Minneapolis Eyes Democratic ConventionJust two years after helping host the Republican National Convention, the city of Minneapolis is vying to play host to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
By: Associated Press, WDAZ
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Just two years after helping host the Republican National Convention, the city of Minneapolis is vying to play host to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Kristen Montag, a spokeswoman for Meet Minneapolis, said the bid was being submitted Friday, the deadline for bids. Meet Minneapolis functions as the city's marketing arm.
Minneapolis hosted some of the functions associated with the GOP's 2008 convention, though the primary site was Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. A post-convention report prepared by a University of St. Thomas marketing professor said that brought $170 million in new spending to the area.
The 2008 convention was also marked by rowdy demonstrations, with some 800 protesters arrested by police. The 2012 Democratic convention is scheduled to start Sept. 3 of that year.