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KCMO withdraws as potential host of 2024 Republican National Convention

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — Kansas City, Missouri, has pulled out as the potential host city for the 2024 Republican National Convention.

A letter indicating this has been sent to the RNC Site Selection Committee. The letter was signed by Mayor Quinton Lucas and Visit KC Acting President and CEO Randall J. Landes.

It looks like KCMO is pulling out due to other events the city is already hosting around the same time or hoping to host.

“Kansas City has the immense honor of hosting the 2023 NFL Draft and we are in the final stages of bidding and hopefully securing an opportunity to serve as host city for the FIFA World Cup. 2026,” the letter reads. “Both events will require significant resources, including staff time, fundraising, and private and public support.”

“Given the timing and detailed requirements of the tender, we believe that it is not in the interests of either party to go ahead with a tender given our existing commitments. “, continues the letter. “That said, we hope Kansas City will remain at the forefront of consideration as a future host city for 2028 and beyond.”

The full letter can be read below:

Dear Anne,

On behalf of Kansas City, Missouri and Visit KC, we would like to thank you for the opportunity to submit a bid on behalf of our city, state and region to host the 2024 Republican National Convention. It was an honor to be invited to present our destination on October 26, 2021, during Interested Cities Day in Washington, DC

As a follow-up to our visit, and after further consideration of our Request for Proposal (RFP), we must with regret and respect withdraw our destination, as a potential host city for the 2024 Republican National Convention. As noted in our presentation, Kansas City has the immense honor of hosting the 2023 NFL Draft and we are in the final stages of bidding for and hopefully securing an opportunity to serve as host city for the Cup FIFA World Cup 2026. Both events will require significant resources including staff, time, fundraising and private and public support.

Given the timing and detailed requirements of the tender, we believe that it is not in the interest of either party to proceed with a tender given our existing commitments. That said, we hope Kansas City will remain at the forefront of consideration as a future host city for 2028 and beyond. The investment we have made in our hotel, transportation and airport infrastructure directly reflects what we believe makes Kansas City an ideal city for events and conventions like this and we look forward to remaining engaged with your committee in the future.

Truly,

Mayor Quinton Lucas, Kansas City, Missouri – Randall J. Landes, Interim President and CEO, Visit KC

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