Tampa nabs 2012 Republican convention. Er, congratulations?
A GOP site selection team announced Wednesday that Tampa, Fla., is the pick for the 2012 Republican convention. While many cities benefit from hosting a convention, some have found pitfalls.
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… or is it the loser?
That should bring lots of revenue, tourists, and attention to the Gulf Coast city, right? Er, it might also mean lost investments, protests, and lingering lawsuits.
But the RNC isn't concerned about that. It just wants a warm, sunny place to throw a party for its party for four days in 2012. So, like many fun-loving college kids, it chose Tampa.
It’s not hard to see why.
And the competition wasn’t exactly fierce.
Surely, the lavish wining and dining that local Republicans treated the 12-member site selection committee to in March didn’t hurt.
If the RNC affirms the Tampa pick in August, the 2012 RNC convention will be held at the St. Pete Times Forum – bringing tens of thousands of visitors, hundreds of millions of dollars, and one big challenge to city planners scrambling to raise funds, beef up security, and manage logistics.