Monday, July 12, 2010

Q.C. leaders preparing to woo DNC

Posted By on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 12:58 PM

The Charlotte Business Journal reports that Charlotte's leaders immediately mobilized after receiving word that the Democratic National Convention might build their 2012 stage in the Queen City:

Less than 24 hours after Charlotte became one of four finalists to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention, a group of political, business and civic leaders gathered in Mayor Anthony Foxx’s office at the Government Center.

The hourlong meeting started the next phase of the recruiting battle, with organizers pondering everything from meeting schedules and subcommittees to rallying the community and making sure venues such as the uptown arena and convention center exceed expectations. Site-selection experts from the Democratic National Committee are expected to make at least one visit in the coming weeks and, beyond that, the jockeying for supremacy with national party leaders is sure to be intense.

Already local organizers have had to secure commitments for nearly half the city’s hotel rooms — a guarantee of 15,000 rooms per night in and around the convention dates in September 2012 — to land a spot in the final four. Party insiders say one to two cities will likely be eliminated later this summer, setting the stage for a head-to-head battle that will run through the end of 2010.

Read the rest of this article, by Erik Spanberg, here.

Let's look at what the DNC meant for Denver in 2008 ... Overall, it sounds like a fun time. Bring it on DNC. We can handle the chaos and the publicity with characteristic Southern grace. We promise to learn from the mistakes of our predecessors, order our police officers new riot gear and spiff up the place real pretty like. In exchange, we'll gladly take your money — we could use it.

A spotlight was cast on the city, and goofy introductory videos were produced:

Large crowds, and their wallets, came to stay a while:

Rage Against the Machine came to visit, too:

So did Veterans Against the War:

Journalists were arrested:

Protesters were harassed by the police:

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