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Cleveland throws in it's name for the Democratic National Convention

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Cleveland has bid for both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Cleveland has bid for both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

David Gilbert with Positively Cleveland is getting pretty good at courting conventions. We sat down with him today to ask if we are really trying to get both.

"I think realistically it is going for one," said Gilbert. 

 

The problem is it costs a city about $50 million dollars to host one of these mega events. A lot of that money is pledged and donated by corporations with some city and county money.

So to host both just isn't realistic financially. But to be the only city now being considered by both says a lot.
 
"It's a real affirmation that logistically this city now has the infrastructure to host really the biggest conventions in terms of meaning, that there are in the country," Gilbert told us. 

The reason Cleveland appears to be ready now as opposed to five or 10 years ago is the downtown resurgence.

Seven new hotels in downtown will be up and running by 2016. And the brand new Convention Center is ready to go.

"And I can tell you that with the folks from the RNC that have come in, it is absolutely affirmed for us that they have a completely different view of Cleveland after they've been here than before they've been here. And we're ready to show that to the world," Gilbert boasted,

The DNC selection process is just getting started. The RNC is finishing site visits this week. He might be a little biased but

 

"I think we feel very confident that in both cases we have a realistic chance. We're not just a token player in it," said Gilbert. 

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