FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 24, 2014
Contact: Catherine Bonfiglio, City of Charlotte
(980) 322-5591 (c)
Ryan Tronovitch, Deputy Communications Director
Governor Pat McCrory and Mayor Patrick Cannon have announced that after careful review and discussions with civic and business leaders, the City of Charlotte will not submit a bid to host the Republican National Convention (RNC) in 2016. The Governor and Mayor have not, however, ruled out a bid to host the Republican Convention in 2020. “Our community and corporate partners are crucial to our ability to plan and execute an event of this magnitude,” Mayor Cannon stated.
“There is no question that we have the talent, resources, and facilities to carry out a successful convention. The Democratic National Convention was evidence of that. However, at this point, we feel that the most responsible and prudent course of action is to step back and possibly set our sights on the Convention in 2020, thereby giving us, our community, and corporate partners adequate time to prepare,” he said.
Governor McCrory added, “The human and financial investment needed in a short time cycle can best be used on other travel and tourism initiatives to continue successful efforts to grow jobs and the economy in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina. I applaud Mayor Cannon for his thorough assessment.”