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September 22, 2014

Phoenix Boosts Appeal for 2016 Democratic National Convention

In February, Phoenix, AZ, will host the Super Bowl for the third time. As it gears up for the event, the city is also looking to attract the 2016 Democratic National Committee's largest party.  

Phoenix is one of five cities that has been short-listed to host the next Democratic National Convention, which would bring about 50,000 visitors-including 6,000 convention delegates and 18,000 media members-to town in summer 2016.

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Party organizers visited Phoenix earlier this month to tour the city's meeting and event venues, and evaluate logistics. According to local tourism board Visit Phoenix, the potential site for their convention-the US Airways Center-is within walking distance of 3,000 hotel rooms.

In a statement, Steve Moore, president and CEO of Visit Phoenix said that the city's downtown has a "compact footprint that makes it easy to walk between event venues and hotels, our airport is only five minutes from downtown, and our 62,000-room hotel portfolio includes an impressive collection of resorts with tons of meeting and caucus space."

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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton championed downtown Phoenix's logistical advantages and mega-event experience during the organizers' visit. Following recent controversy, Stanton also pointed out that Phoenix's population is more than 40 percent Hispanic. Phoenix reportedly received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index, which measures the fairness of a city's laws, benefits and services.

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