Fresh off of hosting the Democratic National Convention in 2012, Charlotte is now considered a potential host for the Republican National Convention in 2016. The city has received a invite to bid. Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon will sit down with city officials as early as next week to explore the options.
“We're glad Charlotte is considered among other cities in the country to host the RNC,” Cannon said. ”But the one thing we want to make sure we do is dot the i's, cross the t's and determine if indeed this is something that we want to pursue."
These are the other 26 cities with bids.The deadline to commit is February 26. Charlotte wasn't on the initial list of potential host cities, compiled by the Republican National Committee. Now that it's been added, the city has a decision to make on whether it wants to invest the time and money into what has become a very expensive proposition.
“"Given that we've already had an experience with a national convention such as the DNC, we are prime in able to host another convention,” Cannon said.
Erik Spanberg, senior staff writer for the Charlotte Business Journal says it's one thing to be ready to host, but can Charlotte afford it?
"That's a very huge question. A very unanswered question,” Spanberg said. “Remember, in 2012 Charlotte was trying to raise $37 million dollars to host the Democratic National Convention. Ten million of that was guaranteed by Duke Energy. The second issue is with a Republican national convention you're much likely to accept corporate donations. That's something the Democrats did not allow in the democratic convention so that could make up for that gap.”
The mayor said hosting the convention would bring economic development to the region. There are also twenty six other cities invited to make a bid.