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Republican convention task force named

11/13/2013 11:22 AM

11/13/2013 2:02 PM

Kansas City’s effort to land the 2016 Republican National Convention grows more serious by the day.


Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association has announced a 2016 RNC bid task force, chaired by KC Mayor Sly James and KCCVA chairman Troy Stremming.

But here’s a key quote from the news release: “The City of Kansas City recently submitted a letter to the Republican National Committee (RNC) formalizing the region’s intent to bid on the 2016 convention.”

Here’s what the letter (from James to RNC chair

Reince Priebus

, dated Oct. 30) said, in part:

“Kansas City is the perfect host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention and I’m looking forward to making Kansas City’s case. 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.”

The release also says the GOP will issue a formal request for proposals in “the next few weeks.” That’s the next step in the process, and suggests the timetable for a choice remains fixed on 2014 selection.

Other members of the task force:

Mark Holland

, Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas

Ed Eilert

, Chairman, Johnson County Board of Commissioners

Brenda Tinnen

, General Manager/Senior Vice President, Sprint Center/AEG-Kansas City

Bill George

, President, Kansas City Transportation Group

Kevin Pistilli

, President, Raphael Hotel Group

Troy Schulte

, City Manager, City of Kansas City, Missouri

Jon Stephens, KCCVA Interim President and Chief Executive Officer


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