There probably isn’t a person left in town retaining their composure as the really big day looms on the horizon. Including our very own Indy office. Kallie Bonnell was good enough to calm herself down for a few minutes to give us an insider’s look at the Crossroads of America before the rest of the world does.
It’s the next stop on our Vitamin T Global Office Tour!
Vitamin T: What do you love most about Indianapolis?
Kallie: Indianapolis is a large, vibrant city loaded with that great Midwestern hospitality and a down-to-earth feel. The people are truly what make this city great. Which is what guests are sure to notice as they descend on Indy for the Super Bowl.
I really love our different cultural districts. My personal faves are Broad Ripple, Mass Ave, and Fountain Square, all of which are now all connected by the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.
Vitamin T: Why is Indianapolis a great place for interactive talent?
Kallie: Indy has fantastic companies and agencies doing some really exciting and cutting-edge work. Indianapolis recently launched a campaign around the measured marketing industry that’s growing by leaps and bounds here. And did I mention that living here is really affordable? Almost 10% lower than the US average!
Vitamin T: What advice would you have for talent moving to Indianapolis?
Kallie: Get involved! Indianapolis is incredibly networked and close-knit. So, any newcomer should find someone local to pal around with and get involved!
Vitamin T: What are some great networking organizations to connect with in Indianapolis?
- Indy Hub
- VERGE (also on Meetup)
- YPCI (Young Professionals of Central Indiana)
- Bradley & Montgomery (affectionately called BaM). They were winners of a 2011 OMMA Award in the Best Video: Brand Integration/Product Placement category
- Trendy Minds - Clients include Starbucks, American Cancer Society, and Pearson Publishing
- Young & Laramore (Y&L) - Their client roster includes Angie’s List, Goodwill Industries, Procter & Gamble, Farm Bureau Insurance, and ScottsMiracle-Gro
- Kristian Andersen + Associates (KA+A) - They were recently awarded the Groupon account
Vitamin T: What are some odd factoids you can share about the city that newcomers wouldn’t know?
- Indianapolis is the amateur sports capital of the world.
- Indy hosts the largest single-day sporting event in the world: the Indianapolis 500. We also host many Big 10 Championships, NCAA Playoff games like the Elite Eight and Final Four, and, of course, the upcoming Super Bowl.
- Indy draws a ton of conventions each year to our recently renovated ICVA, one of the largest convention facilities in the US. (It would take 1.1 million iPads to cover the floor of the convention center. But that would be a waste, wouldn’t it?)
- More than 50% of the US population is within a day’s drive from here, just in case you ever get lonely.
- We’re one of the top 25 most-visited cities in the country.
- Notable Hoosiers include Kurt Vonnegut, David Letterman, and Michael Jackson (heck, all the Jacksons)
Vitamin T: Parting thoughts?
Kallie: See you all on February 5th!