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James W. Wade III | 7/9/2014, 11:48 a.m.

The Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee announced that Cleveland will be their recommendation to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. The RNC and Cleveland will now enter into exclusive negotiations on key details for the 2016 convention.

The Site Selection Committee’s recommendation will be presented to the full Republican National Committee when they meet in Chicago in early August. The Site Selection Committee’s recommendation remains contingent on successful contract negotiations and a final vote by Republican National Committee Members at the RNC’s summer meeting in Chicago.

“A Cleveland convention offers our party a great steppingstone to the White House in 2016, and I’m encouraged by the committee’s recommendation. The team from Cleveland has gone above and beyond the call of duty and I think they’re representative of a city eager to show the country all the fantastic things they have to offer,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

Since the announcement came that Cleveland was among the final two cities to get it, many already figured Cleveland would be the one selected. The committee wants to hold the convention in late June. Cleveland was able to accommodate while Dallas’ American Airlines Center was booked for NHL and NBA games. They offered mid-July instead.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson and his committee worked tirelessly to help assist in the RNC to make their decision. Last week, RNC advisers returned to the city to review technical aspects.

“I extend my deepest gratitude to Dallas. They are a world class city with wonderful venues and fantastic people and I’m certain they’ll make a great host for our party in the future,” said RNC Chair of the selection committee, Enid Mickelsen.

The RNC set a new standard for conventions during this process. Not only will the convention be held earlier in 2016, there are also substantial guarantees in place for funding that put Cleveland well ahead of previous conventions and will give our nominee the best opportunity to succeed.

“Cleveland has much to offer delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention. I welcome the economic benefit and national attention the convention will bring to the City of Cleveland and the region. It would also provide an opportunity for the Republican delegates and national media to learn more about the hopes, strengths and challenges facing our residents,” said Democrat Congresswoman Marcia Fudge.

Ohio Republicans are proud to have their city be the focal point in 2016.

“This is great news for Cleveland and our entire state,” Republican Sen. Rob Portman stated. “It’s a unique opportunity to showcase the new Cleveland as one of America’s great cities, and to bring dollars and jobs to Ohio. I am really proud of the way the Cleveland community has come together to support the first national convention in Ohio since 1936. The Cleveland community deserves the credit for making it happen. I’ll continue to work closely with the Cleveland host committee and the RNC regarding convention planning to help whenever I can to ensure this is a successful convention,” Portman said.