I want to extend my congratulations to Charlotte on being selected to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Any assistance they need, we’re here to help.
We’re obviously disappointed that Minneapolis wasn’t selected, but having been a finalist for this selection proves once again that we have what it takes to host any major event. Trust me, we’re going to continue to compete for them. Every time Minneapolis vies for this caliber of high-profile event, we strengthen the infrastructure needed to be competitive in attractive conventions and new business to town that in turn create good jobs that grow our economy.