Local government, tourism and business leaders have formally made a bid for Columbus to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says the city has the necessary money, event facilities and hotel rooms.
Coleman and other local officials say the event could mean 200-million-dollars in visitor spending in the region. The cities of Cleveland and Cincinnati have also submitted bids. Local officials plan to host a cocktail reception in Washington DC today for members of the Democratic National Committee, as part of an effort to bring that party's convention to Columbus.