CLEVELAND - The Republican National Committee’s site selection committee has recommended that the party’s 2016 nominating convention be held in Cleveland, Reince Priebus, Chairman of the National Republican Committee announced on FOXNews Tueday morning.
The choice was between Cleveland and Dallas, the RNC announced last month.
The RNC Site Selection Committee's vote is the next step before selecting a city to recommend to the full Republican National Committee during August's meeting in Chicago. The choice is contingent upon a successful negotiation and the approval of the full RNC, the committee notes.
The full committee, made up of three members from each state, will then vote on that recommendation.
The convention will start on July 18.
Paying for the convention was the top criterion for the 12-member site selection committee, the Associated Press reports. The previous two GOP conventions have sapped party dollars during election years, and party chairman Reince Priebus has insisted the host city not leave the central party picking up the tab, which is expected to be around $60 million.
"I’m confident Cleveland is the right pick for our next national convention. Cleveland has demonstrated they have the commitment, energy, and terrific facilities to help us deliver a history-making Republican convention," Priebus wrote in a statement.
Site Selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen and Priebus both thanked Dallas for their hospitality.
When they toured Cleveland during the first week of June, RNC officials offered nothing but praise for the city.
"I’m just totally impressed with Cleveland," said Reince Priebus, adding he knew he would be based on the reaction of the technical committee that visited the city in April.
"The technical team came back and said 'guys you gotta check this out. Cleveland has really done an incredible job,'" he said.
Site Selection Chair Enid Mickelsen said the buildings were impressive, but the committee found so much more than bricks and mortar in Cleveland, they found heart.
“Lots of cities have the technical requirements as far as an arena and enough work space and that kind of thing. At this point what we are looking for is a city that wants us, that’s willing to work hard at it, that recognizes that this is a long term commitment," said Mickelsen.
"I mean for the next two and a half years we’ve got to be working hand in glove and you have some remarkable people. Anything that we’ve asked about we’ve gotten, all of the information that we asked for and more back. There’s been a lot of innovative thinking things that haven’t been suggested at other convention sites before," she said.
Cleveland was also a finalist to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, but will remove itself from the running.