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The Democratic National Committee has named Charlotte a finalist to host its 2012 national convention.
The three other finalists are Cleveland, Minneapolis and St. Louis.
Hosting the national convention could bring an estimated economic impact of up to $200 million to the region’s economy and thousands of visitors to the region, the city of Charlotte says in a press release.
Charlotte’s DNC 2012 Host Committee is co-chaired by Mayor Anthony Foxx and Duke Energy Corp. Chief Executive Jim Rogers. Organizers have previously said Charlotte would need to raise $50 million to host the convention.
“The 2012 Democratic National Convention carries a significant and positive economic impact and will also put our city, our region and our state on an international stage,” Foxx says. “Working with a dedicated, bipartisan team of public and private partners, Charlotte is well positioned to land this convention.”
The DNC will announce the 2012 host city by year end.
As I said on Twitter this evening, Charlotte would be the perfect place for the DNC to host its convention. Not only is this city a liberal haven, but I’m sure Barack Obama would love to put this state in the “blue” column again.
I’m getting the red carpet ready, because if Charlotte is selected, I want to make sure that I’m involved with other conservatives in giving the DNC a warm “welcome.”