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Kansas City puts on the Ritz for Republican convention group

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Signs and billboards welcomed members of the site selection task force for the Republican National Convention in 2016 to Kansas City on Wednesday.

Committee members will be in Kansas City through Friday. They will look at Sprint Center where the nominating process would occur as well as downtown, transportation options, hotels and cultural amenities such as museums.

Union Station and Liberty Memorial will be all decked out at night in red, white and blue.

The F.L. Schlagel High School's band greeted the 13 committee members with a rousing performance. Kansas City Police Department motorcycle and other officers provided an escort, which also gave them an opportunity to practice security details.

"I think this is a business decision. It's not a red or blue thing. This is about green and what an economic boost it can bring to our city," said Troy Stremming, co-chairman of KC 2016.

One of Kansas City's selling points is it's central location, which will make for easy drives flights. However, it is not a hub airport like some of its competitors are.

"Transportation has been a major issue from day one," Kansas City Mayor Sly James said. "Which is why we spent a lot of time trying to address that issue. We think we have a plan that will get everyone from whatever hotel they are in within 30 minutes."

In addition to transportation, James said the committee had concerns about money and facilities.

"Money we are fine on. Transportation and security we're going to be fine on," he said. "Hotels, we've got that mapped out."

The RNC expects Kansas City to raise $50 million by 2016.

Regarding facilities, James said the Sprint Center has the needed flexibility to schedule a convention, which is traditionally held in late summer.

The selection group has already been to Cleveland. They will next go to Denver and Dallas.

Kansas City hosted the Republican nominating conventions in 1928 and 1976.

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