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Birmingham councilors travel to Atlanta to make last pitch for DNC

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A banner promoting the city during the DNC's bid visit. Source: WBRC video A banner promoting the city during the DNC's bid visit. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Birmingham City Council members and city hall employees are heading to Atlanta to try and again to woo national Democrats to bring the Democratic National Convention to the Magic City in 2016.

Starting Thursday, the Democratic National Convention Summer meeting is taking place over in Atlanta.

The cost to Birmingham taxpayers is under $5,000. Birmingham has already approved spending almost $300,000 to hire consultants to land the convention, including lobbyists.

Those heading to Atlanta include councilors Steven Hoyt, William Parker, Kim Rafferty and Shelia Tyson. Hoyt said the city may have questions over having enough hotel rooms, infrastructure and transportation to land the convention, which is expected to had a huge economic impact on the city.

But Hoyt said going after the convention could help Birmingham to attract lucrative conventions in the future.

"I think you got to make your best effort. The council has already approved the money and for us to go after this conference if nothing else from a marketing stand point it puts us on the map in a place we have not been before." Hoyt said.

The DNC committee is expected to make a decision later this year or early 2015.

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