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Updated: 08/16/2013 9:20 AM
Created: 08/15/2013 6:23 PM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Tom Hauser

Minneapolis Set to Make 2016 DNC Bid

You can expect the city of Minneapolis to throw its hat in the ring once again to host a Democratic National Convention. 

After losing out to Charlotte, N.C., for the 2012 DNC, Minneapolis is gearing up to bid for the 2016 convention. 

"We have actually formed a local organizing committee that's put in place to help do some of the behind-the-scenes work," says Melvin Tennant, executive director of "Meet Minneapolis," the organization whose mission is to attract conventions and visitors. "This time we plan to be successful."

"Meet Minneapolis" already sent a flyer promoting the city to the Democratic National Committee to let them know of an early interest. 

Minneapolis combined with St. Paul to host the 2008 Republican National Convention.  Although there were problems with protesters and some restaurants and bars that complained of less-than-anticipated business, a study showed it had a $168 million impact on the Twin Cities. 

Tennant says he's also excited about Minneapolis' chances for three other reasons: A still relatively new Target Field, a soon-to-be renovated Target Center and a new Vikings stadium set to open, coincidentally, in 2016.  "By the time the convention potentially comes it could be in the people's stadium," Tennant says. "The time could be pretty tight, but we're excited about having that as a potential venue."

Click here to learn more about the history of the Democratic National Convention.


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