Nashville’s bid to host the 2024 Republican and Democratic National Conventions
Nashville will bid to host the Republican and Democratic National Conventions for the upcoming 2024 election cycle.
Butch Spyridon, CEO of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., said Monday that he would bid for both conventions at the “request and support of the governor’s office.”
“NCVC’s primary role is to book convention business for Nashville without bias,” Spyridon said in an emailed statement. “We work daily with clients to book conventions and with people who want help recruiting meetings and events. It is not appropriate for the NCVC to choose which groups will meet in Nashville.”
The NCVC confirmed on Monday that it submitted a response to the Republican National Committee’s request for proposals on Dec. 8 and requested a request for proposals from the Democratic National Committee on Nov. 2.
“We have a lot to show for Tennessee and we’re always ready to play host,” Casey Black, Lee’s publicist, said in an email Monday. “We would be happy to host either party’s convention in Nashville.
Tennessee Republicans in 2017 courted RNC officials for an early review of the 2020 convention, but Nashville ultimately decided against proceeding in 2018. In 2020, Nashville was in the mix as the RNC raced to find a last-minute host city in the middle of a stalemate. with North Carolina over restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The main convention events, which were to move to Jacksonville, Florida, were later canceled.
As RNC leaders planned to visit Nashville, some city leaders raised concerns about cost and safety as the search for a new location came just months after the pandemic began in a short time lapse. A spokesman for Mayor John Cooper said the city had no plans to use its “limited public funds” to recruit the convention at the time.
Cooper’s office has yet to return a request for comment regarding the 2024 conventions.
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Political conventions are mammoth undertakings for host cities, which must be able to accommodate thousands of people in suitable meeting spaces and hotel rooms. Philadelphia, host of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, estimated 50,000 visitors descended on the city, which also drew thousands for political protests.
Economic researchers in Ohio, where the 2016 Republican convention was held in Cleveland, found that the convention resulted in an economic impact of $142 million to $188 million for the city, according to the study. Organizers spent more than $110 million, WKYC reported in 2017.
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