Queen City ready to be featured in the national spotlight

Queen City ready to be featured in the national spotlight


by ANJANETTE FLOWERS / NewsChannel 36 Staff


Posted on August 31, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 31 at 11:14 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It’s taken months of planning and finally the stage is set at Time-Warner Cable Arena, where the Democratic National Convention will get underway next week and Charlotte will be in the national spotlight.

“Our city is a remarkable place and I'm excited that people are gonna finally get a chance to see our city up close and personal,” said Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx.

"This is Charlotte's arena and we want the people of Charlotte - young people and people of all walks of life to come here and see what we've done with it,” said Steve Kerrigan, DNCC CEO.

And so Friday, they did.

About 4,000 people from the community including students from the North Carolina School for the Deaf got a tour of the Convention Hall.

“Most people in this community have never been to a convention before and to see this set up, to see what democracy looks like at this level, I  just think it's an amazing civics lesson for so many people, adults as well as children,” said Foxx.

Inviting the public to the Community Open House is part of a much bigger picture and vision for the DNC.

"We said from the beginning we wanted this convention to be open and accessible,” said Foxx.

Kerrigan added, “this convention isn't a closed door party elitist event. That's not what we wanted this convention to be. The President wanted this to be an engaging convention that brought in the grassroots of our country and really engage them in a special way.”

The North Carolina delegates will certainly be engaged. They’ll be seated on the convention floor right in front of the stage.

“One of the great things about having the convention in North Carolina is North Carolina gets a front row,” said Foxx.

He added, “it's nice to see the home team get close up.”

Foxx will be one of the many speakers during the convention.

He said while he’ll emphasize how great the city is in terms of cost of living, quality of life and raising a family, there’s something else he wants the world to know about the Queen City.

“This community also has a spirit and a soul to it that I think the world needs to know about because I think that's our special sauce.  So I'm gonna try to find a way to weave in what I think makes Charlotte more unique than any other place in the world,” said Foxx.

He added, “I'm really excited because today marks the beginning of the world's introduction to Charlotte."