The team got a trip on Lolly the Trolley, checking out Cleveland locations, including the Q, Convention Center and Playhouse Square
CLEVELAND -- Everything cooperated but the weather.
That was the assessment of Cleveland convention planners after spending a full day giving a Republican advance team a whirlwind tour of key possible convention sites and massive amounts of information.
The team got a trip on Lolly the Trolley, checking out Cleveland locations, including the Q, Convention Center and Playhouse Square.
After an afternoon of briefings on transportation, security and funding plans, Mayor Frank Jackson and site committee Chairperson Enid Mickelson briefly spoke with reporters.
Cleveland's the last of six cities vying for the convention visited by the team. Mickelson praised Cleveland without comparing any other contenders.
"It's been delightful," she said, thanking the mayor.
"It's been wonderful to see the rebirth of Cleveland. I have to confess I have not been here before. I came in with no expectations. ... Of course it's safe to say we have a favorable impression," she continued.
Now the committee must take technical information back to Washington before deciding which cities will receive visits from the full site selection committee.
Greater Cleveland Partnership Chairman Joe Roman said, "I think the winds are blowing in our favor. We want to make sure we answer every technical question they have from now until their decision. ... So far, we've been able to do that."
That decision will come in mid-May or early June.
The convention would mean tens of thousands of visitors, hundreds of millions of dollars and lots of national and worldwide attention for Cleveland.