The city of Charlotte, North Carolina beat out three other finalists for the honor of hosting the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and raking in an influx of cash that will accompany the political and media invasion. Also rans included Minneapolis, St. Louis and Cleveland.
The announcement came from First Lady Michelle Obama via email to key party members. She wrote, “I am thrilled to make sure you are the first to hear some very exciting news. Charlotte is a city marked by its Southern charm, warm hospitality, and an ‘up by the bootstraps’ mentality that has propelled the city forward as one of the fastest-growing in the South. Vibrant, diverse, and full of opportunity, the Queen City is home to innovative, hardworking folks with big hearts and open minds. And of course, great barbecue.”
According to the Charlotte Observer, Mayor Anthony Foxx stated, “We’re honored that the Democratic National Committee chose Charlotte. We have an unmatched opportunity to show the world what a beautiful, energetic, innovative and diverse city we are building in Charlotte.”
Gov. Bev Perdue added that the decision is great for all residents of the state. “A national political convention is a keystone event that will boost North Carolina’s economy, while showcasing Charlotte and our state to the nation and the world.”
According to the Observer, the influx of participants into the city will exceed 35K, and they are expected to leave $150M in the state.
The convention kicks off on Labor Day, 9/3/12.
The Republican National Convention will take place a week earlier in Tampa FL.