Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has just taken the stage here in Minneapolis to announce that the next Netroots Nation will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, from June 7th to June 10th.
We had guessed that the convention would be in Providence, mainly because we already knew that organizers wanted to bring NN to Providence last year. They ended up not being able to due to a labor dispute at the Westin Providence, one of only a couple of unionized hotels in the city.
Consequently, this year, the convention went to Minneapolis.
But the dispute between the hotel workers and the management has since been resolved successfully, so next year, Netroots Nation will be in Providence.
To be more specific, it will be at the Rhode Island Convention Center, which has a 100,000+ square foot exhibit hall, 20,000+ ballroom, twenty-three meeting rooms, and is connected to the Providence Westin (the host hotel for 2012) via skybridge.
Netroots Nation has never been to New England or the Atlantic seaboard for that matter — the farthest east the convention has gone was to Pittsburgh in 2009. It’s exciting to see that the convention will be somewhere it has never been before. Providence is an inspired choice for this community’s 2012 gathering.