for the past several years. The new expansion space at the Indiana Convention Center, offers more concession stands throughout the building. The national FFA continues to have conversations with the exclusive facility caterer to help them better understand the demographics of the national FFA convention attendees. We continue to work closely with the caterer to keep pricing as affordable as possible.