TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A major national conference that would have brought more 4,000 visitors to Tampa, filling hotel rooms and restaurants and bringing together intelligence agency and military leaders and defense industry behemoths, is the latest victim of the government shutdown.
The Tampa Tribune reports that the GEOINT 2013 Symposium has been scrubbed. It's billed as "the preeminent event of the year for the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities" and was scheduled to be held at the Tampa Convention Center from Oct. 13 to 16.
Organizers at the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation say the inability of key personnel to travel because of the shutdown is to blame. The conference will be held in spring 2014.
Chamber of commerce officials say the postponement will have an effect on the local economy.