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Gen Z offers insight into the future of Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A public conversation will be held Wednesday to help area leaders in sports, culture, tourism, and education gather more insight to help Indianapolis grow.

NEXTGEN Indy is being put on by IUPUI’s Department of Tourism, Event, and Sport Management’s Industry Advisory Council in collaboration with Downtown Indy, Inc., the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association, Indiana Sports Corp, and Visit Indy.

At NEXTGEN Indy, attendees will hear the results of a study of 500 Gen Z residents throughout Indiana on their perceptions, interests, and values toward the city.

“The three things that will get them the most excited to see in Indianapolis: Number one, fully developing the River Walk experience along the White River which is something already underway. Number two, urban adventure experiences like climbing structures or ziplining through the city. And then, having a themed amusement park — think Navy Pier or something like that, similar to Chicago,” David Pierce, director of the IUPUI Sports Innovation Institute, said.

Most of the young adults surveyed say the city compares to Nashville, Tennessee, and said they love Indianapolis because of the great museums, must-see sports venues, and iconic attractions.

NEXTGEN Indy will begin at 3:30 p.m., with the study presented at 3:45 p.m., followed by a panel discussion and reception. The event will be held at the Hine Hall Tower on the IUPUI campus.

Visit the NEXTGEN Indy website to learn more.