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Democrats invite Atlanta to bid on '04 convention

Atlanta – The Democratic National Committee (DNC) said 10 cities, including Atlanta, will receive official requests for proposals to host the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
In addition to Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Miami, New York City and Pittsburgh received requests.
The DNC estimates that the 2000 Democratic National Convention generated $147 million in revenue for Los Angeles, the 1996 Convention generated $130 million in revenue for Chicago, the 1992 Convention generated $104 million for New York and the 1988 Convention generated $70 million for the city of Atlanta.
While Atlanta has much to gain from hosting the event, publicly and privately, officials are conflicted about hosting the event.
Spurgeon Richardson, the president and CEO of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, told the bureau's executive committee Feb. 8 he was concerned about the cost the event would put on various entities in the city, which he estimated to be between $20 million to $35 million.
Hoteliers also are wondering about the cost, said Paul Breslin, general manager of the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel downtown, and president of the Atlanta Hotel Council.
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