- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The mayor’s office in Birmingham says the city has a real chance to serve as the site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

A team from the party is in town starting Monday to assess the city’s convention bid, and mayoral aide Chuck Fausch says the city will showcase its history and culture.

While the city isn’t as big as others seeking the convention, Fausch tells WIAT-TV (https://bit.ly/1rDBQsk ) that Birmingham has enough infrastructure for the meeting and is cost-efficient.

The Democratic National Committee says Birmingham is the first city that will receive visits as planners consider potential sites for the presidential nominating convention in two years. The others are Columbus, Ohio; New York; Philadelphia; and Phoenix, Arizona.

A public party is planned for Monday night in Birmingham for the team.

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