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Wooing the Democratic National Convention

Michael Calhoun
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis is waiting to be invited to the dance for the Democratic National Convention.

“The letter will basically give us a guideline that outlines what the DNC is looking for. For example, number of hotel rooms, the exact date which is obviously important and how big of a space the DNC will need,” says Maggie Crane, Mayor Slay’s spokeswoman.

Crane tells KMOX News that the letter will likely come this week, and that St. Louis will almost certainly put in a bid.

She notes that the city came close to hosting the convention in 2012.

“Quoting Mayor Slay, he said pursuing the DNC 2016 was a worthwhile endeavor. He also noted that St. Louis was very close in 2012 so we anticipate that we could make a pretty good run at it this year too,” says Crane.

St. Louis is generally regarded as the runner-up to Charlotte for 2012.

“Last bid was a really serious, very solid bid. St. Louis has a lot to offer and is very astute at handling large organizations and events all at the same time,” says Crane.

Charlotte was the winner last time, and had to contribute 36 million dollars.  Crane says the St. Louis business community would have to assist to make the convention possible.

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