Update: The next step in this process, site selection visits, will begin in early July. The Technical Advisory Committee has decided to visit all six cities - Birmingham, Cleveland, Columbus, New York, Philadelphia and Phoenix. Site visits will conclude by late August or early September, if necessary.
Update: The City of Birmingham has advanced to the second round in its bid to host the 2016 DNC, and it will get a site visit, according to a source. Birmingham joins five other cities being considered to host the event.BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The City of Birmingham could learn as early as this week if it will advance in its bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, according to Mayor William Bell. Bell, who spoke about the city's bid following a groundbreaking ceremony for the Negro League Baseball Museum, and other city leaders gave a presentation in Washington D.C. Monday, and he said the pitch went well. Additional cities in contention to host the DNC seemed surprised that Birmingham entered the bid. A city spokesperson said landing the convention would make an economic impact of more than $200 million for the Magic City. An official news conference begins at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.