NLC Prepares to Head to the National Political Conventions

With only a few months remaining until the 2012 presidential election, planning is underway for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, where delegates of both parties will officially nominate their candidates for President and Vice President. Recognizing the importance of connecting with key leadership in both political parties, NLC will once again send delegations to the conventions, each led by NLC President Ted Ellis, mayor, Bluffton, Ind.

The 2012 Republican National Convention will be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Florida from August 27 to 30. According to the Republican National Committee, the convention will bring roughly 50,000 delegates, media, and other guests to the Tampa Bay area and generate more than $175 million in economic gains for the region.

The Democratic National Convention will be held the week of September 3 in Charlotte, N.C.. According to the Democratic National Committee, more than 35,000 media, delegates and special guests are expected during the convention. It is expected that this event will generate more than $150 million for Charlotte and surrounding metropolitan areas.

"With the focus of the federal political process shifting away from the Capitol and onto the campaign trail, it is essential that NLC and city leaders take their voices on the road too. That's why we'll be in Tampa and Charlotte," said Mayor Ellis.

City officials that are planning to be in Tampa or Charlotte and who would like to receive convention communications from NLC are encouraged to contact NLC soon to be added to NLC's distribution list. Contact Stacey Levitt, Senior Outreach Associate at to begin receiving updates from NLC.

Continue to follow to learn more about the candidates' positions on issues affecting cities and towns as the election draws near.