A month before bids are due, the city of Charlotte announced Friday it will not try to land the 2016 Republican National Convention.
The city was considered a successful host of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, which was estimated to generate an economic impact of roughly $164 million for the region.
But city officials seemed weary from the experience of hosting the DNC, and there was little enthusiasm for trying to land another political convention so soon.
In a news release from the city, Democratic Mayor Patrick Cannon and Republican Gov. Pat McCrory said Charlotte might try for the convention in 2020.
“The human and financial investment needed in a short time cycle can best be used on other travel and tourism initiatives to continue successful efforts to grow jobs and the economy in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina,” McCrory said in a statement. - Charlotte Observer
February 26th is the deadline for cities to respond the the RNC's RFP.