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Archery Trade Association to hold trade show to Louisville in 2016, 2019 and 2024

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a convention that's expected to bring a big boost to Louisville's economy for the next 10 years. The Archery Trade Association says it will bring its show to Louisville in 2016, 2019 and 2024.

"We're going through a great period of economic growth in the city right now," said Louisville mayor Greg Fischer. "We have about $3.5 billion of investment taking place in the city. We have six new hotel projects underway, 1,400 additional rooms just downtown, so when you're here in '16, most all of those rooms will be open."

The show will bring an estimated $17 million to Louisville over the course of the deal.

The Archery Trade Association was last here in January of last year. The ATA president says the group is big enough to pick a larger city for its trade shows, but chose Louisville because the city's leaders are easy to work with.

"Everybody's got a lot of buildings, everybody's got a lot of people, everybody's got what I call 'stuff,'" said Jay McAninch of the Archery Trade Association. "You guys have the people, you have a can-do attitude that is extremely important to us."

The trade show is a member-only event that promotes archery and bowhunting business. It's expected to draw crowds of 10,000 retailers and buyers to the Kentucky Exposition Center each year it's in town.

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