May 7, 2002
Honorable Richard T. Crotty
Orange County Chairman
201 S. Rosalind Ave.
Orlando, FL  32801
Honorable Glenda Hood
Mayor, City of Orlando
400 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL  32810
Honorable Kevin Beary
Orange County Sheriff
2450 W. 33rd St.
Orlando, FL  32839

Dear Chairman Crotty, Mayor Hood, and Sheriff Beary:

As you know, the Republican National Committee has begun its process, which will lead to selection of a destination for the 2004 Republican National Convention.  The RNC "Request for Proposals" (RFP) was sent to approximately 24 cities in late March.  Representatives from the undersigned group of agencies were assembled to perform research to support the decision making process.  The decision to submit or not submit a proposal must be supported by a thorough evaluation of the available facts regarding the benefits and costs of hosting this very prestigious event.  Following our evaluation of the facts known to us, it is the considered judgment of the undersigned that the cost of the venture would far exceed the resulting benefits.  We recommend to you that a proposal not be submitted.

The following is offered as a summary of our findings.  This summary is based upon evaluation of the RFP itself, information obtained from previous host cities directly, from RNC service contractors, through media records, and from a fact-finding meeting with the RNC Site Selection Committee held in Washington, D.C. on May 1, 2002.



Benefits: Summary of Recommendation: Therefore, we recommend that a proposal not be submitted.  We are certainly available at your direction to provide additional information.  Please let us know if anything further is required.


The Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce
Economic Development Commission of Mid Florida
The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association
Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Orange County Chairman's Office
Orange County Administrator's Office
Orange County Convention Center
Orange County Sheriff's Office
City of Orlando, Mayors Office
City of Orlando, Orlando Cetroplex