Kansas City ramping up effort for GOP convention

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Officials in the bistate Kansas City area are stepping up a campaign to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Officials recently submitted a letter to the Republican National Committee formalizing their intent to bid on the convention.

On Wednesday, a special bid task force was announced. Members include Kansas City Mayor Sly and Pinnacle Entertainment executive Troy Stremming, who also chairs the city's Convention and Visitors Association.

Members from the Kansas side include Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, and Mark Holland, mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan.

Kansas City officials are also working on their sales pitch. They're touting more than 30,000 hotel rooms and a $6 billion downtown redevelopment that includes the new Sprint Center arena.

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