FFA Leadership Conference Leaving Fresno After 23 Years
The National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization’s annual statewide leadership conference is officially moving locations from Fresno to Anaheim next year. The leadership conference was one of Fresno’s largest conventions that ended this year after 23 years. The event lasted four days this year and had over 7,000 participants. Layla Forstedt, president and chief executive officer of the Fresno/Clovis Convention and Visitors Bureau, stated:
They were one of the big ones and when you are that big, everyone wants to have you. We understand that is the nature of the industry, and we will do our best to find other groups out there.
The convention will remain in Anaheim for the next two year and then it will move to Sacramento for two years. Fresno will have to deal with the economic impact of not having the convention, which brought $994,750 to the local economy in and around Fresno. Some people that are against the move fear that rising traveling costs could restrict some students from attending the conference. They believe that the conference should remain in the middle of California because it is an agricultural area. Hopefully, not that many students will be affected by the move out of Fresno and everyone will be able to attend the conference in the incoming years.
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