Big news for Denver and for all of Colorado, the Democrats have chosen the Mile High City to host their 2008 National Convention. It's the first time since 1908 and with the DNC only 70 miles up the road, the economic impact here in Colorado Springs could be huge.
It was an announcement many in Colorado had been anxiously hoping for; Denver will host the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
"It’s going to be a big deal for Colorado," said Colorado College Political Science Professor Bob Loevy.
He says with more than 35-thousand people expected to converge in Denver, there will be an economic impact for the entire Front Range.
"As we get closer to the convention week the demand for hotel rooms should way expand outside the Denver metro area so there will be some business down here," Loevy said.
Business down here that Terry Sullivan from the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau says could be significant.
"I'd say its 2 to 3 million dollars for Colorado Springs...so were excited about that," Sullivan said.
It will be the first time in 100-years that a Democratic National Convention will be held in Denver...and US Senator Ken Salazar says it will be a chance to showcase the entire state.
"This is a Colorado Convention and it means people will be exploring our mountains out into the west and people will be coming to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and the riverwalk in Pueblo. My sincere hope is that we work on a agenda that puts the spotlight on the entire state of Colorado," Salazar said.
The convention will be held from August 25th to the 28th in 2008.