April 2, 2014 at 2:25pm
For Immediate Release                                                       Contact: Caroline Joseph
April 2, 2014                                                                          


Press Conference at Cincinnati’s City Hall TODAY at 4pm
Cincinnati, OH – The Republican National Committee (RNC) announced today that Cincinnati has been named among a narrowed field of finalists to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas have also been named as finalists.
The RNC will travel to Cincinnati to conduct a technical site visit where they will take an in-depth assessment of our area’s financing, convention venues, media workspace and hotels. A small RNC staff team will oversee the initial visits in April/May to the narrowed field prior to selecting the cities that will advance to a round of official site visits in late May/early June. A final decision is expected after the official site visits are completed later this summer.
“We are thrilled that Cincinnati has advanced as a finalist in this very competitive process,” said John Barrett, CEO of Western Southern Financial Group. “We feel confident that Cincinnati is equipped to offer a Republican National Convention experience second to none, and we look forward to showcasing our vibrant, convenient and world-class city. We’ll work with our partners, including local elected officials, police, Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau, local business leaders and countless others to ensure a seamless and memorable technical site visit. “
“We welcome this opportunity to show all the many unique amenities the Queen City has to the RNC’s Committee,” said Mayor John Cranley. “Not only would hosting an event of this magnitude provide a significant economic boost for our city, it would also give Cincinnati an opportunity to shine in the national spotlight. We’re confident once they see all Cincinnati has to offer, we’ll be at the top of the RNC’s list.”
The Cincinnati Host Committee includes John Barrett, President and Chief Executive Officer of Western & Southern Financial Group;Ed Babbitt, Vice President and Senior Counsel, Western & Southern Financial Group; Jeffrey Blackwell, Cincinnati Chief of PoliceKathy Dawn, Senior Sales Manager, Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau; Joe Hagin, Principal at Command Consulting Group; Ray Harris, CEO, Nederlander’s US Bank Arena; Greg Hartmann, Hamilton County Commissioner; Dan Lincoln, CEO, Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau; Amy Murray, City Council Member; Barrie Perks, Vice President, Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau; Lindsay Reynolds, Project Manager, Cincinnati Host Committee; Greg Shumate, Chairman, Kenton County Republican Party;Alex Triantafilou, Chairman, Hamilton County Republican Party.
WHAT:               Press Conference with key leaders of the Cincinnati Host Committee
to announce the Queen City advancing to the next round in the bid for the 2016 Republican National Convention
WHEN:                TODAY AT 4PM
WHERE:             CITY HALL
Room 115
                           801 Plum Street


CINCINNATI: The Cincinnati Host Committee announced that they have successfully submitted a formal bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.  The bid was a collaborative effort of local Ohio and Kentucky business leaders, elected officials, the Mayor, City Council, Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau and Republican Party staff.  Mr. John Barrett, CEO of Western & Southern Financial Group, will chair the committee.

“We unequivocally believe that a successful Convention in Cincinnati will help deliver Hamilton County and Ohio for the 2016 Republican nominee,” said John Barrett. “We look forward to working with the RNC and the Site Selection Committee to showcase Cincinnati as a potential host to the most memorable and enjoyable Republican National Convention held to date.”

Ohio has always played a pivotal role in Presidential elections.  Every four years, the international spotlight shines on Hamilton County because of its electoral importance.  Both in terms of fundraising abilities and razor thin voting margins, Hamilton County is sought out by nominees who need to carry the State. Cincinnati has a proven record as being a lucrative fundraising location for the Presidential nominee, and our strong host committee will ensure another financial success.

Cincinnati is also located right in the middle of the tri-state area connecting Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.  Having the support of business leaders, elected officials, resources and the ability to tap into those bordering states gives us a huge advantage and we are excited about the opportunity to highlight both sides of the Ohio River.  

Cincinnati represents a rejuvenated, beautiful and thriving area with amenities second to none. With its world-class facilities, revitalized downtown, unparalleled logistics capabilities and more than 27,000 hotel rooms. Downtown is very compact and walkable, affording delegates and visitors more time to enjoy its world-class art, cultural and recreational resources as opposed to spending time in lengthy commutes. Furthermore, partners from the cities of Newport and Covington, Kentucky, have many wonderful restaurants, tourist attractions, hotels and meeting facilities. All are easily reached by a short walk from the proposed convention venues.  

Cincinnati has proven its ready for the world stage by successfully hosting the World-Choir Games in 2012, a competition of hundreds of singers and musical groups from around the globe that attracted tens of thousands attendees. In 2015, Major League Baseball’s All-Star game will be held in Cincinnati, bringing thousands of guests to the area once again.

Cincinnati is ideally and centrally located within a 500-mile radius to over 60% of the nation’s population.  The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) has been offering more nonstop destinations and more daily/weekly departures than any other airport in the region for more than 65 years. Servicing the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the states of Ohio and Indiana, CVG is located just 15 minutes from the downtown Cincinnati central business district. Our airport serves over 6 million passengers annually, over 1000 weekly departures and 9 airline partners. Cincinnati is the most convenient, easy-to-access city competing for the 2016 Republican Convention.