2 6 LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

Nashville has decided not to bid for the 2016 Democratic convention, a spokeswoman for the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. said late Friday night.

"Due to a significant volume of booked business, Nashville has respectfully withdrawn from the bidding process for the DNC Convention," Andrea Arnold wrote in an email to The Tennessean.

Arnold said the decision was made in the past two weeks.

Nashville made the Democratic Party's short list of 15 cities in April, alongside places such as Chicago, New York, Miami and Las Vegas. While Mayor Karl Dean expressed some skepticism at the time about Music City ultimately getting the nod because of Tennessee's strong Republican leanings, he said he was "not surprised they're interested in us."

"This city's got a great appeal," Dean said.

Butch Spyridon, the Convention and Visitors Corp.'s president and CEO, said in April, "It's a great honor, but if we have to beg off, we will beg off with all the grace and appreciation we can muster."

The city already had decided last winter not to pursue the 2016 Republican convention because of prior commitments at Music City Center.

Reach Michael Cass at 615-259-8838 and on Twitter @tnmetro.

2 6 LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE
Read or Share this story: http://on.wbir.com/1hs0GtO