Itinerary Set For DNC Site Selection Committee In Columbus
Members of the Democratic National Committee will arrive in Columbus on Wednesday to tour the city before they make a final recommendation on where to hold their 2016 national convention.
The 12 members of the site selection committee will arrive at Port Columbus, but their first impressions may not be great.
From ripped up walls, to pipes and wires hanging from the ceiling to the unfinished floor, the airport is currently under an $80 million renovation.
But city officials say it's all expected to be finished by 2016.
From the airport, DNC officials will keep track of how much time it takes for Delegates to get downtown.
Our route took around eight minutes, which is far quicker than any of the other cities in contention.
Their first stop on the tour will be Nationwide Arena where committee members will have to confirm there are enough seats inside to hold the Delegates, alternates and the press.
Across the street is the Convention Center where there will have to be enough work space for the media.
City officials are also sure to show off the new Hilton, likely to be the headquarters for some Democratic heavyweights
DNC members will also be checking to make sure every hotel has the ability to host a breakfast meeting every morning. That's when most state delegations get together.
And Columbus is sure to highlight areas like the Short North.
"There's so much diversity and everyone comes together," said Mattie Roberts. "There's a little bit of everything down here."
Roberts and Rachel Marcum say they hope the Short North will be included on the tour Wednesday.
Local favorites like Rigsby's restaurant - a fixture here for 28 years - could be a hit with the Delegates.
"I think we're more than prepared," said Jason Miller Rigsby's General Manager. "We've been waiting on it and we're really hoping it happens."
The last stop for the DNC is likely to be at The Ohio State University.
Democrats may like to envision their nominee accepting the nomination at the most recognized spot in Ohio - the 'Shoe.