In 2006, Mayor Frank G. Jackson approached our firm with a request: help bring a national political convention to Cleveland. Accepting that challenge, Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL, partnering with a network of community stakeholders, worked tirelessly to achieve that goal. Last week, the Republican National Committee and Cleveland’s Host Committee signed an agreement, negotiated and drafted by KJK, to officially bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to Cleveland.
The volume of work was massive. The number of partners involved was staggering. Eight years, three bids, a downtown renaissance, and one incredible coalition later, Cleveland has stolen the national spotlight. KJK is proud to have been at the heart of Cleveland’s bid from the very beginning, from serving as legal counsel to the City of Cleveland in 2006 to managing the bid strategy in 2014. Our attorneys and staff wrote the bid, helped plan site visits, coordinated efforts of 15 agencies and organizations, negotiated and drafted all the key agreements, and more.
KJK could not have done this alone. Below is a list of the partner agencies and organizations without whom Cleveland would not have won. We look forward to our on-going partnership with these stakeholders and continuing our role as counsel to the Host Committee as Cleveland delivers a world-class convention in 2016.
Regardless of your personal political beliefs, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating this landmark victory for Cleveland and the whole state of Ohio. Hosting the Republican National Convention will generate new jobs and tax revenue from an expected 50,000 visitors, for a total economic impact of more than $400 million. That’s a win for all of us.