Kansas City’s Bid For GOP Convention Survives Cut

Mike Duncan speaks at the 2008 Republican National Convention. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Mike Duncan speaks at the 2008 Republican National Convention. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

The Republican National Committee’s site selection committee cut Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio, from the list of potential hosts for the 2016 Republican National Convention, leaving Kansas City and five other cities in the running. The RNC’s site-selection committee is expected to make its first, technical visit to Kansas City sometime in late April or early May.

Kansas City’s bid task force has raised a “considerable” amount of money to back the effort, but Mayor Sly James declined to give a specific figure. The city has spent about $50,000 on the convention effort so far, he said, with most of that coming from private contributions.

Cities that have hosted recent party conventions say the effort can cost $50 million or more. But the return, should Kansas City host the convention, could exceed $200 million — along with millions of mentions in the media, James said.

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