FitzGerald Praises Cleveland's Selection as RNC Finalist

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CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, who last February introduced and, upon County Council's approval, signed into law legislation authorizing $5 million for hosting a national political convention in 2016, issued the following statement after the Republican National Committee identified Cleveland as one of six cities currently under consideration:

"Hosting a national political convention would be an incredible opportunity - bringing in as many as 35,000 visitors and up to $200 million in net economic benefits for our region. With the progress we have made in recent years to restore faith in county government, as well as our work to open a new convention center and begin construction on a 600-room downtown hotel, Cleveland is in a strong position to compete with any other city for one of the 2016 conventions. I applaud Mayor Jackson and the entire Cleveland 2016 Host Committee for their tremendous efforts, and I look forward to continuing to work with them to bring a national political convention here in two years."