Columbus Advances to Next Round in DNC 2016 Hosting Consideration
Columbus leaders have set their sights on hosting either the Democratic or Republication National Convention in 2016. While the city was knocked out of the running for the RNC in April, word just arrived today that Columbus would be advancing to the next round of consideration for the DNC event.
“There are few events that provide us the opportunity to showcase our city on a national stage, and we are ready to put forth our best effort and show the DNC and the entire nation just what Columbus is all about,” said Mayor Michael Coleman.
Along with Columbus, the five other cities that advanced for consideration include Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Birmingham, Phoenix and Ohio neighbor to the north, Cleveland. The next phase of review includes DNC committee site visits to the six cities to evaluate infrastructure, hotels, venues and transportation options.
“We are excited to show the DNC Technical Advisory Group committee that Columbus is ready to host this event and make it fun for delegates,” said Brian Ross, President and CEO of Experience Columbus and Chair of Columbus 2016. “We need to show how we can offer an incredible delegate experience and host some 40,000 guests at our Arena, Convention Center, hotels and restaurants.”
According to an article from TheHill.com, Columbus City Council President Andy Ginther attributed the loss of RNC consideration to the underdeveloped public transportation system in Columbus. That could also be a hinderance for the Democratic bid if the DNC committee values mass transit in the same capacity that the RNC committee does.
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