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Tampa Bay and Company asks for help with RNC visit

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In preparation for a visit from the Site Selection Committee for the 2012 Republican National Convention, Tampa Bay and Company is calling on community members to display signs of welcome.

The Site Selection Committee is scheduled to tour the Tampa-St. Petersburg area March 28-30.

The visit will be a chance for the Tampa Bay area to show it can handle an event of the size and scope of the Republican National Convention, said Paul Catoe, president and chief executive officer of Hillsborough’s official tourism marketing corporation, in a release.

Catoe is encouraging community businesses to feature welcome signs on marquees, post signage in windows and be present at fanfare events. “No sign of hospitality is too small,” he said.

The RNC Site Selection Committee also is scheduled to visit Phoenix and Salt Lake City between late March and early April to determine which city will host the next convention.

RNC members are expected to vote on the Site Selection Committee’s recommendation at their annual summer meeting in July.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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