2016 IACT Annual Conference & Exhibition
October 4 - 6, 2016 | French Lick, Indiana

Save the date! French Lick will once again be home to the 2016 IACT Annual Conference & Exhibition.  The conference will begin on Tuesday, October 4 and run though Thursday, October 6.  It will showcase more than 25 workshops and nearly 150 experts in municipal government, state agencies, non-profits and universities will be represented in the exhibit hall.  


Indiana's Bicentennial Legacy

This year, cities and towns across Indiana will be participating in many different bicentennial celebrations for the state's 200th birthday. As we prepare for our annual conference in the year of this important milestone, check back regularly to see what our municipalities are doing to mark the occasion!

Two Legacy Projects endorsed in Greene County, Greene County Daily World, May 25, 2016
Greene County has added two new Legacy Projects recognized by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. The Bloomfield Jr./Sr. High School Yearbook Class will be digitizing the school's oldest yearbook in its collection. Once completed, the yearbook will be available on the school's website. Additionally, the Greene '16 Committee will be creating pins to highlight all 92 Indiana counties. The pins will focus on two points of interest in each of the counties. Click for more.

Lake County Student Wins National County Government Week Essay Contest, The Northwest Indiana Times, May 25, 2016
Third-grader Miley Loundenber has been named as the National County Government Week essay contest winner for the Association of Indiana Counties’s Northwest District. This year’s essay contest is also endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission as a Legacy Project. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Indiana’s Bicentennial.” Essays were judged on how well students communicated the origin of their home counties. Students were also required to write about an Indiana role model from the last 200 years.Click for more.

Three More Bicentennial Projects for Tippecanoe County, Lafayette Journal & Courier, May 23, 2016
Purdue University's Engineering Projects in the Community Service Program worked with the Indiana Bicentennial Commission to craft a lightweight, technologically advanced torch. Accompanying the project is an initiative that provides "kid-friendly" versions of the torch for schoolchildren. EPICS also helped develop the scaled replicas. According to Sue Scholer, the commission’s Tippecanoe County coordinator, the torches can be reused year after year, unlike the bicentennial torch, which "is a one-time thing." Click for more.

Lowell Selects Theme for Labor Day Parade, The Northwest Indiana Times, May 23, 2016
This year will be the 97th Lowell Labor Day Parade. It is the oldest continuous Labor Day parade in the state. The theme for Lowell's Labor Day parade is "Celebrating Indiana's History."As a result, the parade has been endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission as an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project. Lowell's event will be included on the state's Bicentennial web page. Click for more.

Aurora, Indiana Celebrates State's Bicentennial, Indiana Daily Student, May 18, 2016
“Pioneer Day” was a free event from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 14 at the recently restored Harris Cabin, allowing children and interested community members to experience life in the early 1800s. It was a community effort, and both the event and the restoration of the almost 200-year-old cabin were part of the Indiana Bicentennial Legacy project. Click for more.

Celebrating Indiana, 'Middletown USA', The Star-Press - Muncie, May 9, 2016
Residents of "Middletown USA" can celebrate Indiana's Bicentennial — and Muncie's Sesquicentennial — with a world-premiere event on Saturday, May 14. The free event at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Central High School's auditorium is presented by Masterworks Chorale who received a number of grants to select award-winning contemporary classical composer Marjorie Rusche to compose the nearly-30-minute piece "Middletown Chronicles: The Making of Middletown, America." The event also received an endorsement from the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, making it an official Bicentennial Legacy Project. Click for more.

Exhibit Details How County got its German Roots, The Herald - Dubois County, April 29, 2016
By now, you surely know that many Dubois County residents carry heavy German ancestry, but do you know why that is? Click for more.

Indiana Bicentennial John Wooden legacy project, The Reporter-Times - Martinsville, April 27, 2016
The life of Martinsville native and legendary basketball coach and educator John R. Wooden will be the topic of a special Indiana Bicentennial panel program at 6:30 p.m., May 16 at the Art Sanctuary, 190 N. Sycamore Street, Martinsville. Click for more.

