February 1, 2012
At a press conference yesterday at the Charlotte Museum of History, the Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee announced the venues that have been selected to host welcome events for the 15,000 members of the media and approximately 6,000 delegates coming to Charlotte for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
The Media Welcome Event is scheduled for Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the North Carolina Music Factory, hosting a party for 15,000 media members. The Music Factory, just north of uptown, is a site of a former textile mill transformed into an entertainment district with 14 venues, bars and restaurants.
The Delegate Welcome Event will be held on September 2, 2012, and divided between 12 unique venues around the region.
For many of the visitors, these events will be their first impression of the city. Hosting events at 13 venues also expands business opportunities to companies across the region.
Some sites highlight outdoor activities, such as the U.S. National Whitewater Center, the Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville and the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont in Gaston County.
Other picks celebrate the arts, culture, and science. They are the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Discovery Place, Duke Mansion, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Levine Museum of the New South, Mint Museum Uptown and the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
“This announcement demonstrates how hard we are working to showcase the entire Charlotte region while maximizing the economic impact of the 2012 convention,” said Mayor Anthony Foxx, Co-Chair of the Committee for Charlotte.
“We are very proud to announce thirteen separate venue locations to welcome convention delegates and members of the press,” said Dan Murrey, Executive Director of Charlotte in 2012. “Hosting our guests at these distinct venues truly puts our best foot forward as we welcome these folks to Charlotte, many coming here for the first time.”
The locations of the Delegate and Media Welcome Events are The NC Music Factory; Charlotte Museum of History; U.S. National Whitewater Center; Duke Mansion, the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden; Carolina Raptor Center; Wadsworth Estate; NASCAR Hall of Fame; the Mint Museum Uptown; Levine Museum of the New South; Harvey B. Gantt Center; The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art,and the Discovery Place.
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