And then there were six.  Earlier today, the Republican National Committee named Denver one of six finalists for the 2016 Republican National Convention.  Along with Denver, the RNC named Cincinatti, Cleveland, Dallas, Kansas City, and Las Vegas.  KDVR summed up the costs and benefits to a host city:

“For a city, a convention is a costly affair as the host is expected to raise upwards of $60 million to help pay for it. But if managed correctly, a convention pays off as the surrounding communities are flooded with as many as 50,000 new visitors and the area is showcased on an international stage for weeks leading up to the event.”

The chairman of the bid process, Pete Coors, offered his insight on the process:

“We believe that no city is better equipped to host the Republican National Convention, and we are excited to make it to the next stage in the selection process.  We will continue to work with our bipartisan coalition of business, civic and political leaders to show the Site Selection Committee just why Denver is the best choice to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.”

Congratulations to all involved on advancing to the next round.