And then there were six.
On Wednesday, the Republican National Committee announced that it had narrowed its list of potential host cities for the 2016 Republican National Convention down to six, including Kansas City, Missouri.
Kansas City was selected for a visit by the RNC’s site selection team later this year, along with Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, and Las Vegas. The visits will take place prior to the RNC’s Spring Meeting in May, when the committee will select sites for official visits by the RNC. According to the RNC, staff from the site selection committee will visit the six cities “for a more in-depth and technical look at financing, convention venues, media workspace, and hotels.”
“The eyes of the world will be on the RNC and our host city in the summer of 2016, and these six cities have shown they have what it takes to move forward,” said the RNC’s Site Selection Committee Chairman Enid Mickelsen. “I want to thank each city for their tireless efforts and hard work throughout this process, and I look forward to this next phase as we select a city to help us nominate the next Republican President of the United States.”
Kansas City Mayor Sly James said he was thrilled that Kansas City made it another round, joining the other five cities in beating out Columbus and Phoenix.
“On behalf of the KC2016 Bid Task Force, we are pleased to advance to the next round in a very important process for the RNC,” James said. “We understand the importance of a seamless and worry-free convention for the RNC in 2016 and are extremely grateful to Chairwoman Mickelson, the Site Selection Committee, RNC Chairman Reince Preibus and the RNC staff for this opportunity.”