Las Vegas moves on to next selection phase for Republican convention


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Las Vegas moves on to next selection phase for Republican convention

By Stacey Gualandi. CREATED Apr 2, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas is moving on to the next selection phase for the Republican National Convention in 2016.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman couldn't be more excited, "The city is so compact here. That's what to me is the most spectacular offering that we have. You can get from one locale to another so easily and part of our life here is all about conventions."

The announcement was made Wednesday by the Republican National Committee. Other cities moving on to the next round of consideration are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver and Kansas City.

Sometime in April or May, a small team from the RNC will visit each of the six cities for a more in-depth technical look at financing, convention venues, media workspace and hotels.

The RNC will reconvene soon after their spring meeting to make a determination which cities will receive visits from the entire committee.

Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki said having the convention here would be a boom to the state. He said the last Republican convention brought in $400 million to Tampa, Florida. Now he can't wait to present everything Las Vegas has to offer to the world.

"These Republican and Democratic conventions are watched by more people on this planet than any other event. We can showcase not only the Strip and our infrastructure, but also the community that we have," said the Lt. Governor.  

The RNC should have a decision on the winning city in late summer or early fall.