Downtown Salt Lake City is pictured Oct. 12, 2020. Salt Lake City would be a finalist to host the 2024 Republican National Convention. (Steve Griffin, Deseret News)
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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is reportedly among the finalists to host the 2024 Republican National Convention.
Politico reported Friday that Salt Lake City was on the party’s shortlist, along with Milwaukee, Nashville and Pittsburgh, citing a source familiar with the search process. Houston, Las Vegas, San Antonio and Kansas City, Missouri would have been dropped from consideration for the event.
The 2024 convention is where party members will select their candidate for the upcoming presidential election. Of the remaining host candidates, Salt Lake City and Nashville, the outlet points out, are in strong Republican stronghold states, while Milwaukee and Pittsburgh are in recent swing states.
Milwaukee and Nashville are also in the running to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention.
Utah Republican Party officials said in October they would submit a bid to host the event, after failing to host the 2012 and 2016 events. They coordinated the bidding effort with Visit Salt Lake, the organization that promotes tourism in Salt Lake County.
Utah Republican Party Chairman Carson Jorgensen told KSL.com at the time that he believed hosting the event could generate up to $200 million for the Utah economy. state, and cited the city’s growth as the reason he thinks the city could be selected this time around. .
The new Salt Lake City International Airport, which has the capacity to handle more people, opened in 2020. The A-East Concourse construction project to add an additional 22 gates is expected to be completed in 2024.
The Hyatt Regency Convention Center Hotel, an addition to the Salt Palace Convention Center, is also slated to open in late 2022. It is expected to add 700 new hotel rooms and 60,000 square feet of additional meeting space downtown.
“The party supports that and the state would really like to see him here,” Jorgensen said. “I think Utah has a very good chance of making that happen.”
It’s unclear when the Republican Party will announce its selection for the 2024 event. However, Politico reports that the Republican National Committee will be in Salt Lake City next month for its annual winter meeting.