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Indiana may not be in the Super Bowl, but it is competing in the Big Apple.

Who would think Indiana would have the presence it has in New York City!  The state is going head to head with New York on jobs.  If you drive anywhere within about 5 miles of MetLife Stadium in New Jersey you are going to see some electronic billboards.

Those billboards are sending a message that Indiana is after New York's jobs. Indiana also took out a full page advertisement in last Sundays New York Times with the same message. If you can make it there, you can make a lot more of it in Indiana. Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith explains:  "We just need a bigger megaphone. We just need a bigger megaphone because the Indiana story is really good. Businesses make informed logical decisions and if armed with the facts, they will select Indiana."

Today, four members of the city's 2018 Super Bowl Bid Committee are heading to New York and New Jersey for Super Bowl 48.

For the first time, the game will take place in an outdoor stadium in a cold weather city.  The committee says no matter the weather, Indianapolis does have an advantage.

Susan Baughman is with the Super Bowl Bid Committee: "They have an open stadium and I think at end of day, the game is the most important priority, making sure that goes on time per contract, that it does on air and we have a covered stadium that's proven and tested."

As for the other two cities bidding on the Super Bowl in 2018, New Orleans has been shut down by an ice storm, while Minneapolis has been dealing with snow and sub-zero temperatures.

The NFL owners will choose the 2018 host city in May.

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