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Columbus Submits Bid to Host DNC in 2016

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Submits Bid to Host DNC in 2016
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After much discussion, Columbus has officially thrown its hat into the ring to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

“Hosting a national political convention will command the eyes of the world on Columbus,” said Mayor Michael Coleman. “We’ve done significant work to build a great American city and we are confident in our ability to host a phenomenal event. Our team is diverse, smart and creative, and they have what it takes to put on a historic event of this magnitude.”

Local leaders say that hosting the DNC could draw over 45,000 people to Columbus, which includes 15,000 members of the international media, generating an economic impact of $150 to $200 million through convention and visitor spending.

“This is among the world’s greatest conventions and we are going to make sure that Democratic national leaders know that Columbus is ready to host their event and make it fun for delegates,” said Brian Ross, President and CEO of Experience Columbus. “We’ve built an excellent hospitality industry, with hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues, new parks and more, but the real key is our welcoming spirit and winning attitude.”

Columbus leadership has explored the possibilities of hosting both the Democratic and Republican national conventions. The city made a bid for the RNC, but was eliminated from the running in April. The selection process for the DNC will continue throughout the summer.

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For more information, visit www.columbus2016dnc.com.

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  • wtr1906

    So how long before Democratic Party comes back with the same decision as RP with the same exact reasons?

    • http://www.columbusunderground.com Walker Evans

      Could be likely. Not enough convention/hotel space and no public transit.

      The important thing is that getting that feedback from failed bids is a reminder that we’re missing out on $150-200 million in economic spending for a 4 day event because we’re not willing to spend $100 million on investing in a streetcar line that will run 24/7/365.

      Bring it on. ;)

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