COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus has submitted its bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Ohio’s capital city touted its convenient transportation, walkable neighborhoods, restaurants and major convention center in an application submitted Friday.
The effort comes two months after Columbus was knocked out of the running for the 2016 Republican Convention, which still could go to Cleveland. Cleveland is also trying to woo the Democrats.
Mayor Michael Coleman says Columbus has done significant work to prepare for hosting a political convention. Such an event is big business for its host city, attracting 45,000 people and bringing in between $150 million and $200 million.
Columbus Congresswoman Joyce Beatty was among the bid’s backers. She called Columbus “a progressive beacon” in the heart of a battleground state.