Unfortunately, we're going to have to wait months to find out which city will host the Democratic National Convention in 2012. In the meantime, you can read about their visit in the Charlotte Business Journal. Here's a peek:
"We put our best foot forward," said Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx. "We've had a very successful couple of days. I'm really excited."
N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue, in town to meet with national party leaders, pronounced the Charlotte pitch a success.
We're going to bring 70,000 to 100,000 people," she said. "It means jobs for our people. This is a good thing for North Carolina. This is an economic-development mission."
Charlotte is one of four cities gunning for the convention. The other finalists are St. Louis, Minneapolis and Cleveland. National party leaders toured the convention center and other sites around town this week as they continue assessing each citys capabilities. Denver hosted the Democrats in 2008, while Minneapolis twin city, St. Paul, was home to the Republican National Convention.
If the convention comes to Charlotte, it will bring 35,000 to 40,000 visitors and an estimated economic impact of $150 million to $200 million.
Foxx and Duke Energy Corp. CEO Jim Rogers are leading the Charlotte bid. Rogers is in charge of a private fund-raising campaign to host the event, with an estimated budget of $40 million to $50 million.
"My job is to garner support to reach out across the country," he said Wednesday.
Assembling the bid is expected to cost $125,000.
Read the rest of this article, by Erik Spanberg, here.
WCNC stalked, um, tracked the tour: