Exactly one year ago, the Democratic Party announced it would hold its national convention in Charlotte, but with 215 days left before the kickoff event at Charlotte Motor Speedway, there are still a lot of unanswered questions.
DNC Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan said Wednesday that a lot of the details are still up to Secret Service to decide, but he expected a plan from them early this summer that will outline the security perimeter and how uptown Charlotte will be affected.
The committee’s main goals are to keep the convention safe, but with the least amount of disruption in uptown Charlotte, he said.
Kerrigan said the committee would be holding regular meetings to update the public on the DNC’s progress.
“If you look at history, it’s much later in the process, but with plenty of time to work with community groups, talk them through what their concerns are and make sure folks understand what the plan is,” Kerrigan said.
He emphasized that business opportunities for companies are ramping up in February. The DNCC will announce a contract for transportation later this month.
Officials will hold a meeting Thursday for vendors interested in working on the 13 official welcome events.
Tuesday, the committee said they would not be providing any more updates on the fundraising efforts until after the convention was over.
A political analyst attributed that decision to the politics of a presidential election year.
The host committee for the Republican National Convention in Tampa made a similar announcement.
In August, the RNC group said it had raised $15 million, but has not released any more information on their fundraising efforts.