Get on Kansas City’s bandwagon to win the 2016 Republican National Convention

05/22/2014 6:42 PM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

Kansas City faces worthy competitors for the 2016 Republican National Convention: Cleveland, Dallas and Denver were the other finalists announced Thursday.

OK, enough of being humble.

As Mayor Sly James and other supporters keep repeating, Kansas City has very good reasons to think it will be the last city standing when the convention site is announced later this year.

And why would Republican conventioneers go anywhere else when they can come to Kansas City to enjoy tasty barbecue, warm hospitality, a lively downtown and one of the nation’s best arenas for their festivities?

Plenty of work lies ahead.

Kansas City’s boosters must be ready to give a first-class welcome to Republicans when a site visit occurs in the next few weeks. A lot will be at stake, including the potential media blitz and swarm of out-of-town visitors that the convention would bring.

There’s still time to get on the bandwagon: Thanks to impressive bistate, bipartisan efforts, Kansas City has a great shot at hosting the GOP’s 2016 convention.

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