CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46/AP) — Charlotte leaders were on the ground in Austin, Texas as the Republican National Committee voted unanimously to approve Charlotte has the official host of the RNC in 2020.
The final vote came down Friday afternoon and crowned the Queen City as the official host, which will be held two years from now.
The pick ensures that tens of thousands of political activists, protesters and journalists will crowd into Charlotte in the summer of 2020. Charlotte hosted the Democratic national convention in 2012.
Earlier in the week, a divided Charlotte City Council narrowly approved a bid to welcome the convention.
Mayor Vi Lyles, Charlotte’s first black female mayor, emphasized the vote to approve the bid isn’t an endorsement of President Donald Trump.
Charlotte City Council Member Ed Driggs went live on Facebook with the news:
Uptown Charlotte doesn’t look the same now as it did in 2012 during the Democratic National Convention, and there will be even more changes to the cityscape between now and 2020 for the Republican National Convention.
“If you look at the number of just construction projects, that are slated for the Queen City, those that have already begun and those that will begin, we need to know what that landscape is in order to protect it,” said Quentin Williams, a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor.
There are a lot more people and a lot more workers living in the Queen City now compared with six years ago.
A break down from Charlotte Center City Partners, which includes Uptown, Midtown and South End, shows there are 9500 more people living in Center City compared with 2012 and 22,000 more workers in Center City.
And almost 3,000 more hotel rooms are slated to be in Charlotte by 2020 compared with 2012.
“Honestly I don’t think we’d get the RNC had we not done a great job as a community hosting the DNC,” said Charlotte Hornets’ President Fred Whitfield.
Whitfield spoke to the media at a golf tournament Thursday about striking the deal with the RNC to use the Spectrum Center for events during the Convention.
“Clearly they’re going to run their show the way they want to run their show and our job is to help them execute their vision. We approached our negotiations the same way we did with the DNC.”
Williams, who know trains police and is based in Charlotte, says security will be taken to a whole new level from the DNC to the RNC.
“I think just stacking more personnel and learning from best practices from other cities and also from the mistakes that were made in 2012, which we don’t even know about because it was such a seamless operation.”