Nashville Pursues Bids for 2024 Republican and Democrat Presidential Conventions


Nashville is pursuing bids to host the Republican and Democrat presidential nominating conventions, at Governor Bill Lee’s request.

Butch Spyridon, CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, released a statement to WKRN regarding the city’s plans.

“At the request of the Governor’s Office, we have submitted a response to the RNC’s RFP and requested an RFP from the DNC,” he said; adding:

We are bidding on both political party conventions for the 2024 election cycle at the request of and support from the Governor’s Office. The NCVC’s primary role is to book convention business for Nashville without bias. We work daily with clients to book conventions and with individuals who want assistance in recruiting meetings and events. It’s not appropriate for the NCVC to pick and choose which groups get to meet in Nashville.

Mayor Cooper spokesperson Ben Eagles told Axios that economic interests will be at the forefront of the mayor’s mind. “We’re always going to listen if there is a chance to bring a major event to Nashville, if it makes financial sense for the city,” Eagles said. “During the bidding process, as with any other convention, Mayor Cooper will be appropriately concerned with not incurring additional costs to the city.”

The Republican and Democrat conventions occur every four years during U.S. presidential elections and  are where the respective parties’ candidates for President and Vice-President are officially nominated by convention delegates. Party business such as ratifying rules or making changes to party platforms is also conducted, typically over a 3-4 day period.

The 2016 Republican National Convention generated $188.4 million in economic benefit to the Cleveland area, according to the 2016 Cleveland Host Committee. The RNC resulted in nearly 50,000 visitors.

The 2016 Democrat National Convention in Philadelphia generated $230.9 million in economic benefit, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The city of Philadelphia estimated 50,000 people visited the city because of the DNC. The 2016 conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia were the last major national party conventions to occur prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nashville has never hosted the presidential nominating convention of either the Republican or the Democrat parties.

Nashville was briefly discussed as a possible alternative site for the Republican convention in 2020 when it became clear that the original site, Charlotte became unworkable for a full convention due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Other cities expressing interest in hosting the Republican convention include: Las Vegas, Kansas City, Houston, Pittsburgh, and Salt Lake City.

The Democrat National Committee has invited 20 cities, including Milwaukee to place bids to host the Democrat nominating convention.

Like Nashville, Milwaukee is pursuing bids to host both the Republican and the Democrat presidential nominating conventions. Milwaukee was the site of the very scaled down Democrat convention which saw most delegates not attend in person, with virtual speeches by nominees. Columbus, Ohio has also expressed interest in becoming the site of either.

With it’s ample supply of large venues, convention meeting space, entertainment and accommodations, Nashville could be an attractive location to host either party’s convention.

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Aaron Gulbransen is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network.
Photo “Republican National Convention” by Walt Disney Television. CC BY-ND 2.0.




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5 Thoughts to “Nashville Pursues Bids for 2024 Republican and Democrat Presidential Conventions”

  1. william r. delzell

    We don’t need Nashville or anywhere else to host the two conventions. It will be disruptive with traffic jams especially in nearby neighborhoods, extra security that impedes the rights of law-abiding citizens, and huge costs.

  2. John Bumpus

    Bids from Nashville to both Parties to host their National Convention in 2024?

    Gee, DO WE HAVE TO?

  3. David Blackwell RN, BSN, CCM

    Gross. Please do not.

  4. John

    Two entities inside Nashville want this to be a reality…

    1. Tax man, Chicken Coop.
    2. The local human trafficking/sex industry.

    You all would be surprised at how much business #2 gets through huge political and professional sports events.

    1. rick

      Correct on both!