CLEVELAND -- Eighty years after hosting its last presidential convention, Cleveland is lobbying hard to land either the Republicans or Democrats in 2016.
New details were released Tuesday in front of Cuyahoga County Council, which agreed to front $2.5 million of the estimated $50 million local groups, businesses and governments would need to pony up to be a realistic contender.
Republicans needed to have candidates submit their proposals by Tuesday. The deadline for the Democratic convention is still a few weeks off.
Either convention would bring in an estimated 35,000 visitors -- and a focus on Cleveland that would be hard to calculate.
"You could not afford to have a public relations campaign equivalent to that kind of an event," county Executive Ed Fitzgerald told Channel 3. "There's nothing like it."
"I can't guarantee that it will mean either party will win Ohio, but it will help," he said.
Among the other contenders for the 2016 conventions: Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Columbus and Cincinnati.
Two other Ohio cities vying for the same convention may seem to undercut any one city's pitch, but Cleveland organizers say it's had a reverse effect.
"It's gotten Cleveland's competitive juices flowing," said Jon Pinney, the local attorney who drafted the Cleveland convention proposal that was delivered to the GOP on Tuesday. "The local business community is engaged and has stepped up. Big companies have already committed substantial funds."
Both Republicans and Democrats will whittle down their lists of final cities by April with decisions made by August.
"Cleveland has made this pitch before -- but this time we have plenty of hotel rooms," Fitzgerald said. "In past attempts we fell short in that category. Not any more."