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Charlotte leaders praise convention's impact

By Associated Press
Published On: Jan 28 2013 06:39:26 AM CST
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

 Charlotte is releasing numbers proving last summer's Democratic National Convention is a success.
    
City leaders hired a company last year to study the convention's economic impact. That study is being released Monday afternoon.
    
Before the convention, city leaders estimated that the event would generate some $200 million in revenue, from the security expenses to delegate spending to the host committee contracts with local caterers and other businesses.
    
The city says 35,000 people attended the three-day event in early September, including delegates and journalists.
    
The convention was held at the Time Warner Cable Arena, and city leaders say restaurants were filled at night.
    
After the convention, city leaders said they were thrilled with the national exposure and hope it pays dividends in the future.