Cleveland's win could mean big bucks for Ohio

RNC picks Cleveland for 2016 convention; both parties welcome national spotlight
Andy Ouriel
Jul 9, 2014

It remains a mystery whether LeBron James resumes his basketball career in Cleveland.

But one slam-dunk definitely coming to C-Town: The 2016 Republican National Convention.

GOP leaders on Tuesday announced Cleveland as the host city for the national event, scheduled for two summers from now.

Cleveland, edging out Dallas in the final round, ranked No. 1 on the GOP’s list, mainly for logistical and transportation reasons.

Republicans also surely want to secure electoral votes from Ohio, considered by many as the most important swing state in presidential elections.

A convention could help them overthrow Democrats in the White House, considering President Barack Obama claimed Ohio in both of his campaigns. History dictates, more often than not, that the presidential candidate clinching Ohio typically becomes commander in chief.

The convention also comes with added bonuses likely benefiting Erie, Huron, Ottawa and Sandusky counties.

In 2012, when Tampa Bay hosted the Republican convention, this spectacle injected about $404 million of income — through taxes, business-to-business spending and other related investments — into the city and surrounding areas.

While the largest chunk of money for the 2016 convention would funnel into Cleveland’s coffers, nearby tourism-heavy communities stand to split a small sliver of this economic output.

For instance, during the multi-day event, it’s assumed many delegates and visitors will travel westward and head to popular regional attractions — such as Cedar Point, Kalahari Resort, the islands, race tracks and more — before, during or after the convention.

“This is a good thing for us, and we are excited for Cleveland, said Dawn Weinhardt, Lake Erie Shores & Islands managing director. “I am sure, with the volume of the people that will come to the convention, that we will see people staying overnight in our hotels and elsewhere.”



Local reaction

Through statements and interviews with the Register, here’s what some past and present local, state and federal officials said about Cleveland landing the 2016 Republican National Convention:


“This is a good thing that will bring a good economical impact for this area.”

— Bob Bickley, former Milan mayor and past Erie County Republican Party chairman


“It is great that Republicans across the country will spend seven days in Cuyahoga County, seeing the fruits of the successful leadership of (Cuyahoga County executive and Democratic gubernatorial candidate) Ed FitzGerald, (Cleveland) Mayor Frank Jackson and Cuyahoga County’s next county executive Armond Budish. The region’s rebirth is due to their leadership and the hard work of the people of Cuyahoga County.”

— Ohio Democratic Party chairman and state Rep. Chris Redfern, D-Catawba Island


“It will give an economic boost to our entire area. I find it kind of interesting that when (people lobbying for Cleveland to host the convention) counted hotel rooms, they counted hotel rooms in places in our area. This is going to be a positive for Republicans in Ohio and a positive for economics here in northern Ohio. Hopefully, some good will come of it.”

— Chris Marinko, Erie County Board of Elections Republican member


“Today’s announcement is excellent news for Ohio. It represents another step forward in the city of Cleveland’s Renaissance. This is about bringing jobs to northeast Ohio and ensuring that our region’s economy continues to grow, with the focus of the country, and even the world, on Ohio once again.”

— U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio


“The national convention is not just a political event, but it is a tourism event that will help Ohio’s economy and gives northern Ohio a chance to show off what we have to offer. I would expect field trips from the delegates to take place, like them going to the islands and Cedar Point that will specifically benefit Erie County and the North Coast."

— State Sen. Randy Gardner, R-Bowling Green


“As with most conventions, people like to come a few days early or stay a few days late and take in the sights around the area. We have so much to offer them, and I think if we market ourselves the right way, it can really make a huge difference.”

— State Rep. Terry Boose, R-Norwalk


"I'm not surprised they chose Cleveland. Northern Ohio has so much to offer. It will be a real positive thing for everybody,"

— Erie County Republican Party chairman CJ Kamm





Interesting choice...a city in the blue-est part of one of the many swing states that went for Obama in 2012.

I figured that, if they did choose one of the Ohio cities that submitted bids, they would choose Cincinnati, since the southern part of the state is more conservative leaning than the northern. Could it be that they are finally attempting to reach someone other than their old, white base?

Of course, it will take more than a convention to attract new members. Only if they update their views on social issues and economics will they succeed in that endeavor. I can't imagine many places where a tea party member would be more out of place than Cleveland.

