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Resolution RS2020-389

A resolution requesting Mayor John Cooper and Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. President and CEO Butch Spyridon to formally withdraw Nashville from consideration for the 2020 Republican National Convention.

WHEREAS, on June 2, 2020, members of the Associated Press reported that Republic National Committee officials are now considering Nashville, Tennessee as one of several potential locations for the 2020 Republican National Convention; and

WHEREAS, President Trump and Republican National Committee officials have refused to comply with North Carolina officials’ wishes for a socially distanced convention to prevent further spread of coronavirus, resulting in President Trump’s decision to move the convention out of Charlotte; and

WHEREAS, Governor Bill Lee’s office confirmed that they are in early discussions about moving the Republican National Convention from Charlotte to Nashville and reportedly hosted a tour of Music City with GOP officials on Friday, June 5, 2020; and

WHEREAS, cities that host this convention typically must prepare for an influx of multiple thousands of attendees over the course of four days which requires extra city resources; and

WHEREAS, when answering a reporter’s question about the convention in a press briefing on June 4, 2020, Mayor John Cooper commented that there is no money available for hosting this event, and health policies do not currently support a gathering of this size; and

WHEREAS, in 2012, NCVC President & CEO Butch Spyridon told the Nashville Business Journal that “The conventions are very expensive, they want the building free, the police free. They want everything free because of the entertainment and media windfall.”; and

WHEREAS, the city of Nashville is still recovering from the devastating physical and economic impacts of the March 3rd tornado coupled with the effects of one of the biggest economic crises in the city’s history as a result of the coronavirus pandemic; and

WHEREAS, during a crisis level budget year, Nashville and its taxpayers cannot afford to use already strained public funds to recruit and host this convention; and

WHEREAS, in the midst of the current national debate about systemic racism in the United States, President Trump has utilized social media to encourage and incite violence against Americans; and

WHEREAS, the President brings continued unrest to any site he visits, as demonstrated by the use of tear gas to clear peaceful protestors in order to pose for a photo-op at a church; and

WHEREAS, scientific evidence has shown that large, crowded gatherings, particularly those that are indoors, cause the biggest spread of coronavirus and are sometimes referred to as “super-spreader events”; and

WHEREAS, Nashville should not put its citizens’ health, safety, and welfare at risk in order to accommodate the Republican National Convention.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. The Metropolitan County Council hereby goes on record as requesting Mayor John Cooper and Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. President and CEO Butch Spyridon to formally withdraw Nashville from consideration for the 2020 Republican National Convention.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Colby Sledge, Russ Bradford, Sean Parker, Thomas Cash, Kyonzté Toombs, Ginny Welsch, Burkley Allen, Emily Benedict

Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedJune 16, 2020

Indefinitely deferredJune 16, 2020

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Last Modified: 06/29/2020 4:59 PM