Kansas City’s effort to land the 2016 Republican National Convention grows more serious by the day.
TheKansas City Convention and Visitors Association
has announced a 2016 RNC bid task force, chaired by KC MayorSly James
and KCCVA chairmanTroy 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 chairReince 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, KansasEd Eilert
, Chairman, Johnson County Board of CommissionersBrenda Tinnen
, General Manager/Senior Vice President, Sprint Center/AEG-Kansas CityBill George
, President, Kansas City Transportation GroupKevin Pistilli
, President, Raphael Hotel GroupTroy Schulte
, City Manager, City of Kansas City, MissouriJon Stephens
, KCCVA Interim President and Chief Executive Officer