The official word: Tampa in 2012
"We're taking our place in history," said an exuberant Norwood Smith, vice president of sales for Tampa Bay & Co., among the Floridians who came here for the decision.
"The Tampa area boasts state-of-the-art facilities, exciting and vibrant downtowns, and a clear enthusiasm from the community to host our convention," said RNC Chairman Michael Steele.
"It was the whole package. Tampa Bay wanted it so badly," explained Holly Hughes, Michigan National Committeewoman and chair of the 9-member site selection committee.
Photo: Susan Nunn Williams, Norwood Smith and Suz Cavanaugh of Tampa Bay & Co., gather around a computer to watch a live stream of the conference call back in Tampa.