PRESS RELEASE from 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee

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Aileen Rodriguez Communications Director

2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention Announces Lineup for Economic Development Series with Bloomberg Week-long Series to Tackle Timely Economic Issues

(PR NewsChannel) Tampa Bay, FL (August 16, 2012) – The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention is pleased to announce the lineup for its economic development series being held during the week of the Republican National Convention. Headliners for the series include former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Javier Palomarez, Florida Governor Rick Scott, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, St. Augustine Partners President George P. Bush, Infante Zumpano Partner Daniel Diaz Leyva and Margaret Spellings & Company President Margaret Spellings. Other presenters, panelists and moderators consist of senior executives within the business world, including leaders from companies such as AT&T, Citi and The Coca-Cola Company. In addition, several more national and global CEOs and senior management are expected to participate as panelists and audience members.

“We are excited to use the platform of the Republican National Convention to showcase Florida and the entire Tampa Bay region as a premier location for business,” said Host Committee President and CEO Ken Jones. “It is a great honor to work with Bloomberg to bring such a phenomenal group of business leaders to the Tampa Bay area for this groundbreaking economic development series.”

The CEO-based series, which will be held August 27 – 30, 2012, will be hosted in partnership with Bloomberg and is a collaborative effort with several leading business groups, including the Florida Council of 100, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Industries of Florida. The series will tackle timely economic issues, with topics of discussion ranging from international trade to the emerging workforce.

“The Host Committee’s economic development series with Bloomberg is an opportunity to spotlight the key advantages of Florida’s business environment,” said Host Committee Executive Board Member and CEO of URETEK Holdings Kathleen Shanahan. “With its tax advantages and increasing trade activity, Florida is a prime location for existing and relocating businesses to experience prodigious growth.”

“This series will put the business implications of government on full display and bring together CEOs and public sector officials to discuss what works—and what doesn’t work—when it comes to economic development here in Florida,” said Co-Chairman of Bloomberg Government and Chief Content Officer of Bloomberg L.P., Norman Pearlstine. “This series is part of Bloomberg’s larger effort to bring together the best in news gathering, data collection and analysis to report and interpret the trends and dynamics that will define the election season and determine who controls Washington.”

The economic development series will kick off with an evening reception on the first night of the Convention at the University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation with several forums taking place throughout the week. The series will wrap up on Thursday afternoon with a final forum on education.

About the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee
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WASHINGTON, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former Presidential Candidate Gary Bauer congratulated Governor Scott Walker for his win in Wisconsin's recall election, calling it "another sign that taxpayers will award office holders ready to do the hard work of reigning in out-of-control government spending."

Bauer, the chairman of the Campaign for Working Families,  made the following statement:

"I congratulate Governor Scott Walker for his hard-fought victory tonight, and most especially for having the courage of his convictions to fight the good fight. But the victory in Wisconsin is not Scott Walker's alone.  It is a victory for the hard-working taxpayers of Wisconsin, who foot the bill year after year.  It is a victory for common sense over powerful special interests.  It is a victory that taxpayers in every state can celebrate.  It is a victory, yes, even for some union members.

"Since Gov. Walker's reforms were enacted, tens of thousands of state employees have opted to keep more of the money they earn rather than let the public employees union siphon off their hard-earned dollars.  In other words, once given the choice, more than half of the public employees union's members decided that they didn't need the union.  These reforms will pay real dividends for the taxpayers of Wisconsin.  They are the real winners tonight.

"The recall election is a sign of good things to come.  The power of the Big Labor bosses has finally been checked, not just in Wisconsin, but also in scores of other states across the country.  More governors, legislators and taxpayers will be inspired to stand up against the liberal labor unions and do what is truly in the best interests of their communities.  Wisconsin's 10 Electoral College votes are now in play, and the anti-tax, small government movement that swept the country in 2010 is about to sweep Barack Obama out of office in 154 days!"

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