2012 DNC coming to Charlottte?

By Sarah Batista - bio l email

Charlotte, NC (WBTV) - National networks have reported that  Charlotte is the front-runner to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Charlotte is one of four finalist cities to host the convention, along with Saint Louis, Minneapolis and Cleveland.

Leaders from the City, County and State met Wednesday afternoon to talk strategy in hopes of luring the convention to the Queen City.

If there was any doubt over whether Charlotte could handle the 2012 DNC, that doubt has disappeared.

"Charlotte is the best place for the 2012 convention," said Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx.

Mayor Foxx says not only is the city ready, it's also deserving, and there's proof.

Just consider how much Charlotte has grown in the past 15 years.

The city has everything a big city has to offer--an NFL team, NBA team, Nascar, a growing skyline and city leaders hungry for economic growth.

On Wednesday, MSNBC listed the Queen City as the frontrunner, but Foxx says it's not in the bag yet.

"I'm not relying on it, I'm just going to keep focused and keep doing what we're doing," said the Mayor.

The money it would bring is reason enough to be excited about Charlotte hosting the DNC..

In 2008, the DNC in Denver had a $266 million impact on the area.

Mayor Foxx predicts it would bring between $150 to 200 million  to Charlotte.

"I think Charlotte's ready, I think it's the perfect time for us to be on the world stage, I think we have a great shot at it," said Jennifer Roberts. Chair of the Mecklenburg County Commission.

Mayor Foxx says bringing the DNC to Charlotte would be a major game changer for the city's economy.

"There's no price you can put on that kind of visibility for our community and it's something that will take us to much higher level, " he said.

Foxx says it will cost the city about $45 million  to host the convention, but he says some of the money would could from national fundraiser's. A selection committee with the DNC will be in town next week to see if Charlotte measures up.