INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: FFA visitors 'pony up' in Southern Indiana

2013-10-31T12:29:00Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: FFA visitors 'pony up' in Southern IndianaGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business
October 31, 2013 12:29 pm  • 

The executive director of the Clark and Floyd Counties Convention and Tourism Bureau says the Indiana side of the Ohio River could get a nearly 20 percent "piece of the pie" from this week's National FFA Convention in Louisville. Jim Epperson says the event is expected to have a $40 million impact on the metro area, which includes parts of southeast Indiana. He says visitors are staying in hotels as far out as Seymour and French Lick. He tells Inside INdiana Business one of the biggest challenges is preparing hotels, retailers and restaurants for the influx of FFA supporters.

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