(KMOV) -- The Democratic National Committee (DNC) will be coming to St. Louis in mid July. This follows yesterday's announcement that St. Louis is one of four finalists bidding to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The others are Minneapolis, Cleveland, and Charlotte, NC. In addition, the DNC is slated to hold a meeting here in August. Mayor Francis Slay says the convention would be a regional benefit, not only to surrounding counties and outstate Missouri, but southern Illinois as well.
St. Louis last hosted a national convention in 1916, re-nominating President Woodrow Wilson.
St. Louis submitted its bid on May 21.
If successful, sources say St. Louis will enjoy a significant economic benefit from the Convention. In 2008, the Convention boosted Denver's regional economy by $266 million.
“I’m proud St. Louis got short-listed,” said St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay. “We demonstrated we are a first-class city capable of holding an event of this magnitude.”
The community can follow the St. Louis bid online and sign up to help at stl2012.org, via Twitter @stldnc2012 and on Facebook at facebook.com/stldnc2012.
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