Business and government leaders from Missouri and Kansas are aligned to push for winning the 2016 Republican National Convention for Kansas City.
There will be a battle of bids for the GOP Nominating Convention and the Convention and Visitors Bureau is comparing Kansas City with other cities that have expressed interest, including Phoenix, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Chicago.
The local task force includes the Chairman of the Johnson County, Kan. Commission and the Mayor of Unified Government in Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan.
Kansas City, Mo. Mayor Sly James is leading the effort with Convention Bureau Board Chair Troy Stremming.
“I think there’s no doubt that we are as far, if not farther, down the road as any other city across the U.S. right now,” said Stremming.
The Republican National Committee is expected to open the way for proposals by end of the year.
Conservative estimates of the convention’s economic worth to a city or region begin at a $250 billion.
Kansas City last hosted the Republican National Convention in 1976.