Cleveland is on the short list of four cities vying to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention. For the moment, it would appear the others have a leg up: Minneapolis, which hosted the 2008 Republican National Convention, is touting its experience.
Charlotte, which has never hosted a national convention, is selling its infrastructure: a downtown arena, plentiful hotels, and an airport with direct flights around the country.
St. Louis is playing up the enthusiasm of local citizens — including a recent concert featuring hometown legends Chuck Berry and Nelly.
Cleveland, meanwhile, is taking cover till its corruption scandal blows over.
Valarie McCall, Mayor Frank Jackson’s point person for courting the convention, says she’s following the rules by not saying much. But she does reveal their top selling point, a secret to no one who already lives here: Cleveland is priced to move. “You get more bang for your buck when you come to Cleveland,” she says.
Thriftiness may not be the first thing on the minds of conventioneers, but it’s a close third to gambling and hookers.