CLEVELAND- Cleveland officials provided an update on the 2016 Republican National Convention on Wednesday, a year away from the event.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and President of the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee David Gilbert briefed the media and community members on the city's progress.
"One year is an important milestone to mark," Budish said. "We will be ready."
Budish said the Hilton Cleveland Downtown construction and the Public Square renovations are on schedule for completion for the RNC.
The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee is focused on 10 different initiatives, including fundraising, security and welcome events. Gilbert said they have secured nearly 12,000 hotel rooms, 47 venues and 1,700 volunteers for the hundreds of events that will take place during the convention.
“The benefit for this community is not just the dollars spent during the week of the convention, but how this positions Cleveland for the future,” Gilbert said. "This isn't about building a retirement fund in a week."
Chair of the Republican National Convention Standing Committee on Arrangements Steve King also addressed the possible impact on Cleveland sports. He said the Cleveland Indians are already working with Major League Baseball, and will be on the road the week before and the week during the convention. The Cavs present a different challenge.
“If you can promise me the Cavs will win the NBA Championship in four straight games, we’ll be good,” King said.
The 41st Republican National Convention will be in Cleveland July 18, 2016 to July 21, 2016.