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From my good friend Tommy Duncan over at Sticks of Fire: Tampa welcomes several groups of folks coming to town over the next week, some you may have heard of before, and some I guarantee you that you never knew existed. From small to large, you’ll see them throughout the area enjoying the best Tampa treasures around.

Here’s just a taste of some of the groups who this week will see what Tampa Bay has to offer.

The Association of American Medical Colleges will be here for its Professional Development Conference for Health Professions Financial Aid Administrators. Sure, it’s quite a mouthful to say, but there will be 300 or more attending that meeting, so we welcome them with with a simple “Hi!”

The largest group of the week might be the Underground Construction Technology (UCT) International Conference & Exhibition for the Oildom Publishing Co. of Texas, Inc. About 3,100 people will be attending the conference at the Tampa Convention Center in downtown Tampa, along with one of the local hotels. This convention alone will produce about 2,250 hotel room nights in the area, so it’s great for the economy.

Of course, the Florida RV SuperShow is in town, too, so expect RVers of all shapes and destinations will converge over at the Fairgrounds for the weekend.

Other groups that will be in town include the American College of Radiology, the National Guard Bureau, American Correctional Association, Resource Associates Corporation, Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, ACS Transportation Management Solutions, and others.

In all, more than 8,300 people will be at these meetings which will produce about $6.8 million in delegate spending. So, you can see how this would be a good thing for the Tampa Bay community. Let’s make ‘em feel welcome, mmmk?

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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