After competing for months with other finalists including St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Cleveland, the great city of Charlotte, NC has officially been selected to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
The convention, which will be held during the week of September 3rd, had its location selection announced via email from First Lady Michelle Obama to DNC members. “I am thrilled to make sure you are the first to hear some very exciting news,” she wrote. “Charlotte is a city marked by its southern charm, warm hospitality, and an “up by the bootstraps” mentality that has propelled the city forward as one of the fastest-growing in the South. Vibrant, diverse, and full of opportunity, the Queen City is home to innovative, hardworking folks with big hearts and open minds. And of course, great barbecue.”
Mrs. Obama also promised it would be “a grassroots convention.” “We will finance this convention differently than it’s been done in the past, and we will make sure everyone feels closely tied in to what is happening in Charlotte. This will be a different convention, for a different time.”
City and State leaders praised the decision, including Mayor Anthony Foxx and Governor Bev Perdue. The convention is expected to bring more than 35,000 delegates, media, and other visitors to the city and generate more than $150 million in economic benefits.
The 2012 Republican National Convention will be held in Tampa, Fla., the week of August 27th.