CLEVELAND - The Republican National Committee’s site selection committee has recommended that the party’s 2016 nominating convention be held in Cleveland, Reince Priebus, Chairman of the National Republican Committee announced on FOXNews this morning.
The choice was between Cleveland and Dallas, the RNC announced last month.
The RNC Site Selection Committee's vote is the next step before selecting a city to recommend to the full Republican National Committee during August's meeting in Chicago.
The full committee, made up of three members from each state, will then vote on that recommendation.
The convention will start on July 18.
When they toured Cleveland during the first week of June, RNC officials offered nothing but praise for the city.
"I’m just totally impressed with Cleveland," said Reince Priebus, adding he knew he would be based on the reaction of the technical committee that visited the city in April.
"The technical team came back and said 'guys you gotta check this out. Cleveland has really done an incredible job,'" he said.
Site Selection Chair Enid Mickelsen said the buildings were impressive, but the committee found so much more than bricks and mortar in Cleveland, they found heart.
“Lots of cities have the technical requirements as far as an arena and enough work space and that kind of thing. At this point what we are looking for is a city that wants us, that’s willing to work hard at it, that recognizes that this is a long term commitment," said Mickelsen.
"I mean for the next two and a half years we’ve got to be working hand in glove and you have some remarkable people. Anything that we’ve asked about we’ve gotten, all of the information that we asked for and more back. There’s been a lot of innovative thinking things that haven’t been suggested at other convention sites before," she said.
Cleveland was also a finalist to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, but will secede from the running.