Nashville Eyes Bid for Hosting Future Political Party Convention

Nashville is considering making a pitch for a future national political party convention, according to the Tennessean.
“We’re clearly at a position as a city that we could do it,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “With the new convention center, the new hotels coming online, we have the infrastructure to do it, and I think Nashville would have a great appeal.
“There’s an enormous cost involved. It’s something that would involve a lot of work. But it’s something we should be thinking about, and we will.”
Dean, who will go to Charlotte next month as a voting Democratic delegate and pay attention to how the city operates, said a political convention is “the ultimate convention.”
The numbers bear that out. Tampa is expecting 50,000 delegates, media members, campaign officials, celebrities and other guests, and 16,000 hotel rooms have been set aside, said James Davis, communications director for the Republican National Convention, which has booked more than 90,000 room nights for various groups in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

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