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Kansas City tells Republicans it wants their convention here

Updated: 2013-11-13T20:04:52Z

By DAVE HELLING

The Kansas City Star

Kansas City has officially told Republican officials that the area wants to host the party’s 2016 presidential nominating convention.

In a letter sent Oct. 30, Mayor Sly James asked GOP chairman Reince Priebus to send a list of the party’s convention requirements to his office. The list — contained in what’s called a request for proposals — is expected to be released in a few weeks.

“Please consider this correspondence official notice that Kansas City is ready to show the RNC Site Selection Committee why this community is the crossroads of where you have been and where you want to be,” James’ letter said.

In a recent visit to Kansas City, Priebus said the area is a contender for the GOP gathering, but that other cities are also interested in making a bid.

James and other city officials met with Republican representatives earlier this year to discuss the convention competition.

The region will likely be asked to pledge private donations of $50 million or more to the convention planners, and meet a threshold of first-class hotel rooms and other amenities, as part of the process.

The Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association on Wednesday announced a bid task force that includes James and KCCVA chairman Troy Stremming.

Republicans are expected to choose their convention site in 2014.

To reach Dave Helling, call 816-234-4656 or send email to dhelling@kcstar.com.

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