Mayor Cannon talks about possible RNC bid for Charlotte

Mayor Cannon talks about possible RNC bid for Charlotte

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on January 9, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 8:29 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte has been invited to make a bid that could bring the Republican National Convention here to Charlotte just four years after the DNC was held here.

"It wouldn't surprise me if we were able to pull that off,” said Mayor Patrick Cannon.
Mayor Cannon says he doesn't know if the city of Charlotte wants to host the RNC yet but he feels pretty confident it could.

"We've been there done that, and so when you talk about sort of being prime and ready to take on another convention of this type we have the ability to be able to do it," said Cannon.

Cannon says he isn't surprised the RNC invited Charlotte, along with 26 other cities, to submit a Request for Proposal, especially considering in 2016 there will be more hotel space. Already, uptown has a new Hyatt and two other companies have expressed interest in opening two other smaller hotels, but there are a lot of things to consider.

"I plan to meet next week with other city officials to have a conversation about if indeed we have the resources given we are just coming off the DNC."

A consultant hired by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Bureau reports that the DNC brought a $164 million economic impact to the Queen City, but there are still unanswered questions about what the RNC’s needs will be.

"Also you have to be able to look at the numbers in terms of what the RNC may call for versus what the DNC called for to say maybe this is above our heads, or we're landing in the right place."

Taking into consideration the large monetary role companies like Duke Energy contributed to getting the DNC, Cannon says there are many facets of the community that need to be consulted.

"I think after having some discussions in the private sector --  it makes some level of sense to talk to those in the private sector, where might area businesses be because there's still a role for them to be able to play if indeed this is something we go after," said Cannon.

Cannon says he plans to sit down with Governor Pat McCrory and other key city leaders next week.
The deadline to place a bid is Feb. 26. The RNC will host what it calls an "Interested City Day" in Washington D.C in the next few weeks.

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