Nashville among 15 cities considered for hosting Democratic National Convention in 2016

Nashville has made the list of 15 cities being considered for hosting the Democratic National Convention in two years, reports the Tennessean.

Chicago, New York City, Miami and Las Vegas also made the cut to host Democrats as they gather from around the nation to choose their party’s nominee to succeed President Barack Obama in the summer of 2016.

More than 30 potential sites were invited in February by the Democratic National Committee to submit applications for the nearly week-long event. Local officials have until June 6 to submit their proposals — or not, if they decline — about how the city would partner with the DNC to stage the massive and costly event.

Nashville has been ruled out as a site for the 2016 Republican National Convention. The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. said other organizations had booked the Music City Center for the dates the GOP convention is to take place.

Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., estimated that hosting the Democratic convention would cost as much as $70 million and tie up the Music City Center for four to six weeks while preparations are made. But the event would bring prestige, thousands of visitors, millions of dollars in spending and worldwide attention.

“When you demonstrate you can host an event of this magnitude, you’re pretty much showing you can host anything,” he said.

Note: Not surprisingly, Roy Herron thinks Nashville would be a great choice.

News release from Tennessee Democratic party:
Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron released the following statement in response to the invitation Nashville received from the Democratic National Committee to place a bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention:

“Nashville would be the perfect host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Its dynamic and innovative economy, its inclusive and thriving creative community, and its widespread support for civic engagement in every community all showcase what common-sense, forward-thinking government can do and make it the ideal host city. And of course, Tennessee’s Southern hospitality simply cannot be matched.