Las Vegas mayor welcomes chance for Republican National Convention in 2024

Politics

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The 2024 Republican National Convention (RNC) would be welcome in Las Vegas, Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said Monday. In fact, it’s the best place in the country, she said.

In a response to the RNC’s question asking if Las Vegas is interested in being considered, Goodman answered yes.

“To me, this request is not about politics, it’s about bringing millions of dollars in convention business back to our local economy,” Goodman said. “No one does conventions and conferences better than Las Vegas does, and our community is ready for this major economic boost.”

And Goodman expects Democrats to come calling, too.

With the national conventions three years away, a lot can happen. But the bidding process is already in progress, and formal bids are due to the RNC no later than Dec. 1.

The Republican National Committee will convene a meeting on Oct. 26 in Washington D.C. for cities that are interested in hosting the convention.

The three-day convention is expected to bring an economic impact of about $200 million to benefit the host city as delegates and media converge for the high-profile event.

The RNC sent letters to selected mayors in the nation asking about interest in being the site of the 2024 national convention, and Goodman did not hesitate to express support from Las Vegas. according to a City of Las Vegas news release.

With over 155,000 hotel rooms in close proximity and new convention spaces, the mayor believes few cities can compete.

Nevada GOP Chairman Michael J. McDonald issued a statement Monday saying the city would be honored to host the convention:

“We are honored to provide a bid to bring the 2024 Republican Presidential Convention to Las Vegas. This is a huge opportunity for our city and state to bring business back to the convention capital of the world. Outside of the honor of hosting the Republican convention, this is about bringing hundreds of millions of dollars to Nevada. We were excited for the opportunity to pitch this in 2020 and are confident that Las Vegas is the right place to hold the convention in 2024. Our state is hurting, having the highest unemployment rate in the nation the past two months. We need economic stimulus and this convention would certainly provide an economic boost.”

Michael J. McDonald, Chairman of the Nevada Republican Party

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