Host Committee Overview
The 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee, Inc. (“Host Committee”) is a Florida not-for-profit corporation that operates as a public charity under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Host Committee serves as the officially designated Presidential Nominating Convention Host Committee under federal law and is a registered host committee with the Federal Election Commission. The Host Committee is not involved in any political activity and is in no way considered a political committee under any state or federal laws.
In developing and implementing its strategic action plan, the Host Committee will thoughtfully appoint professionals and volunteer leaders of various kinds to represent the community throughout Tampa Bay. The Host Committee will confirm sponsorships, execute local programs and recruit volunteers, while maintaining the primary functions of alleviating the burdens of local government, promoting the Tampa Bay area, encouraging commerce in the local community, and projecting a favorable image of Tampa Bay to the attendees and the worldwide media in attendance at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Although the main purpose of the Convention is to nominate a candidate for President of the United States, the Host Committee does not play any political role in that process.
Host Committee Activity Detail
The Host Committee will assist the City and the COA in helping execute all actions necessary to ensure the readiness of Tampa Bay to host the 2012 Republican National Convention. The primary mission of the Host Committee includes the following:
- Advise and support the host city, its partners and the local community in efforts to promote the local economy, encourage commerce and economic development, assist with the projection of a favorable image of Tampa Bay.
- Create and implement a program designed to promote Florida and Tampa Bay area businesses as well as to attract and permanently retain business opportunities from outside of the State of Florida.
- Support the Committee on Arrangements and the Republican National Committee to fulfill all bid obligations as outlined in the RNC – Host Committee Site Agreement, including raising approximately $50+ million in private contributions to facilitate the needs of hosting the 2012 Republican National Convention.