2008 Republican National Convention Names Official Innovation Provider Google Inc., YouTube Combining Forces with GOP to Create Tech-Savvy


    SAINT PAUL, Minn., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Embracing
 technology that will propel the 2008 Republican National Convention to the
 forefront of the digital age, the GOP today announced that Google Inc. will
 serve as the Republican National Convention's Official Innovation Provider.
 Convention President and Chief Executive Officer Maria Cino made the
 announcement in a unique video posted to the convention's new YouTube(TM)
 channel (http://www.youtube.com/gopconvention2008). The video, also
 showcased on the convention's website (http://www.GOPconvention2008.com),
 highlights Google's cutting-edge, computer-generated SketchUp(TM) graphics
 of the Xcel Energy Center, where the convention will be held.
     (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080114/RNCLOGO )
     As Official Innovation Provider, Google Inc. will enhance the GOP's
 online presence with new applications, search tools, and interactive video.
 In addition, Google will help generate buzz and excitement in advance of
 the convention through its proven online marketing techniques.
     "Google and YouTube are synonymous with innovation, and our
 groundbreaking collaboration will set a new precedent for engaging and
 involving Americans in the Republican National Convention," said Cino. "We
 also remain firmly focused on providing the eventual Republican nominee
 with every tool available to communicate his message to the American people
 - and this agreement is an important part of our efforts."
     The convention's official website, http://www.GOPconvention2008.com,
 will eventually feature a full-range of Google(TM) products, including
 Google Apps, Google Maps, SketchUp(TM), and customized search tools, which
 will make navigating the site easier. The convention's YouTube channel will
 enable visitors to upload, view, and share online videos. These innovative
 technologies will also help the GOP streamline convention organization and
 expand its online reach across websites, mobile devices, blogs, and email.
     "As more Americans go online to learn about elections, we're pleased to
 work with the Republican National Convention to give citizens around the
 world easy access to convention information and new ways to engage in the
 event," said David Drummond, Google's Senior Vice President of Corporate
 Development and Chief Legal Officer.
     "This year, YouTube will bring a new dimension to this landmark event
 by enabling GOP visitors to share their unique experiences with the world
 through the power of online video," said Chad Hurley, YouTube co-founder.
 "We look forward to working with the convention committee and watching the
 action unfold."
     The 2008 Republican National Convention will be held at Saint Paul's
 Xcel Energy Center from September 1-4, 2008. Approximately 45,000
 delegates, alternate delegates, members of the media and other guests are
 expected to attend the convention. Minneapolis-Saint Paul is expected to
 receive an estimated $150-$160 million positive economic boost from the
 event. For more information about the 2008 Republican National Convention,
 please visit our website at http://www.GOPconvention2008.com.
     Google, YouTube, Google Earth, Google Maps, and SketchUp are trademarks
 of Google, Inc. All other entity and product names may be trademarks of the
 respective entities with which they are associated.
     Paid for by the Committee on Arrangements for the 2008 Republican
 National Convention
     http://www.GOPConvention2008.com Phone: (651) 467-2008
     Not Authorized By Any Candidate or Candidate's Committee

SOURCE 2008 Republican National Convention

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