Six cities are vying to host the 2016 Republican convention. They are Cleveland, Cincinnati, Denver , Dallas, Kansas City and Las Vegas.
CLEVELAND -- Six cities are vying to host the 2016 Republican convention. They are Cleveland, Cincinnati, Denver, Dallas, Kansas City and Las Vegas.
An advance team interested more in details than being wined and dined has been making the rounds of the competitors. They are also being accompanied by Site Selection Committee Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen.
She has said, "There are no favorites, no underdogs."
On Wednesday, they visit Cleveland, the final stop on their tour.
In Denver, Superstar Quarterback Peyton Manning greeted them. In Las Vegas, they got two deluxe meals at a luxury hotel.
What can they expect in Cleveland Wednesday?
Mayor Frank Jackson says simply, "They can expect the facts."
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald adds, "This is to make sure we have the technical ability to pull this off. This is going to be a nuts-and-bolts meeting."
The visitors want to see if Cleveland can deliver on the specifics of its bid package.
There will likely be visits to The Q and the Convention Center and briefings on hotel rooms, transportation and security.
Positively Cleveland's David Gilbert said, "It's not a lot of pomp and circumstance. It's not a lot of confetti. It's not about the very best meals they can eat. It really is very much about the content of the visit and what they are going to hear."
The convention would bring about 50,000 visitors and a huge economic impact.
A decision narrowing the field is expected in mid-May. Cities still in the running after that would get full site selection committee visits in late May and June.
The city that lands the convention is expected to be announced in late summer or fall.
Cleveland's also in the running for the Democratic Party's big party.