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Saturday, June 18th, 2011

LIVE from Minneapolis: Netroots Nation 2012 to be in Providence, Rhode Island

A canal in downtown Providence

A snap­shot of the sights of down­town Prov­i­dence, the host city for Net­roots Nation (Pho­to: J. Stephen Conn/Reproduced under a Cre­ative Com­mons license)

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.

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One Comment

  1. Can’t wait to wel­come you to Prov­i­dence. Be sure to leave time in your sched­ule for AWESOME! 

    In the pho­to above, note the objects up the cen­ter of the riv­er. They’re bra­ziers — fire bas­kets — that float on the water and get lit dur­ing Water Fire, a semi-reg­u­lar event. Fire on the riv­er with wicked cool music on sound sys­tem dis­trib­uted over a quar­ter mile of urban riv­er park. Giant mobs of peo­ple just mill about. It’s free.

    Hope­ful­ly, they’ll sched­ule one for your visit.

    # by Frymaster :: June 20th, 2011 at 9:39 AM

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