RELEASE: Charlotte in 2012 Announces Event Planners and State Delegation Welcome Event Locations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Contact: Suzi Emmerling; 704-444-8331; firstname.lastname@example.org
CHARLOTTE, NC – Today at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee announced the 13 event planning companies selected to manage welcome events for the 2012 Democratic National Convention delegates. All 13 of the planning companies that secured the event planning bid have local ties: they are either based in North Carolina, have a Charlotte office, or have partnered with a North Carolina event planning company to put on the event.
“Some of our guests have never been to the area and this is a great way to give them a taste of the region and showcase the diversity of our local businesses and venues,” Charlotte in 2012 Executive Director Dr. Dan Murrey said.
The Delegate Welcome Events will be held on September 2 and will be divided between 12 venues around the region that will host the approximately 6,000 delegates. The venues represent the diversity, culture, landscape, and history of the Charlotte region. Rather than hosting all delegates at one venue, choosing to host these welcome events at 12 venues expands business opportunities to companies across the region.
“I am especially happy to report that all the companies are local or have a major presence in the area,” Charlotte in 2012 Chief of Event Planning Mary Tribble said.
Charlotte in 2012 released a Request for Proposal (RFP) through the Vendor Directory for these event planners. The Host Committee evaluated proposals based on numerous criteria, including experience, reliability, relationships to Charlotte and the region, participation of union labor, women, minorities, LGBT, veterans and persons with disabilities, and innovative proposed event concepts.
“I’d like to thank the Host Committee for their continued hard work and commitment to ensuring our convention visitors come away excited by all Charlotte has to offer—from its fantastic restaurants and entertainment, to its incomparable Southern hospitality,” said Travis Dredd, Chief of Staff for the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC).
Charlotte in 2012 and the DNCC adopted a diversity contracting policy for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The policy states that the DNCC has a goal of spending at least one-third of its funding on contracts and projects with Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), Disability-Owned Businesses, LGBT-Owned Businesses, and Veteran-Owned Businesses. Nine of the selected planners qualify as WBEs, four as MBEs, and one as a LGBT-Owned Business.
“I am proud that our planners reflect the diversity of the Charlotte region. This shows the effective process that has been put in place by the Host Committee and the DNCC. This process has allowed me and others on our team to reach far and wide into the community, to meet new people, and connect them with new vendors,” Tribble said.
The following is a list of the selected event planning companies, the venue they are responsible for, and the state delegations that they will host:
• Charlotte Destination Group will host the delegates from Wisconsin, Nebraska and Iowa at the Carolina Raptor Center.
• Creative Events will host the delegates from Colorado, Arizona, Washington and Oregon at the Levine Museum of the New South.
• Dina Berg Blazek Events will host the delegates from Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and West Virginia at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens.
• Event Fantasies will host the delegates from New Jersey and Maryland at the Wadsworth Estate.
• GO! Productions will host the delegates from California, Alaska, Idaho and Montana at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.
• It’s My Affair will host the delegates from New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture.
• Lighthouse Creative Works and Favor Me Events will host the delegates from Illinois, Delaware, Hawaii, Pennsylvania and Ohio at the Mint Museum.
• The Main Event will host the delegates from Florida, Mississippi and Alabama at the Historic Rosedale Plantation.
• New Century Planning will host the delegates from Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Guam, American Samoa and Wyoming at the Duke Mansion.
• Soiree Charlotte will host the delegates from Kentucky, U.S. Virgin Islands, Oklahoma, Indiana and abroad at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.
• The Special Event Company will host the delegates from Texas, New York, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Louisiana, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico at the Discovery Place.
• Team Epic will host the delegates from North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Tennessee at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee is a non-profit, non-partisan organization established by the city of Charlotte to fulfill obligations of the master contract with the Democratic National Convention Committee. In addition to those obligations, Charlotte in 2012 works to engage the citizens of Charlotte and the Carolinas through business and civic opportunities, ensure that the Convention leaves a positive lasting legacy, and tell Charlotte and the region's story to the nation and the world. For more information, visit us online at www.charlottein2012.com.