A month before bids are due, the city of Charlotte announced Friday it will not try to land the 2016 Republican National Convention.
The city was considered a successful host of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, which was estimated to generate an economic impact of roughly $164 million for the region.
But city officials seemed weary from the experience of hosting the DNC, and there was little enthusiasm for trying to land another political convention so soon.
In a news release from the city, Democratic Mayor Patrick Cannon and Republican Gov. Pat McCrory said Charlotte might try for the convention in 2020.
“The human and financial investment needed in a short time cycle can best be used on other travel and tourism initiatives to continue successful efforts to grow jobs and the economy in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina,” McCrory said in a statement. - Charlotte Observer
February 26th is the deadline for cities to respond the the RNC's RFP.
The Republican National Committee has invited Charlotte to bid on its 2016 political convention, and Mayor Patrick Cannon said Wednesday that he will meet with city staff members to discuss whether Charlotte should submit a proposal.
Charlotte was considered a good host of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and North Carolina could be a closely contested state in the next presidential election – two factors that could help the city’s bid. - Charlotte Observer
In addition to Charlotte, Nashville and San Diego were added to the list we reported on Sunday.
Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis
Salt Lake City has decided not to bid
Even though Salt Lake City was runner-up to host the 2012 Republican National Convention, state GOP leaders have decided not to bid again after all.
"The enthusiasm has to be tempered with the realities you're going to face," State Republican Party Chairman James Evans said, just a few months after enthusiastically announcing the party planned to pursue the 2016 convention. - Deseret News
Statement from the President on the Confirmation of Anthony Foxx as the next Secretary of Transportation
I am pleased that the Senate today voted unanimously to confirm Anthony Foxx as the next Secretary of Transportation. Anthony knows firsthand that investing in our roads, bridges and transit systems is vital to creating good jobs and ensuring American businesses can grow and compete in a 21st century global economy. I welcome Anthony to my team, and I look forward to working with him as we aim to modernize the infrastructure that powers our economy.
This week's RNC meeting in Charlotte has brought about rumblings of having the 2016 convention there.
The Republican National Committee’s meeting in Charlotte this week has fueled speculation that the GOP might return for its national convention in four years.
“It’s always a possibility,” GOP Chairman Reince Priebus said Wednesday at the Westin hotel. “North Carolina was good to us. And it’s a red state – all the more reason to look at Charlotte.”
Neither party has begun the process of choosing its 2016 convention sites. A Republican spokeswoman said the party will begin seeking requests from cities later this year and site selection would begin in 2014. - Charlotte Observer
It's never too soon to talk about conventions! I can't see RNC 2016 in North Carolina though. They'll hold it in Ohio or Michigan or Pennsylvania or Virginia. One of the states they're going to try to steal with electoral vote shenanigans.
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/01/24/3806983/will-charlotte-host-gop-convention.html#storylink=cpy
From President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama:
To everyone who helped make the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte such a rousing success, we have two simple words – thank you. From the tireless work of Mayor Anthony Foxx and the host committee, to the police officers and state troopers who kept everyone safe, to the more than 10,000 volunteers who gave their time and energy, to the incredible people of Charlotte who offered such warm Southern hospitality, you all should be proud.
You made this the most open and accessible convention in history. You built a legacy in Charlotte that will stand for years to come by engaging young people, working to help our children lead healthier lives, promoting inclusive business practices, and making your city more sustainable. You showed off your spirit of service – our friends and family were thrilled to join in by helping to make care packages for returning troops, capping off more than 4,000 volunteer hours served by convention staff. And more than anything, you welcomed the two of us and the thousands of visitors to your city with a level of heartfelt kindness that will never be forgotten.
We chose Charlotte because we wanted a setting that would help us share our values and vision for this country. We believe that here in America, everyone should get a fair shot, everyone should do their fair share, and everyone should play by the same set of rules.
In this election, Americans face the clearest choice we’ve seen of any time in the last generation: We can tell folks they’re on their own and return to the failed policies that led us into the gravest economic crisis since the Great Depression. Or we can say that we’re all in this together and continue on the path to recovery that we’ve begun.
We can reward companies that open new plants and create new jobs here in the United States. We can double our exports and create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years. We can reform our tax code so that it’s simple and fair. We can invest in clean energy like wind, solar, clean coal and natural gas. We can recruit 100,000 math and science teachers in the next 10 years, help 2 million workers learn new skills at a community college, and work with colleges and universities to cut the growth of tuition costs in half in the next decade. And we can use the money we’ll no longer be spending on war to pay down our debt and put more people back to work rebuilding our roads, bridges, schools and runways.
Our vision is grounded in the belief that hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and no matter where you come from or what you look like or who you love, you should be able to build a decent life for yourself and an even better one for your kids. That’s what this election is about.
And Charlotte, we can’t thank you enough for helping us share that story last week. What started with 30,000 people celebrating together at CarolinaFest on Labor Day and continued through three evenings at Time Warner Cable Arena could not have happened without your energy and dedication. So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you all for being so generous, caring, and hospitable. We simply couldn’t have asked for a better host city.
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/09/11/3522313/from-the-president-thank-you-charlotte.html#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy
Thank you so much for being a part of the excitement in Charlotte—we truly regret that we can't all be together to watch the President speak tonight. That's why President Obama will be talking with you and others who have credentials for the convention today, September 6th, at 1:20 p.m. Eastern Time.
You can tune in to the call on this page at 1:20.
Update: If you're in Charlotte now and haven't gotten email instructions, you can email email@example.com to get information about Charlotte area watch parties
CHARLOTTE, Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) today announced that convention programming, originally planned for Bank of America Stadium on Thursday, September 6, would be moved to Time Warner Cable Arena, the site of the first two days of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, due to severe weather forecasts. The DNCC also announced that President Barack Obama will address community credential holders in a conference call on Thursday. Call information will be emailed directly to community credential-holders.
“We have been monitoring weather forecasts closely and several reports predict thunderstorms in the area, therefore we have decided to move Thursday’s proceedings to Time Warner Cable Arena to ensure the safety and security of our delegates and convention guests,” said DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan. The energy and enthusiasm for our convention in Charlotte has been overwhelming and we share the disappointment of over 65,000 people who signed up for community credentials to be there with the President in person. We encourage our community credential holders and Americans across the country to continue to come together with their friends and neighbors to watch and participate in history. The President will speak to these credential holders on a national conference call tomorrow afternoon, and we will work with the campaign to ensure that those unable to attend tomorrow’s event will be invited to see the President between now and election day.”
Definitely sad news for everyone excited to see Obama. I truly believe that the outdoor speech in Denver helped to win Colorado both 2008 and in 2010. The campaign is smart enough to know that they will need to make it up to these people.