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City pushes First Union as GOP site; no decision from RNC expected until late June
The Republican Party's indecision about where exactly to hold its convention next year - either the Pennsylvania Convention Center or the First Union Center - is now costing Philadelphia money.
Last week, planners for a convention of trade show exhibitors said they would not wait for a GOP decision and decided instead to hold their event in Washington, D.C., according to Mike Gamble, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau senior vice president of sales.
"They just couldn't wait any longer, so they canceled," Gamble said. "In February, we told them June 1 we would have a decision."
June 1 was the official deadline for the GOP planning committee to choose between the Convention Center and the First Union Center.
The convention of trade show exhibitors which canceled would have taken space in two Convention Center hails and had …