Nashville officials expressed cautious interest Thursday in bidding to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
The Democratic National Committee has invited Nashville and more than 30 other cities to apply to host its next presidential nominating convention, CNN reported. Mayor Karl Dean, a Democrat, received a letter from DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz dated Feb. 7.
"It's an honor for Nashville to be considered for a national convention like this one," Dean spokeswoman Bonna Johnson said. "Interest like this reaffirms that Nashville is a major league city. We will have to see all the details of what the host requirements are — and we may not meet them this time — but we are clearly on track to being able to handle such an event in the coming years."
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. spokeswoman Andrea Arnold said the agency is "responding to the DNC that we are indeed interested."
Arnold said in January that the city had decided not to pursue the 2016 Republican convention because of prior commitments at Music City Center and concerns about the "return on investment" for a city already as well-known as Nashville. Those concerns remain, she said Thursday, "and we will be evaluating this proposal with the same scrutiny."