York County's efforts to reap economic benefits from the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte are in their infancy.
Convention organizers have talked with local hotels, said Mary Frances Morton, who was picked by the Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau to lead the local efforts. Morton has worked on both Democratic and Republican campaigns in the state and has experience with raising money for nonprofits.
She declined to name which hotels have been contacted, or to release the number of rooms that could be used during the convention, to be held from Aug. 24 through Sept. 6.
"The number of rooms could change, but it is a significant number," she said.
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Morton said the group's first task is assembling all the things York and Lancaster counties have to offer and getting that information to convention organizers.
"Our role is to get out the word of what we have to offer," she said.
The area's primary asset is its proximity to the convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, she said. It is a quick drive down Interstate 77. Convention-goers could also drive to Pineville and take the Lynx light rail to the convention.
Morton said her group is looking at organizing shuttle buses or other transportation so people don't have to drive their cars.
The group may also look at how to help area businesses compete for convention contracts.
The group, comprised of people from the Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce and others, recently held organizational and brain-storming meetings.
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The York County Regional Chamber and the Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau is having a noon luncheon Wednesday at the City Club of Rock Hill to discuss the convention. Representatives from the convention are scheduled to speak.
Tickets are $20 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. For information, contact Trina Ricks at 803-324-7500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.