Metro Council should not block Nashville from hosting RNC convention | Opinion – Tennessean

Metro Council should not block Nashville from hosting RNC convention | Opinion – Tennessean

Every four years, cities across the country bid for a chance to host the Republican or Democratic Party convention.
This year, Music City is one of the finalists to host the Republican Party Convention. As a life-long Republican, I am excited that Nashville could be the host city. Of course, I know that not everyone is happy with this possibility – especially my Democratic family and friends.
But what I had not imagined is that some of the members in the Metro Council and other elected officials – would stand in the way to make sure that the Republican Party does not host their convention in Nashville – even if it would mean a boon to our local economy.
What’s that old saying about cutting off your nose to spite your face?
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Milwaukee, the other finalist to host the RNC Convention estimates that the approximately 45,000 people descending into their city for the week-long event could generate up to $200 million to the local economy.
This projection is along the lines of previous estimates of what hosting a party convention means for the local economy. Back in 2016, experts estimated a creation of approximately 1,800 jobs for the host city.
Even at a time of a relatively low employment rate, why would anyone – let alone policymakers – get in the way of additional job creation?
For the growing Hispanic community in Middle Tennessee, hosting a national convention could mean hundreds of new, or additional service job opportunities – a lifeline for many Latinos and recent immigrants who are entering the workforce and moving up the socioeconomic ladder.
According to the Department of Labor, of the roughly 30 million Hispanics in the workforce, 1 out of every 4 works in the service industry.
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Opponents of hosting the RNC Convention in Nashville say that they do not want to tie up city resources and cite security concerns, but one wonders if they would be saying the same thing if the Democratic Party was thinking of hosting their convention in Music City.
Partisan politics should not get in the way of showcasing our growing and bustling city. The folks who scanned around the country looking for a host city, surely saw what millions of people who visit our city every year know: Nashville is hot!
The City Council still has time to approve a draft agreement on Tuesday and send a strong signal to the Republican National Committee that Nashville city leaders want to host the convention.
City leaders should not stand in the way of boosting our local economy because of party politics.
Metro Council member Robert Swope recently said it best in these pages:
“At this critical moment in history, we have the opportunity to demonstrate to the world that we are a city that does believe in civil discourse, that we admire and nurture each other, and believe it is these attributes that embody the fundamental American rights of freedom, which should be granted equally to all, no matter which party you favor.”
Here’s hoping that the rest of the Metro Council realizes this too before it’s too late.
Raul Lopez is the executive director of Latinos for Tennessee, an organization committed to promoting and defending faith, freedom, and fiscal responsibility to the Latino community in Tennessee.

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