Saturday, April 05, 2008


At Salt Lake Event, Mayor Becker, Convention CEO Leah Daughtry Answer Questions, Offer Information for Utahns Interested in Getting Involved in Historic Regional Opportunities in 2008

SALT LAKE CITY - Just five months before the 2008 Democratic National Convention in neighboring Colorado, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker joined Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) CEO Leah D. Daughtry today for the sixth in a series of DNCC community forums focused on engaging citizens throughout the Rocky Mountain West in the Convention experience. Mayor Becker and Daughtry, along with Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon, answered questions and offered information to Utahns about the historic regional opportunities presented by hosting a Convention in the Rocky Mountain West.

"Our Party is poised to make history in Denver come August, and we're here today to ensure that the people of Utah have a voice in shaping the story we tell from our Convention stage," said Daughtry. "I am so pleased Mayors Becker and Corroon could join us, as they are emblematic of the new kind of leadership our Party is putting forward here in the West. The Convention presents a tremendous opportunity to showcase our Party's leaders and the importance of the West and Western issues - all on an international stage. Forums like this help us with our homework in putting that program together."

In his remarks, Mayor Becker extolled the virtues of the west. "I believe the west represents a land of stewardship, leadership and opportunity," he declared. "The more the people of Salt Lake engage in this Convention, the more those virtues will shine in August when the country and many others around the world tune in for this historic event." Becker explained how western cities such as Salt Lake City and Denver are leading the way by modeling sustainability practices for the rest of the country.

Today's event marks the second time the DNCC has traveled outside of Colorado for a Convention forum. The series - "Convention Conversations: A Traveling Forum Sponsored by the DNCC" - launched in Denver in September and traveled to Pueblo, Boulder, and Lakewood, Colo. and Las Vegas, Nevada in recent months. The community forums are designed to provide residents in the region with opportunities for direct communication with top Convention organizers and a venue to ask questions, share ideas and find out how they can get involved in the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Daughtry outlined several ways Utahns can get involved in the Convention process, including running for delegate and becoming a regular visitor to The site now provides visitors with the ability to sign up for regular updates on Convention news, events and other developments.

Attendees were also invited to participate in the DNCC's citizen photo journalism initiative. The photo project invites Utah residents and others throughout the region to post pictures of people and places in their community representing the spirit of the West at The photos will be posted to the DNCC's website as a means to introduce delegates and other visitors to the West as they plan their trips to the Convention in August. Convention organizers are also working on plans to showcase the photos in Denver during Convention week.

In keeping with the goal to engage different types of audiences in new and creative ways, DNCC videographers recorded interviews with Utahns attending the forum asking what having a Convention in the Rocky Mountain West means to them. Organizers will work to incorporate those ideas and vision in their planning during the coming months. Interviews from the event will be posted to under the video section in the coming weeks.

Held from August 25-28, 2008, the Convention is expected to pump an estimated $160 million into the Denver area's economy and draw approximately 35,000 visitors to the region.

About the DNCC:
The 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee is the official arm of the Democratic National Committee responsible for planning and organizing the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

1 comment:

nikki23 said...

I tried to attend this, but in the end could not.

Thanks for posting!