Brooklynites create video to promote DNC bid
December 15, 2014
Following on the heels of the announcement that New York City is a finalist to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, with the main venue slated for Barclays Center, and the City’s roll-out today of a new website promoting the effort, the local community is getting behind the effort. The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and BRIC released this new video, featuring more than 25 area stakeholders supporting the City’s bid:
The other two finalist cities, as announced by DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, are Philadelphia and Columbus (Phoenix and Birmingham were eliminated from the running). The decision on the winning city is expected early next year.
“We’re thrilled to move to the next step of the selection process to determine where Democrats will come together to nominate the 45th President of the United States,” said Wasserman Schultz in a statement announcing the finalists. “We are fortunate to have such a diverse and vibrant group of cities interested in hosting this special event.”
The finalist cities were selected after visits by a technical advisory group, which considered logistics whether there are enough venues to handle 30,000 visitors, and the required security.
City officials have proposed that Barclays Center act as the convention’s main venue.
“There is no, no, no better place than Brooklyn, New York for the convention,” said Senator (and Brooklyn native) Charles Schumer. “There is no place that says the American dream burns brightly better than Brooklyn.”
And Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, who represents the district that encompasses Barclays Center, claims that Brooklyn has “swag on lock down—a convention anywhere else in the United States of America is just going to be ‘eh.’”
For his part, Mayor de Blasio has sounded confident about Brooklyn’s chances. In a press conference after the announcement, he touted the $250 million injection into the local economy after the 2004 RNC in Manhattan. He also recently announced that New York’s host committee has received $15 million in pledges, and will go on to raise over $100 million to make the 2016 convention a success.
Want to help plug the City’s bid? Click here to share the video and be sure to use the hashtag #DNCNYC.