The election of a United States president
reverberates beyond the shores of the nation and the Republican
National Committee (RNC) is making a special effort to conduct an
exemplary convention in Cleveland, Ohio to nominate and introduce
its candidate and platform for the 2016 election.
The choice of Cleveland may seem surprising, but the road to
revitalization was foreseen by one very prominent personage: John D.
Rockefeller himself chose to be buried, not in New York, but in
Cleveland’s Lakeview Cemetery. With such a ringing endorsement of a
great place to reside for eternity, it is understandable that the
RNC chose Cleveland not only for its world class amenities but also
for the grace and warmth of its heartland citizenry.
Eight U.S. presidents have called Ohio their home, including
James A. Garfield, who notably conducted much of his campaign from
his front porch in 1880. His home, now a presidential museum, was
named “Lawnfield” by the reporters who gathered on Garfield’s front
lawn to hear him speak.
Today’s reporters will have highly sophisticated technology at
their disposal through the Convention Center which will house TV
broadcast suites, radio broadcast booths along with a host of other
workspace options for journalists and photojournalists. The
Republican Convention will be held at Quicken Loans Arena, with a
robust shuttle system to transport media personnel between the two
With 50,000 people expected to convene in Cleveland, including
delegates, RNC personnel, the media among others, the election of a
party’s candidate is clearly serious business, yet Cleveland also
provides an abundance of leisure activities designed to enhance and
renew the spirit.
From the sweet strains of classical music performed by The
Cleveland Orchestra to the riotous energy found at the Rock and Roll
Hall of fame as well as art ranging from antiquities to the abstract
at The Cleveland Museum of Art, visitors with a wide array of
interests will come way not only feeling entertained and informed,
but by enriched by their experience in Cleveland. The United States’
largest concentration of cultural arts and educational institutions
within one square mile is found at Cleveland’s University Circle.
Performing arts, major league sports, acres of parkland along with
the unique West Side Market, an indoor/outdoor market in operation
since 1912 catering to a variety of ethnicities, the character of
Cleveland is sure to charm its visitors.
From its founding in 1796, Cleveland, along with the Northeast Ohio
region as a whole, now can claim $195 billion in gross regional
product as well as being the 12th largest economic region in the
nation. Biomedical entrepreneurship, innovative health care and
manufacturing along with close to $3 billion invested in hospitality
and other visitor related infrastructure provide employment to
residents while creating an admirably livable city.
Jeff Larsen, Chief Executive Officer of the 2016 Republican
National Convention gives much credit to Cleveland Mayor Frank
Jackson and his team for insight and understanding the modernization
and infrastructure requisite to host a convention which will have
the eyes of the world upon it.
Credit is due also to the inimitable David Gilbert, who serves as
president and CEO of Destination Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland
Sports Commission as well as The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee for
the RNC. Such a compendium of knowledge and prodigious energy packed
into one person is rare to find, and both Cleveland and the RNC
benefit from Mr. Gilbert’s expertise.
Len Komoroski, CEO of the Quicken Loans Arena and the
Cleveland Cavaliers played a significant role along with other
Cleveland area leaders to secure Cleveland as the host city for the
2016 Republican National Convention.
Recently, media from across the nation and around the world were
invited to tour Quicken Loans Arena and the Convention Center. This
author was honored to attend in the company of Pu Ying, publisher of
the Erie Chinese Journal. From these Cleveland locations, the global
media will be reporting from July 18 through July 21, 2016, where
the eyes of the world will focus. The Republican candidate will then
face the Democrat candidate in November of 2016, culminating in a
peaceful transition of power, with the winner destined to face a
less than peaceful world.