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CLT Host 2020, Inc. CEO John Lassiter Welcoming Message

Welcome to Charlotte, the Queen City! On behalf of the local host committee for the 2020 Republican National Convention, we extend our warmest greetings. My wife and I have built a business, raised our family, and watched Charlotte grow into a metropolitan area spanning two states with a global reach.

CLT Host 2020, Inc. is honored to showcase the Charlotte region and North and South Carolina as a premier business environment and world-class convention and event destination. During your time with us, we know you will experience the energy and hospitality that we enjoy every day.

Charlotte is one of a select number of cities to hold both national party conventions. The Democratic National Convention was here in 2012, and the growth since then is hard to overstate.  Significant increases to uptown hotel rooms and residences, a budding brewery scene, a thriving culinary community, and an everchanging and growing skyline with numerous rooftop bars and event spaces are just a few of the additions we are excited to show off in 2020.

Each of our neighborhoods has its own personality. Whether you want the buzz of Center City, the vibrancy of South End, or the eclectics of Plaza Midwood and Noda, take advantage of our expanded light rail service and walkable streets to sample what we have to offer.

Sitting on the state line is Carowinds, home to the fastest giga coaster. Catch a race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway; learn NASCAR’s history at the Hall of Fame; or join fellow outdoor enthusiasts at the National Whitewater Center, the world’s longest man-made whitewater river.  Enjoy our art museums, music and cultural venues, and the Billy Graham Library to round out a visit. These are all things we call home!

Charlotte and North and South Carolina welcome you with a spirit of warmth and a story of determination. The diversity and talents of our people, the amenities that make our neighborhoods special, and unique cultural events and recreational opportunities are all experiences we cannot wait to share with you.

John Lassiter, CEO
CLT Host 2020, Inc.

from City of Charlotte RNC 2020 Web Page

​Frequently Asked Questions

​ The FAQ page has information on the convention and impacts to city services, including public transit, public safety, conducting business in Uptown during the Republication National Convention (RNC), travel tips and more.

When is the Republican National Convention (RNC) and where will it take place?

​The RNC will be held Monday, Aug. 24, through Thursday, Aug. 27, in Uptown Charlotte. The main activities will be held at the Spectrum Center and the Charlotte Convention Center. Residents can also expect to see events held at venues throughout Uptown and in a small number of venues across the city.

How is COVID-19 affecting the RNC?
Currently, the city is proceeding with RNC planning efforts. The city will continue to follow national guidelines throughout the summer months.

When will the security perimeter be determined and put in place?
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) and the United States Secret Service are working to determine the security perimeter in Uptown. There will be different levels of security throughout center city. Details will be shared in August.

How can I find out about street closures where I work and live?
Street closures will be updated as they are announced on the city's RNC 2020 webpage. Visit the page for a map with up-to-the-minute updates, fed by the Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT).

Will travel on electric scooters and B-Cycle in Uptown be allowed during the RNC?
​There will be limitations on scooter access in Uptown. Details will be shared in August.

I live in Uptown. How will I be affected?
Residents living in the Uptown area will be able to travel to and from their homes, although they may be affected by vehicle checkpoints and traffic delays. Plan to give yourself extra time when moving throughout the area.

City services such as trash collection will continue to occur during the week on an altered schedule. A complete list of city service impacts will be shared in the coming months.

I work in Uptown. Will I be able to get into work?
Yes, Uptown will be open for business, although your normal commute may be affected. Contact your employer for information on your company's plan. For motorists who drive in to Uptown, you may have to pass through a vehicle checkpoint. For transit riders, changes will be made to light rail and bus routes. Please allow yourself a few extra minutes to commute. More details will be shared in the coming months.

There is a lot of construction in Uptown. Will that still be going on during the RNC?
​The city is actively coordinating Uptown construction to minimize impacts during the event.

Will there be vehicle checkpoints in Uptown during the event?
There will be multiple vehicle checkpoints around the Uptown area. You will see an additional number of checkpoints to account for the increase in residents living in Uptown. Details will be provided in the coming months to help prepare travelers for the best checkpoint to use based on their destination.

How will my Uptown business be impacted?
Uptown will be open for business – it just might take a little longer for employees and visitors to get around. City services will continue to operate, but some services may be on an adjusted schedule. More details will be shared in the coming months.

My organization wants to plan an activity that requires a permit. How do I apply?
​Information on how to apply for permits will be available on the city's RNC 2020 webpage.

How will the RNC impact travel through the Charlotte Douglas International Airport?
The city is working to make sure travelers do not experience significant impacts due to increased traffic at the airport. All TSA security lanes will be open for arrivals and departures.

Travelers will see some construction in the lobby, but all construction beyond security screenings will be completed by August. Concessions and shops will be open and ready for business.

I'm concerned about safety in Uptown during the RNC. How is the city preparing?
The City of Charlotte regularly hosts major events and will have rigorous safety plans in place to ensure the safety and security of residents, businesses and visitors. The city works with its local, regional, and statewide partners on a regular basis to host safe and successful events for residents and visitors, while continuing to provide city services to customers.

How do I report suspicious activity during the RNC?
Any suspicious activities can be reported by calling 9-1-1. City service issues can be reported by calling 3-1-1 or through the CLT+ mobile app.

How can I get involved?
Those interested in volunteering can visit the Charlotte in 2020 Host Committee website.

The Charlotte 2020 Host Committee is accepting volunteers to ensure residents, businesses and guests have a positive experience in Charlotte. Business owners interested in registering as a vendor can contact the Host Committee.