Columbus Asked To Bid For 2016 Democratic National Convention

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Experience Columbus has been contacted by the Democratic National Committee to submit a formal bid for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Experience Columbus officials tell 10TV the request came via email Monday night.

Besides Columbus, 14 other cities have also been asked to submit bids - including Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.

Experience Columbus officials say they'll need approximately $55 million in upfront costs to host the event.  They estimate the week long national convention could generate up to $200 million for central Ohio.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the DNC, wrote to the 15 mayors that Democrats will be looking at to determine the cities’ logistical requirements, and the city's relationship with organized labor.

"Because of the significant security and construction related issues that we will face, we also look for a city with strong relationships with organized labor and those they represent," wrote Wasserman Schultz. "Our priority is to work with a community that will partner with us as we plan this historic event."

Columbus officials have already hosted a reception for Democrats in February.

Earlier this month the Republican National Committee rejected Columbus as a host site for their convention.