Cleveland hosts technical team in next round of 2016 Republican National Convention bid

Last visited among six cities still in the running

CLEVELAND - Once again it is the impression that Cleveland makes that will be the last that members of the Republican National Committee will take with them as they decide which cities proceed to the next round of the competition to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

A select few members of the RNC have come to Cleveland to review the technical aspects of Cleveland's bid. Primarily looking at venues like Quicken Loans Arena and the new Cleveland Convention Center as well as some of the city's hotels and hotel projects to make sure Cleveland has the facilities and the ability to host the convention.

Of the eight cities that submitted bids, six were chosen for these technical visits Denver, Las Vegas, Dallas, Kansas City hosted the members over the last two weeks. Cincinnati was today and Cleveland is last as they were when they presented to the RNC in Washington, D.C. in March.

At that presentation the chair of the RNC's Site Selection Committee Enid Mickelson expressed the importance of selecting a city that has the ability to house delegates within a close proximity to the convention site and to have the transportation in place to get those delegates in and out each night in a timely manner.

"What you're trying to do is create a stable platform for our nominee to be able to be the story," Mickelson said. "And so to the extent that you have people sitting on buses for three hours and they're unhappy, or the media workspace - the electricity goes out and you're all unhappy. That becomes the story."

Sometime in mid-May the committee will vote to decide which cities warrant a visit from the full site selection committee that will likely take place late May or June.

A final decision on a convention host city is expected late summer or early fall.

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