The Weekly View: Convention Recap


Mayor Bob Buckhorn The Weekly View
 
Monday, September 10, 2012
Photo of the Day Mayor Bob Buckhorn
 
Mayor Buckhorn welcomed the Republican National Convention to Tampa on the main stage last week.
[Photo by James Borchuch, Tampa Bay Times]

News Review

  9/1/12 Top Story - Tampa Bay Times Editorial: Lessons from the convention
  The Republican National Convention has been declared a success but there are still lessons that can be learned from the event. Tampa economic development officials made an impression on corporate America and worked hard to sell Tampa. The key is how we capitalize on the success of hosting the RNC.

The city and supporters easily played well enough to win. Buckhorn, in particular, was out and about throughout the event, attending to every detail possible. It was an impressive performance. Police Chief Jane Castor and Sheriff David Gee also demonstrated remarkable leadership.

It may not have been the sort of week that registers high on the Mardi Gras fun scale, but it was a milestone event in the city's development.

  9/2/12 Tampa Tribune Editorial: Despite some fumbles, a big win
 

The City of Tampa started preparing for the Republican National Convention two years before the gavel dropped in the Tampa Bay Times Forum. By all accounts, the planning paid off. The overall economic impact was positive, and law enforcement maintained a cordial relationship with protestors, ending the week with just two arrests.

The city and supporters easily played well enough to win. Buckhorn, in particular, was out and about throughout the event, attending to every detail possible. It was an impressive performance. Police Chief Jane Castor and Sheriff David Gee also demonstrated remarkable leadership. It may not have been the sort of week that registers high on the Mardi Gras fun scale, but it was a milestone event in the city's development.

  9/4/12 WUSF: What Charlotte Learned from Tampa about Convention Protests
 

Charlotte officials came down to Tampa to observe the RNC before their own convention the following week. What they saw was law enforcement who were flexible enough to handle spontaneous demonstrations and trained in deescalating confrontations. Ultimately, Charlotte had more arrests than Tampa but their number was still low at just 25.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said his main advice to Charlotte’s organizers is to be willing to adapt and change plans quickly.

"You have to recognize that and understand that this is very, very dynamic and to not get rattled when things happen that you didn’t anticipate," he said.

 

Today's Schedule
  Tue Sept 11, 9:30 a.m. Tampa Fire Rescue 9/11 Memorial Tribute
  Tue Sept 11, 6 p.m. Tampa Chamber Reception Honoring Col Scott & Mrs. Martha Dethomas
  Wed Sept 12, 10 a.m. Ballast Point Park Grand Reopening
  Wed Sept 12, 1:30 a.m. United Way-City of Tampa Campaign Kick-off
  Wed Sept 12, 7 p.m. THAN (Tampa Homeowners, an Association of Neighborhoods) Annual Meeting
  Thur Sept 13, 6 p.m. German American Chamber of Commerce South Florida Chapter Reception
  Thur Sept 13, 7:30 p.m. USF v Rutgers Game
  Fri Sept 14, 9 a.m. 38th Annual Omega Psi Phi Florida Statewide Meeting
  Fri Sept 14, 6 p.m. Xcelience Clinical Supplies Facility Ribbon Cutting
  Fri Sept 14, 4:15 p.m. USF Ybor Youth Clinic Ribbon Cutting
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