PRSSA 2016 National Conference: Crossroads of America


Indianapolis has grown exponentially since its founding in 1821 and has become home for hardworking Hoosiers and an influx of young professionals from around the country. In 2015, The Huffington Post named Indianapolis one of 
“America’s most underrated cities for Millennials.” Visiting the crossroads puts you at an intersection of all things public relations.

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Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana, the heart of the American Midwest, and is the 12th largest city in the country with almost one million residents in the metropolitan area alone. Nicknamed “Crossroads of America,” the city is the intersection of four interstate and six U.S. highways, providing convenient travel from anywhere in the country. The city hosted Super Bowl XLVI in 2012 and the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament in 2015 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The city also is known for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which hosts the largest single-day sporting event, the Indy 500, as well as the Brickyard 400, annually. Home to NCAA headquarters, Indianapolis brings in thousands of athletes from across the country. The growing downtown is a great place to live and work with many major businesses and three Fortune 500 companies.

Taking a walk through the city is a journey through history. Indianapolis is rich with war memorial monuments such as the World War II monument that provides a space for festivals. Monument Circle, dedicated to sailors and soldiers, offers a civil war museum and a lookout tower with a view of the city.

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Indianapolis offers an array of entertainment options through its six cultural districts.  The host hotel, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, is located in the center of the city at Monument Circle. Around the Circle, visitors will find places to eat, scenic carriage rides or can enjoy a concert by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Guests also will be within walking distance of the Indianapolis White River Canal. On the three mile canal walk, visitors can discover the Indianapolis Zoo, historical society, NCAA headquarters, Indiana State Museum and miles of beautiful artwork and rich historical artifacts. Whether you travel by foot, paddleboat or gondola, the eccentric canal walk has something for everyone.

While in Indianapolis, attendees can go shopping at the many storefronts located in Circle Centre Mall and enjoy dinner at one of Indianapolis’ elite restaurants. Visitors can immerse themselves in the Indianapolis community by attending an Indians baseball game at Victory Field or a Colts game under the retractable roof of Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis guarantees its visitors will never be bored.

Indianapolis is truly the “Crossroads of Public Relations” with agencies including: BLASTmedia, Bandy Carroll Hellige, Borshoff, TrendyMinds, Dittoe PR, and Bohlsen Group, to name a few. Interested in political communication? Indianapolis has a fully functioning state government located in the heart of the city. Indianapolis has something to offer in every realm of public relations.

Join us in Indianapolis for the largest congregation of public relations students in the country. Be prepared to network with professionals and share best practices with peers from across the country.

* Photos Courtesy of Downtown Indy http://www.downtownindy.org/