Indy To Host 2016 Mayors Conference And The National Pols Who Attend

Jul 22, 2015

Mayor Greg Ballard won't be in office when it happens, but lobbied to bring the U.S. Conference of Mayors to Indianapolis next year.
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Indianapolis officials predict some of the country’s most notable politicians will likely make stops in the city next June as it hosts the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Visit Indy and Mayor Greg Ballard announced Tuesday that the Circle City had won the rights to the conference. Ballard says the conference is often a popular stop on the presidential campaign trail.

"It is traditional for presidential candidates and those surrounding presidential candidates to show up at the conference of mayor even in non-presidential years," Ballard says. "It’s just that in presidential years, it’s much more active and there’s much more media.

Ballard holds a leadership position within the conference of mayors and personally lobbied for the conference to come to Indy. And while he won’t be mayor next year, he says he still plans to be involved at the conference.

Visit Indy says the economic impact of the mayor’s conference is expected to be about $1 million, which is small compared to other events the city hosts.