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DNC Brought Economic Boost To Charlotte

Charlotte leaders released a report calling the 2012 Democratic National Convention an economic success for the Queen City.

Economic researchers say three days of speeches and meetings among Democrats brought nearly 164 million dollars into Charlotte.  30-thousand journalists and delegates filled hotels and ate at city restaurants.  Mayor Anthony Foxx says those factors alone prove Charlotte can handle itself on a national stage.  So..what next?  Foxx says he'd be open to giving the other party equal time.

"The R-N-C would be a layup for our city because, from a guest standpoint, it's usually about two-thirds the size of the Democratic convention so we've done this before.  We can do it again.  I would support it.  I've said that publicly."

Foxx also mentioned events like a Super Bowl and even an Olympic Games in Charlotte's future. But that would mean more hotels and infrastructure.  Foxx believes Charlotte can rise to those occasions just as it did to nominating a president.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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