CINCINNATI – The Queen City plans to make a formal bid to host the Republican National Convention in 2016.
“We have made a decision to submit a formal bid by the Feb. 26, 2014 deadline. Put more simply, ‘We're in it!’ " Hamilton County Republican chairman Alex Triantafilou said Monday.
Cincinnati representatives met with GOP officials in Washington Monday to find out what it would take to host the convention.
Seven other cities sent representatives to Washington, too. They were Columbus, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix.
The GOP held the meeting to help prospective cities understand the needs and challenges of a convention that would bring in 50,000 people.
The host city is expected to raise as much as $60 million to help pay for the convention.
"The meetings are to give cities the opportunity to ask questions about the process prior to the bid deadline," RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski told CNN.
A group of Cincinnati leaders has been working with the Convention and Visitor's Bureau on a bid since last fall, Triantafilou said.
“We understand that we have come into this process a little later than many other American cities vying for this important international event. But not too late,” Trantafilou said.
If it makes a bid, Cincinnati will make a presentation to GOP officials in Washington on March 3.
Kentucky and Indiana will be involved in the bid, Triantafilou said
“We are reaching out to business, community, and political leaders in the Tri-State region so that we can demonstrate our regional commitment to bringing this convention to Cincinnati,” he said.
“Our best argument for bringing the convention to Cincinnati will be our strategic importance to the next presidential campaign. We will make that argument and do everything in our power to win back the White House in 2016."
The convention is expected to be held in June or July.
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