Queen City bids to host GOP Convention

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's largest city has submitted its bid to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.

Charlotte's official proposal comes more than six weeks after city officials said they were considering a bid to host the convention. Charlotte hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

Mayor Vi Lyles says the Republican National Committee sent a letter in December to Charlotte and other cities suggesting they bid to host the 2020 Convention.

The bid includes details on how the city would host the meeting, including how it would house all those at the convention and how it would keep them safe.

Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes says he's pleased how members of his party, Democrats and business leaders are working together to make a strong bid for the convention.

Statement from CRVA CEO Tom Murray: 

“Charlotte has officially submitted a bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention. We’re incredibly grateful for the support and assistance of our many City of Charlotte partners, hotels, venues and others who helped to craft this thorough response on behalf of our region.

We look forward to what this competitive process brings as the RNC assesses submissions from other prospective hosts and will assist their team with any additional information requests they may ask for during this evaluation phase.

We believe in hosting strategic events such as this one since they not only generate substantial economic impact, but also create extensive awareness for our destination by putting us on a national stage.”