Minneapolis congratulates Charlotte on 2012 DNC selection

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak congratulated Charlotte, North Carolina for being selected to host the Democratic National Convention in 2012. Minneapolis was one of four finalists considered to host the DNC next year.

While City officials are disappointed that the convention will not be held here, it is an honor for Minneapolis to have been a finalist, particularly when it would have meant hosting back-to-back national political conventions.

City officials and staff, along with Meet Minneapolis, other elected officials, and area civic, community and business leaders, have worked diligently for months to secure the 2012 convention.

"Having been a finalist for this selection proves once again that Minneapolis has what it takes to host any major event," said Mayor Rybak. "Trust me, we’re going to continue to compete for them. Every time Minneapolis vies for this caliber of high-profile event, we strengthen the infrastructure needed to be competitive in attracting conventions and new business to town that in turn create jobs that grow our economy."

Minneapolis will host the 2011 Netroots Conference later this year, and the National Senior Games in 2015. Minneapolis is also working to attract other major events such as the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the National Hockey League Winter Classic, Meeting Planners International (MPI) the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the NCAA Final Four.

Published Feb. 1, 2011