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The Hero Zone

Sen. Brown's response was a lot less sideways than State Rep. Redfern's. I'm not exactly clasping my hands in thanks that this will change Cleveland (nor the party) but it won't hurt. Hopefully the spotlight is used constructively. Maybe they can nominate a candidate who will be bold and effective?

Maybe my one hand is full of wishes... Sigh. I'm too young to be so disillusioned.


". Sigh. I'm too young to be so disillusioned."

My youngest is 22, and you deal with younguns everyday. Reality is a hard thing when it rears up on its hind legs and slaps you across the face. Realism is what you are experiencing. This kid is facing harder times than my other critters did. These kids have only seen bush and obama and the divisiveness of the congress's have been under/with both. They can only read about how Clinton and Reagan got their policies done with Congress's that were controlled by the "other" party. They have never seen such a thing first hand.

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It's a steep learning curve and we of the younger generation are fairly upset with it. Not that it is difficult, but rather, because it doesn't have to be as such. Why the hell are we looking for answers to solve Washington's problems from inside the city so rife with them?

Why is our President doing fundraising for a party of which the majority of the citizens are not members? Yet he is supposed to represent all U.S. citizens! It's so baffling, infuriating, and awkward to see this play out.

But offer something better than what we have?
Big Dog won't allow it because he enjoys the status quo too much.

Put something actually progressive out there to adopt?
Coasterfan's party won't let him agree with it and he's happy to let them dictate what he repeats and thinks.

Just get done making philosophical, logical, and/or historical points that counteract a statist position?
Darwin's Choice makes a one liner about failure or a bumper-sticker drive-by.

Want to talk to people based on civility even in disagreement?
Contango gets into snips with others and call names which blunt his other points.

(I'm not a certified philosopher nor pose succinct arguments, just to be clear I'm not thinking I'm somehow better as a human being.)

I'm not attempting to squash other's posts nor style for we all judge what we read ourselves. In fact it is because I DO read what they write I use them as friendly examples. But, I just want a channel of political discourse which shaves away the fluff and actually addresses the CORE of what is happening. I want to be able to talk about the garbage coming out of Sen. McCain's mouth without "hurr-durr Democrats are the master race" replies which are met with equally-deep and distracting counterpoints.

Sorry, this is all a big venting session from a (as was said in "My Cousin Vinny") "yoot". I'm going to eat some pasta, play a game, and I'll feel better for it. But until I settle down I will pine away...and continue to read. The comments of those I mentioned above, yours, and the myriad of others who post regularly. Just trying to figure it all out.

If any of you are reading this, I'd love to see Ptero, Biz, Babo, and Nemesis post more since it is rather rare and I tend to enjoy the perspective they put things in even if I disagree or don't quite understand at first.

The Big Dog's back

Repubs are the cheapest spenders. They want everything for nothing. I remember when cheney stopped at a roadside market and got $35 worth of produce and flipped the guy a $20 and said keep the change.

Darwin's choice

That was biden....



Some folks don't even recognize they are being examples. It is sad to think that is the best they can do, is trying to push their party first above their own views, dividing people into "classes", they must be lacking core beliefs, we know they have no common sense, nor realistic views. One party is all good and the other all bad. Propaganda is alive and well, in party politics as has been clearly demonstrated. Sad they don't even realize they are examples, scary thing is I am starting to belive they are becoming the norm, not the exception.

The Big Dog's back

Yep, right wingnuts exemplify this.

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The Hero Zone

It's easier to not think for oneself. So in American tradition we outsource our opinions to other people to make for us. Then apparently we go to great lengths making fools of ourselves to protect the opinionated teat from which we drink, having lost our own ability to find logic food.

Dr. Information

Big Dog, will you PLEEEEAASEEEE go gobble up some more big macs and finish off what your horrible diet didn't already do.


And they continue to do it even after it is pointed out. Fine examples that the propaganda has taken root and those root run deep. It is always the "other" party. I wish we could kill that "other" party, that "other" party sucks.


Regardless of your political affiliation, this is a huge win for Cleveland and northern Ohio in general. Most Americans are familiar with Cleveland only through bad jokes and our losing sports teams. This will be an opportunity for thousands of people who would otherwise never visit this area to learn what a great place it is to live. Lets just hope that our leaders can get their act together and insure that the city and region puts its best foot forward.