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How much was GOP convention worth to Tampa Bay?



Look for an economic impact report this week on the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa. A prediction: The study funded by the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee will conclude that their convention, which did little to help Mitt Romney win the presidency, pumped many gazillions of dollars into the Tampa Bay economy.

And speaking of that convention, congratulations to Ken Jones, the president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Host Committee, who has landed a great new gig after impressing a lot of power brokers involved in the convention.

Jones, 41, is moving from the CEA Group investment firm founded by longtime Republican fundraiser Rick Michaels to become president and CEO of Third Lake Capital, a brand new investment company being launched by the family of billionaire Ron Wanek. Wanek, of St. Petersburg, founded Ashley Furniture and contributed $1 million to the convention host committee.

National Republicans, meanwhile, already are starting to mull host cities for the 2016 Republican National Convention. CNN reports that interested cities include New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Kansas City.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 18, 2013 1:57pm]


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