February 22, 2016

New CEO Wants To Raise Conner Prairie's National Profile

Activities during Conner Prairie's 2015 Glorious Fourth celebration.  - Courtesy Conner Prairie

Activities during Conner Prairie's 2015 Glorious Fourth celebration.

Courtesy Conner Prairie

FISHERS, Ind. (AP) — The new president and CEO of a central Indiana interactive history park best-known for its children's activities wants to make it a destination for more travelers by raising its national profile.

Norman Burns also wants to increase respect for Conner Prairie's economic value in the Indianapolis area. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports the park has an annual economic impact of $33 million statewide.

Burns says he doesn't think a lot of people think about places like Conner Prairie being an economic engine for the community.

About 91 percent of the visitors to Conner Prairie are from Indiana. Burns would like to see that balanced with guests from out-of-state and other countries. He says it's too remarkable a site to be visited only by people from the Indiana.

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