Three Ohio cities, Las Vegas & several others considering 2016 Republican convention
February 10th, 2014
06:25 PM ET
5 months ago

Three Ohio cities, Las Vegas & several others considering 2016 Republican convention

Washington (CNN) – Representatives from eight cities met with GOP officials Monday in the nation’s capital to talk specifics about what it would take to host the Republican National Convention in 2016.

While the meeting was not a required step in the RNC’s selection process, it provides a look at which cities are seriously considering bidding on the convention where Republicans will choose the party’s next presidential nominee.

Representatives from Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix all met with RNC officials, a senior GOP source told CNN.

The meetings are designed to better help prospective cities understand the logistical needs and challenges of holding an event that could swell the population of their communities by 50,000 people in one week.

Prospective bidders for the GOP convention already received a 29-page document late last year outlining everything from minimum electrical needs to insurance requirements and hotel rooms.

A representative with one of the cities bidding for the convention said the meeting, “allowed them to ask more detailed questions about information contained in the request for proposal.” The city representative, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, added that the GOP officials “did not ask them any questions about their bid,” adding “that would come at a later time.”

RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski would not speak directly about specific bids but she did say "the meetings are to give cities the opportunity to ask questions about the process prior to the bid deadline."

Formal bids must be submitted by February 26 and representatives from those cities seeking the convention will make pitches to the RNC’s “Site Selection Committee” the first week in March. Later in the spring, members of the Site Selection Committee are expected to visit the cities, which made formal bids for the convention.

For a community, a convention is a costly affair as the host is expected to raise upwards of $60 million to help pay for it. But if managed correctly, a convention pays off as the surrounding communities are flooded with 50,000 new visitors and the city is showcased on an international stage for weeks leading up to the event.

The Site Selection Committee will consider a number of factors as it determines what city it will choose to hold the 2016 Republican National Convention including the ability to raise the estimated $60 million, adequate infrastructure, ease of transporting delegates and visitors to and from the convention hall, public perception, and if holding the event in a particular location will help the party politically in the November election. The Democratic Party goes through a similar process when choosing its convention site.

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Liz the First

    Sad to see the evil emblem hanging on the neck of a woman. how brainwashed do women have to be to promote their oppressors?

    February 10, 2014 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    Las Vegas is more up the teaklan valley.
    Where else can they all sin together with everything they are so against. Those family values will be put to the test and they will fail miserably.
    Wouldn't have it any other way.

    February 10, 2014 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    The city has to pony up $60 million? Sounds like change the Koch brothers could find in between their couch cushions. Or maybe the GOP is expecting the cities to cut services to the poor to pay for it ...

    February 10, 2014 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  4. timverba

    I do not think I have ever heard of multiple cities within a state seeking to host the same party convention. It would seem to dilute the power of the state to lobby. Speaker Boehner and Senator Portman lobby for Cincinnati. Governor Kasich lobbies for Columbus. But then most of the congressional delegation lobby for Cleveland.

    February 10, 2014 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  5. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    I'd think twice about hosting the GOP deadbeats convention after the GOP DEADBEATS STIFFED the hoteliers here in Florida in 2012. The RNC DEADBEATS will be lucky if they can find a city . Who wants a bunch of GOP bigots walking the streets of their city???????

    February 11, 2014 05:40 am at 5:40 am |