CLEVELAND - Cleveland City Council voted to pass emergency legislation to support the 2016 Republican National Convention during their meeting Wednesday.
This means the city will pay $2.5 million to cover some of the costs of the $100 million convention.
It also allows the use of city owned properties during the event, including Public Hall, Public Square and public areas of city hall and city-owned parking garages.
In the legislation, the city also agrees to expedite permits and licenses related to the convention and guarantee that all downtown construction projects will be finished by the summer of 2016.
Public safety officials will also apply for a federal homeland security grant that is expected to be about $50 million. The city will get to keep any vehicle or other equipment purchased with the grant after the convention.
The economic impact of the convention is expected to be approximately $400 million.