Written by: Evan Thomas, MCCOY Vice Chairman of the Board
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One of the most surprising and heartening things I’ve learned from MCCOY is how much community involvement we have in Indianapolis. I think we all know we have more than our fair share of issues, but good people wanting to help doesn’t seem to be among them.
That said, I really shouldn’t have been surprised by all the media accounts of how much the people of Indianapolis played into the success of the events leading up to the Super Bowl. The people made the difference. I believe that, but I also that it takes more than good people and their good intentions to bring off an event as big as the Super Bowl. It takes public – private partnerships, it takes corporate involvement and it takes planning.
The city’s successful landing of the Super Bowl and its execution are a testament to Indianapolis can do. Indianapolis can be a world class city. We have hard evidence that we can form public – private partnerships that work, that the city’s corporate citizens will step up when called upon, and that we have the foresight to lay the groundwork today to achieve something audacious years from now. It’s not a theoretical anymore; Indianapolis does amazing things. Who would have believed a year ago or even a month ago that national media would be saying Indianapolis should be in the regular rotation to host a Super Bowl?
The real trick now is getting the good people, the companies, and the local government all pulling in the same direction without the pinnacle of American pop-culture awesomeness as the rallying point. It’s clear Indianapolis needs something to rally behind. We need something to pull us together. We need some audacious goal to set for ourselves and our city.
What is it?
And zip lines, we definitely need zip lines…