If you’re like many public relations students, you may feel you should move to a big city such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago or Atlanta to have a flourishing career after you graduate.
I thought that, too. I went straight to New York City after graduation to work at a public relations agency. However, after working in New York for seven years, I decided to return to my home state. I’ve been in Indianapolis for 16 years now, and want to share with you why I love Indy, home of the PRSSA 2016 National Conference.
Indy Welcomes All
Indiana is known for Hoosier hospitality, and Indy prides itself on being open, welcoming and inclusive to everyone.
The Circle City makes a concerted effort to be welcoming to young professionals. A resource for Indy’s 20- and 30-somethings, Indy Hub hosts a variety of events and partners with other groups to help the under-40 set get plugged in to the city.
Public Relations Community
Indianapolis public relations practitioners benefit from belonging to one of the nation’s largest PRSA Chapters. With nearly 400 members, PRSA Hoosier offers many professional development and volunteer opportunities. The Chapter’s active new professionals group hosts networking happy hours, a great way to meet local new pros while enjoying Indy’s local restaurants and breweries.
Time for Fun
It’s not all work and no play in Indy. In addition to sports, a lively arts and culture scene guarantees there’s always something to do. Check out the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the largest children’s museum in the world; the Indianapolis Zoo, located in the nation’s only urban cultural state park; and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, one of the country’s largest general art museums. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Dance Kaleidoscope, Heartland Film Festival and numerous other organizations and events keep the arts calendar full all year long.
The local food scene has exploded. Restaurants such as Milktooth and Bluebeard have earned national attention, and new restaurants continue to pop up downtown in Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and other hip neighborhoods.
Speaking of neighborhoods, Indy has designated six unique cultural districts connected by the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, a world-class urban bike and pedestrian path.
Thriving business sectors, world-class attractions, eclectic cultural districts, a low cost of living and a strong public relations community help make Indianapolis an exciting place to live and work. Come to Indy in October for the PRSSA 2016 National Conference and see for yourself — we can’t wait to welcome you to the Crossroads of America!
Sonja Popp-Stahly, APR, is in her fourth year on the PRSA National Board of Directors and works in global communications at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis. A member of the 1992–1993 PRSSA National Committee, she served as the 2010–2012 PRSSA National Professional Adviser. You can find her on Twitter @SonjaPoppStahly.