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Announcing and Delivering the bid - May 19, 2006
(L to R) Greg Ortale, president & CEO, Greater Minneapolis Convention & Visitors Association; Donna Cassutt, DFL state associate chair; R.T. Rybak, mayor of Minneapolis; Chris Coleman, mayor of Saint Paul; Ron Carey, Republican Party of Minnesota chairman; and Karolyn Kirchgesler, President and CEO, Saint Paul RiverCentre Convention & Visitors Authority. (Photo courtesy GMCVA).
On May 19 at a press conference at Nicollet Island Inn Pavilion in Minneapolis, Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced that their two cities will be bidding for the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.  Also on May 19 Reps. Jim Oberstar (D) and Martin Sabo (D) hand-delivered the Democratic bid to the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.; on Monday, May 22 Sen. Norm Coleman (R) likewise delivered the Republican bid to the Republican National Committee. [press release]


DNC Spring Meeting - New Orleans, LA - April 21-22, 2006
The GMCVA hosted a breakfast for the DNC on Saturday April 22 at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans.  Representatives from the GMCVA, along with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, were in attendance.  Notebooks with information on Minneapolis were distributed.  Attendees were to receive a coffee mug that says "Good enough for the Humphreys, Mondales and Wellstones, perfect for DNC 2008" but those did not arrive.  Besides the breakfast, GMCVA had a booth with Minneapolis brochures and info.
Photos courtesy GMCVA 


Initial Letter to the DNC Expressing Interest in Receiving RFP  [January 10, 2006]
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