2012 Democratic National Convention Site Selection News
2012 Republican National Convention Site Selection News
Monday was the deadline for cities to express interest in hosting the 2012 Democratic National Convention
The DNC will solicit more information from those cities, including their capacity to host such a huge event, and that data will be evaluated by a technical advisory group, party officials said. A certain number of cities will receive site visits, and party leadership will make a final decision. - Philadelphia Inquirer
Phoenix is interested in either convention
Phoenix is submitting an initial bid today to host the GOP convention, and Mayor Phil Gordon informed Democratic Party leaders earlier this week of plans to vie for their 2012 gathering.
Neither party has held its convention in Arizona, but local boosters say new hotel rooms, the convention center's $600 million expansion and the new $1.1 billion light-rail system have put downtown Phoenix in prime position to host such an event. Although organizers would have to raise tens of millions of dollars to put on a convention and all its festivities, recent history has shown the events are an economic windfall. - Arizona Republic
Charlotte appears to be pushing hard to host the DNC.
Queen City leaders are moving forward with plans to submit a bid to host the next Democratic National Convention in 2012.
After mulling over the topic for months, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority decided to submit a letter of interest this month to the Democratic National Party in hopes of getting the convention. Over the phone Wednesday, Tim Newman with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority told city leaders that Charlotte was moving forward with the bid process.
"We expect we'll be putting our proposal in sometime in the spring and then they'll do site visits and we expect a decision to be made sometime this summer," explained Newman of the process. - News14
Tampa will bid for the Republican National Convention
After being rebuffed by the national Republican Party twice, Tampa officials on Friday will submit a bid to host the 2012 Republican National Convention.
"We should be a contender and hopefully the third time will be the lucky time," said Al Austin, a developer and Republican fundraiser who led the failed efforts to bring the 2004 and 2008 conventions here. - St Petersburg Times
It should be interesting to see exactly how many cities bid for the conventions. In 2008, the Republican convention had 4 bids according to the above article while the Democratic convention had 11 cities express interest and 3 actual bids.
It may be an easy choice this time around if only a couple of cities bid for each convention.