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NACAA conference expected to bring over a million in spending to Fort Wayne

A million dollars is expected to be pumped into Fort Wayne businesses this week.

Posted: Sep 8, 2019 8:10 PM
Updated: Sep 9, 2019 8:05 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - A busy weekend in the Fort draws in many people from outside the state, especially with the National Association of County Agricultural Agents conference.

"It's a great looking city. I'm impressed," Scott Sullivan from Arkanas said.

This is the first time in over 100 years since its founding that the conference is here in Indiana.

The conference, which is centered around 4-H youth development, aquaculture, and community development, has 900 registered people in attendance.

"Great economic impact for the city because they are in hotel rooms. They will be out eating. On Tuesday night we call it State's Night Out, so all the states will go to local restaurants and enjoy a delicious meal here locally," co-chair Kelly Heckaman said.

It is predicted a little over $1 million will be spent this weekend with all of the things to do including “Be A Tourist in Your Own Town”.

"We have had a wonderful time walking around. We had a chance to see the old theatre. That's an amazing place. I'm happy you guys thought enough to save it. We've had a chance to visit a lot of the restaurants, and we went to the art gallery. That was a lot of fun," Jenny Rosenkranz from Maryland said.

The NACAA conference will go on from Sunday until the 12th.

The next conference will be in Virginia Beach.

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