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Tampa to host National League of Cities — in 2020

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Tampa lost out earlier this year in hosting the Super Bowl between the years of 2019-2021, but they will be hosting the the National League of Cities (NCL) Annual Conference in 2020. That announcement officially took place at the NCL conference in Pittsburgh.

According to officials, the Cigar City can expect around 3,000 local elected officials and city staff to convene for several days of educational seminars, organizational policymaking, and networking.

“We are excited to announce that the National League of Cities will head to Tampa for City Summit 2020,” said National League of Cities (NLC) CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony. “I know our attendees will love the opportunity to experience and learn from a host city that is among America’s fastest growing and most economically vibrant cities.”

“Thank you to the National League of Cities for choosing the City of Tampa as the host for your 2020 annual conference,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Hosting the NLC Annual Conference will be yet another way to showcase the City of Tampa to elected officials and private sector partners from around the country. Not only is Tampa on the verge of a transformation, but is an active incubator of new public and municipal policy that we will be honored to share with elected officials from cities large and small across America.”

“Visit Tampa Bay is proud to host the NLC 2020 City Summit. The next four years promise to be transformative for Tampa Bay as a place to live, work, play — and visit, said Visit Tampa Bay’s President and CEO Santiago Corrada. “We understand the intimate connection [between] a city’s attractiveness to visitors and its economic success. We look forward to showcasing our community for municipal leaders from across the country.”

Tampa is hosting the NCAA National Championship Playoff game Jan. 9, and a lot of other cool conferences over the next three years before the NCL comes to town.

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Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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