Campaign for History Center in Terre Haute endorsed as Bicentennial Legacy Project, Tribune Star - Terre Haute, April 15, 2016
The Vigo County Historical Society announces that the campaign for the new History Center has received the endorsement of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission as a Bicentennial Legacy Project. Having outgrown the current location, the Society is relocating to the historic Ehrmann Building in downtown Terre Haute. This much larger facility, located on the National Road and site of the Wabash/Erie Canal, will house a 21st-century History Center that includes changing exhibits, technology, an auditorium, gift shop, elevators, and an education/research center. Click for more.

Dillsboro Well Restoration Named An Indiana Bicentennial Project, WSCH 99.3 FM, April 14, 2016
“The significance of the Well No. 2 reaches back to the late 1800’s when the Dillsboro Oil and Gas Company began its search for natural gas. The search for gas and oil was abandoned and after discovering that the water was almost identical to that of famous spa water of Europe, the DeLeon Springs was born and thus the beginning of the bath and resort industry of Dillsboro. In 1908, the company announced the building of a sanitarium at the site of the original drilling and a contract was let for erecting a pumping station and bottling works. The Dillsboro Sanitarium thrived throughout the 1930’s and 1940’s, providing a vacation spot for hundreds of people from all over the United States." Click for more.

Indiana Bicentennial Byways Passports Ready, Batesville Herald-Tribune, April 13, 2016
The Indiana Bicentennial Byways Passport Booklet, containing routes for each of Indiana’s seven scenic byways, is available. The officially sanctioned Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project commemorates the state’s historic transportation corridors. Click for more.

Sweet Home: Conner Prairie Unveils New, Reimagined Conner House Exhibit, Current in Fishers, April 12, 2016
“We really wanted to revamp this house, which is our core. This is why we’re here. We’re here because of the Conner House. Eli Lily bought this to then grow from. We really wanted to kind of revisit it for the bicentennial to add different kinds of experiences, a little bit more modern experience..." Click for more.

Program Supports Youth Projects, Daily Reporter - Greenfield, Indiana, April 6, 2016
The Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project has endorsed the launch of a campaign in Greenfield called Y-GIVE (Youth- Granting, Investing, Volunteering and Engaging). The campaign will grant up to $1,000 a year to each school corporation in Hancock County. One of this year's recipients is an after-school program for fifth graders at Greenfield Intermediate School. Click for more.

Z'GreenFest Celebrates the Monarch Butterfly, Zionsville Times Sentinel, April 6, 2016
Z’GreenFest, Zionsville’s Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration, has been endorsed as a 2016 Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project. The Friends of Zion Nature Center and the Friends of the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library will host the 10th annual Z’GreenFest celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at the library; this year's event will focus on the monarch butterfly. The free event started 10 years ago as a cooperative program between the library and the nature center and their volunteers. Click for more.

Organizers look to make bigger marketing push, The Republic, April 2, 2016
Organizers of the Mill Race Marathon in Columbus, Indiana are hoping the race's designation as an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy project will contribute to higher exposure and attendance for the event. The bicentennial torch relay will move through Bartholomew County the week before the big race. Click for more.

First Lady Karen Pence visits Cedar Lake for bicentennial project, Post-Tribune, April 1, 2016
Indiana's First Lady Karen Pence visited the northwestern Indiana town to take a closer look at the recognized Indiana Bicentennial Commission Legacy Project: an Indiana silhouette shingle. In large or small sizes, each shingle can be painted however the buyer would like, and the Cedar Lake Chamber logo is branded on the shingle in the town's location on the state silhouette. Click for more.

General Information

Natalie Hurt
Special Events & Conferences Director
317-237-6200 ext. 233

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Information

Anne Trobaugh
Corporate Relations Director
317-237-6200 ext. 239