April 8 marked 100 days until Cleveland hosts the Republican National Convention. With extensive preparation necessary to host the massive event, Republican-led Committee on Arrangements and the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee took the opportunity to update the community and the nation at a recent press conference.
While Host Committee President and CEO David Gilbert described preparations as a “26-mile sprint,” he also is “extremely comfortable where we are on planning.” Here are a few key takeaways from the press conference.
The Host Committee was tasked with raising $64 million to host the convention this year. To date, $56 million has been nationally pledged from local, Ohio and national organizations, Gilbert said. “This amount is more than any other convention in history,” he stated.
• Community engagement
Thus far, the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee Supplier Guide has more than 2,200 registrants. “The guide positions businesses throughout Northeast Ohio as potential resources for visiting Convention delegations, attendees and media,” he said.
Local residents will also be a part of temporary signage that will be hung throughout the city to welcome the more than 50,000 visitors come July.
• Volunteer update
The Host Committee has registered nearly all 8,000 necessary volunteers to serve as a resource for the tens of thousands of visitors arriving in Cleveland the week of July 18. “The massive volunteer effort that is being put into place is evidence of Cleveland’s excitement to be a part of such a significant national event,” Gilbert said.
• Focusing on Cleveland
The Host Committee’s efforts to showcase Cleveland to the nation and visiting delegates as a one-of-a-kind experience for travel and vacation was officially launched with an integrated campaign. Its aim is to encourage delegates and political enthusiasts who travel to the convention to “come early and stay late” and experience all that Northeast Ohio has to offer.
“The core element of the efforts includes a series of seven videos highlighting visitor-related activities in Cuyahoga and the surrounding counties,” Gilbert said. You can view the videos here.