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The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee has announced plans to champion state and local economic revitalization and Florida’s competitive advantage in a series of events during the Republican National Convention in August.

One signature event of this series will be the “Why Florida, Why Now” summit which will invite national and global chief executive officers from a range of industries targeted specifically for their high potential contributions to the diversification of the state’s economy.  The series, which will use the Tampa Bay region as its backdrop, represents a collaborative effort between the Office of Florida Governor Rick Scott and leading business groups, including the Florida Council of 100, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Florida.

“The Sunshine State is poised for a robust economic expansion thanks to a unique combination of logistics, infrastructure and geography,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott.  “When combined with business friendly policies, low taxes, affordable housing, and beautiful beaches and weather, no other state can match Florida as the best place in America to live, work and play.”

“The Host Committee is working with Governor Rick Scott and key business groups to enhance the dynamic economic development of the Tampa Bay area, as well as showcasing the state’s full inventory of competitive advantages,” said Host Committee President and CEO Ken Jones. “While the Convention itself will only last for one week, we have a tremendous opportunity to solidify a long-lasting economic impact to our entire region.  The Host Committee and the community will continue to take full advantage of this opportunity to bring lasting benefits to Florida.”

“The state of Florida is re-emerging as an economic powerhouse, now driven as much by market access and innovation as by beaches and sunshine,” said Host Committee Executive Board member Kathleen Shanahan.  “A Florida location is attractive to manufacturers seeking access to key Southern U.S. markets expected to account for more than 50 percent of population growth in the next 20 years, while also providing the gateway to South American economies.”

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