Some heavy-hitting politics make take place in this great city on the lake.
FitzGerald will introduce legislation to the Cuyahoga County Council that would authorize $2.5 million to support Cleveland's bids using job creation and tourism as driving forces for approval.
He said, "Hosting could contribute as much as $200 million towards our local economy. I am looking forward to presenting this legislation."
A coalition of non-profits and community leaders have collaborated to establish the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee, Inc., a non-profit corporation that will prepare the bids.
"Cleveland City Council supports bringing a national Presidential convention to our revitalized downtown that offers conventioneers world-class convention facilities, the Rock Hall of Fame, the grandeur of the theater experience in Playhouse Square, first class restaurants owned by America's top chefs, major league baseball, and all the amenities of an urban city," said Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley. "All of this, and add in the friendliness of our residents, makes Cleveland the perfect host for a 2016 convention."
Cleveland City Council will consider the resolution on Monday, February 24, 2014.
Funding details would be solidified pending the outcome of the application processes.