Kansas City RNC bid leaders quiz RNC officials

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Supporters of Kansas City's bid for the 2016 Republican National Convention joined delegations from other presumed top-tier bidding cities for a briefing with RNC officials Monday in Washington.

An RNC official told 41 Action News representatives from Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas and Phoenix, along with Kansas City's delegation, attended Monday's meeting in which bidders could ask specific questions about the bid process.

The RNC official described the meeting as "purely informational" and not required for cities interested in bidding on the convention. The next formal step for interested cities is the filing of the request for proposal, due February 26th.

Kansas City's delegation was led by Jon Stephens, the interim president and CEO of KCCVA. Also attending were top fundraiser Linda Bond, Kevin Pistelli and Bill George.

Mayor Sly James' Chief of Staff John McGurk was one of several participants who attended the meeting by phone.

The next major event in Kansas City's effort to land the 2016 convention will be a fundraiser here next week.

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