Cincinnati selected to host 2016 NAACP Convention

Cincinnati selected to host 2016 NAACP Convention

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati has been selected to host the 2016 NAACP Convention, the Convention and Visitors Bureau confirmed on Tuesday.

The annual convention will bring an estimated 10,000 visitors and $2.2 million economic impact to the area.

Ohio's importance in elections made The Queen City a top contender to host the July 2016 event. Both 2016 presidential candidates are expected to attend the convention, Mayor John Cranley said at a press conference Tuesday morning.

Cincinnati previously hosted the convention in 2008, which was also a presidential election year. Then-Presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and John McCain addressed attendees at Duke Energy Convention Center.

"We welcome the important dialogue that will happen here in Cincinnati as part of the NAACP convention and appreciate the opportunity to host the national influencers and leaders who will be driving those conversations," said Mayor John Cranley in a press release from the CVB.

Since the 2008 convention, Cincinnati has built or renovated more than a dozen hotel properties along with multiple new restaurants and attractions. Leaders say this Downtown revitalization made Cincinnati an attractive host city.

Planned for July 9 through 12, the convention's impact is expected to be felt far beyond downtown Cincinnati.

"Our retailers and other small businesses throughout Hamilton County and on both sides of the river will enjoy both increased visitor traffic and the positive media attention," said Hamilton County Commissioner Chris Monzel.

City leaders, including Police Chief Blackwell and State Representative Alicia Reese, traveled in July to Las Vegas and pitched Cincinnati to the NAACP Selection Committee.

The NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Cincinnati will be host to its 107th annual convention.

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