Portland says no to hosting DNC

Actress Jessica Alba, center, her husband Cash Warren, left, and singer Fergie wave flags during the final session of the Democratic National Convention at Invesco Field in Denver, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Actress Jessica Alba, center, her husband Cash Warren, left, and singer Fergie wave flags during the final session of the Democratic National Convention at Invesco Field in Denver, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — After being one of more than 30 cities invited to submit bids to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the city of Portland declined the offer.

CNN earlier reported the Rose City received the invitation along with mayors from Atlanta to Sacramento. The report also cited the potential $60 million price tag to put the convention together.

It didn’t take long for Portland officials to say thanks but no thanks.

The last three cities to host the DNC are Charlotte in 2012, Denver in 2008 and Boston in 2004.

Charlotte officials reported hosting the DNC injected about $164 million into the economy. But some economists said that’s not necessarily what it seems, since many locals stay out of the convention center area and keep their own money in their pockets.

A study found the 2004 convention netted Boston about $15 million.

And the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce was not aware of any companies expanding or relocating to Denver after the Mile High City hosted the event in 2008.

The Associated Press reports the city of St. Louis again wants to host the Democratic National Convention.

St. Louis hoped to host the 2012 Democratic convention but lost out to Charlotte, N.C. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a local Democratic leader is in Washington on Wednesday to help woo Democratic Party leaders.

Across the state, Kansas City is pushing aggressively to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Kansas City is also on the list of prospective Democratic hosts in two years.

St. Louis has hosted four Democratic conventions but none since 1916.

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