St. Louis on short list for 2012 Democratic Convention

St. Louis – St. Louis is among four cities Democrats are considering to host their 2012 national convention. The others are Cleveland, Minneapolis, and Charlotte, N.C.

One of those cities, Minneapolis, hosted Republicans in 2008.

St. Louis has played host to national party conventions before, but it's been quite awhile. In 1916 Democrats gathered here to nominate Woodrow Wilson for a second term.

The Democratic party will announce the location of its next convention sometime after the midterm elections.

Local Democratic leaders say if St. Louis is picked, the convention will be held at the Scottrade Center. America's Center and the Edward Jones Dome would be used for media and special events.

About 50,000 reporters, delegates and others are expected to visit the host city. Civic leaders in Denver, which hosted the 2008 DNC, say the economic impact on their region was $266 million.

The gathering is scheduled to start September 3, 2012, a week after the Republican Party gathers in Tampa.