|May 28, 2008--"We're so
much more than hot dish!" With less than 100 days >
until the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Saint
Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and host
committee president Cyndi Lesher briefed reporters on what to expect
and on the progress of preparations. According to an estimate
by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the
convention will generate $148 million in direct new spending.
Mayor Rybak said the real success of the event will be measured best a
year from now, when people's stays during the convention will make them
want to come back and visit again.