- RNC Selects Cleveland as Host for 2016 Convention
- July 18, 2014
- Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
No Republican Presidential nominee has won the White House without carrying the state of Ohio since 1860, something not lost on Republicans today who announced this week that they had selected Cleveland, Ohio to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Cleveland beat out several cities along the way, in the end besting Dallas in the final decision.
The GOP plans to hold its 2016 convention earlier than usual, with possible dates of June 28th or July 18th being considered for the start.
"This is great news for Cleveland and our entire state," Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said in a statement. "It's a unique opportunity to showcase the new Cleveland as one of America's great cities, and to bring dollars and jobs to Ohio."
For the RNC, the top consideration was the budget presentations from each of the competing cities. Current RNC Chair Reince Preibus insisted that city proposals outline how they would pay for the convention - rather than sticking the bill with the party.
In proposals and presentations to the party, city officials outlined how each would raise the tens of millions of dollars required to pay for the weeklong rally for the party faithful. A successful convention is a boon not just to the political party, but also to the local economy.
In a post-convention report, organizers of Tampa, Fla.'s 2012 GOP convention said its $58 million in fundraising resulted in a $214 million direct economic impact. Some 50,000 activists, officials and reporters descended on the Tampa area for the convention, officials said. More journalists visited Tampa for the GOP convention in 2012 than visited in 2009 when Tampa hosted the Super Bowl.
That economic impact is one reason cities have been competing for months to host the convention.
Organizers earlier eliminated bids from Denver; Cincinnati; Columbus, Ohio; Kansas City, Missouri; Las Vegas and Phoenix.