Kansas City Mayor discusses offer to bring Republican National Convention to town
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City was not invited to bid at the Democratic National Convention this round, but the city of Fountains is one of 20 cities invited to bid at the Republican National Convention in 2024. Milwaukee, Wisconsin , Charlotte, North Carolina, and Las Vegas, Nevada are among the others.
“There is a contingent in Washington today that will visit the Republican National Committee,” Mayor Quinton Lucas confirmed. “The simple point of view is just this, it’s a major league city that has done this work in the past, to make sure we’re ready for either party conventions.”
The RNC gives each city a document describing all the requirements of the agreement. During the bidding process, cities need to prove that they can handle the task not only in terms of infrastructure, entertainment and physical needs, but that they also have the money to finance the process. convention.
“Kansas City can handle it. T-Mobile Center is configured for this and all of the surrounding activities are configured for it, so Kansas City can handle it, ”said political strategist Annie Presley, who said money would be the biggest challenge. “It’s just really hard to raise money and if you don’t have a team that is very keen on doing it, it’s hard to raise the money, it’s a challenge.”
A convention in downtown Kansas City could cost nearly $ 200 million. $ 50 million would come from the federal government for security, the rest would be raised by the City through personal and corporate donations.
“It’s a great way to spruce up everything and make sure the city looks,” Presley said. “Great running every fountain, filling every pothole, it’s fantastic just for that reason.”
An RNC would set up a perimeter around the convention campus that only accredited people can access. Most of the money will go toward renting out all of the properties on this campus, including restaurants and hotel rooms to accommodate the 70,000 people who are expected to flock to Kansas City if the bid is successful.
On Tuesday, Lucas asked questions about whether Kansas City’s leftist politics will be a blow to her to move forward with the RNC.
“For me, it’s not about what my policies are, which are a little different from other people in the community. It’s about making sure that our hoteliers are restaurant tours and that so many people who took it on the chin during this pandemic get a chance to make money and do things like lecturing and conventions. That’s what we’re talking about with the offer, ”Lucas said.
Visit KC, which plays a leading role in locations like this, would not comment on the possible candidacy, but Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe sent the following statement: “Missouri is a great state. destination and Kansas City would be an ideal host city for 2024. Republican National Convention. Big conventions like this are good for small businesses and the local economy. The national and global exposure associated with RNC 2024 would undoubtedly help boost our state’s overall economy. “
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