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And 151000 politicians and pundits delegates senate candidate.
All convened in Denver in just thirteen days -- -- Democratic National Convention is reported to cost forty million dollars for the city to -- Despite -- fund raising short -- To pay for the convention the goal is to boost the local economy and highlight what organizers say will be the greenest convention ever.
-- to talk to us about his city's preparations as Denver's democratic mayor John Hickenlooper.
Mayor Hickenlooper thanks so much for joining me right to be here.
So the greenest convention.
Yet what does that mean.
Well certainly if you look at the price of -- own.
You know issues around.
The whole country's gonna have to get greener and more sustainable so we -- would take the convention.
And work with all of our hotels and all of our restaurants and -- use less energy hat -- -- it's kind of paying for them and ultimately they save money.
So we're are we in the preparations.
You have thirteen days to go I'm sure this there's this clock ticking in your office because there's been a lot need.
Of a shortfall in the budget funding needed to put on this convention and clarify where you stand and and and where you are thirteen days into lack.
The big event.
I think we're right about where we need to be there's still you know some work to -- to go but we've.
We raise the money once we got a candidate the money raising got a lot easier we saw some more money to raise but we're very close.
Maybe ten days of hard work ahead.
We've got incredible amount of training every police officer -- -- was thirty hours of trading loss of forty hours all the logistical planning is in place.
You know few weeks ago got a little of a curve ball with expanding for the Thursday night speech to.
The Mile High Stadium but you know I think we're pretty much it you never know what you don't know what we're pretty much ready for anything.
You know I had just a team -- just moments before we sat down here at the Mile High Stadium -- with the 45 anniversary.
The passing wade Martin Luther King it's a big event.
For him to come out senator Barack Obama and gave his final closing speech but I imagine.
For security reasons he found some people in the stadium -- -- -- standard for an additional 80000.
How do you handle that men -- -- -- I would think that's a that would put a monkey wrench in about how to deal that.
It is such a historic moment again as you said 45 years the day when mark of the king junior delivered his I have -- speech and it won the most exciting.
Moments in you know in American speeches in history.
And we want to make sure this comes off seamlessly you know remembers -- -- you part of what we want to show office.
You know not just a beautiful climate -- 300 days of sunshine and you know 850 miles of bike path.
All -- really -- office that we can do things that this scale and make sure that they come off seamlessly so our goal to make sure that.
Every person who comes at a convention -- -- safe.
You know we -- -- I apologize if I -- passing -- my ticket I just got tired but let me let me ask you this because we talked about the budget shortfall -- the numbers that you needed to host this convention.
One of the things that has been talked about is that -- had to cancel a lot of -- for delicate a lot of big parties and activities.
If you're able to raise the money that you need to raise -- he said the next ten days are going to be very very busy.
Will you be able to sort of put on everything you intended to put on you walk -- through that next ten days.
I think that -- exactly I think we have turned the corner of the fund raising again we've got some.
Serious work -- to do but we will be able to put on.
You know traditional media -- is a Saturday night before the committee destructive there was some.
Fear a couple months ago we might not be able to do that we'll -- Atlantic -- that we're gonna put on.
Not just the greenest convention but I think one the most exciting conventions certainly it's amazing is a Barack Obama is so competitive right now in Colorado and in the west itself.
Even more attention is kind of being focused here.
There's a lot being made it cool he will select as his vice presidential candidate we know the President Clinton is going to introduce that vice presidential candidate -- -- a little bit.
-- I have no -- you know that there -- so many wonderful people out west you know governor Bill Richardson -- Mexico our own senator Salazar from Colorado Arnold governor Ritter.
Kathleen Sebelius the governor of Kansas Chet Edwards -- congressman from Texas there's there's no shortage of incredibly talented.
Folks out there they're really interested or would be wonderful vice presidential candidates.
You know I I can't she go without talking about this state you know how how Denver is doing and you know there's been a lot of talk -- of the transportation system there and success -- -- and the increased demand for it.
Can't tell us where is the inquiry here is the city right now in terms of foreclosure filings with the job losses this economy and and how -- certain things benefiting like -- -- transportation system.
But we look we -- in 2004 what we call fast -- -- -- a 119 miles of new track most ambitious trans initiative in the country.
So we look -- we -- very farsighted it like we knew what was coming which is probably not true.
But this is you know the west it's always been a place where you know the hot the terrain was a little in hospitable so we had to be innovative and collaborative.
And we passed fast tracks we -- all 32 mirrors.
In the whole metro area the size of Connecticut.
Unanimously supported this this six billion dollar initiative so I think we're well on the way it's it's a fast -- is under construction.
And we look pretty wise now because it's all.
If it helps change the way we go up -- go about planning to have less sprawl.
-- have economic growth and yet not strangle ourselves so what will this convention and do for the city of Denver how much money do you stand to make.
-- that economic impact this is -- 160 million dollars but I think the benefit is way past not a city like Denver that has.
You know we've now -- professional sports teams all three of our major venues of downtown we have second largest performing arts cinema in the country.
New housing is downtown all the stuff that most people don't know about.
So when you bring fifteen or 161000 journalists to Denver and the eyes of the world are shining a bright light on -- we've got a lot of stuff to show off I think that's going to be very exciting.
Are -- -- quite media opening to the Beijing Olympic but I'm sorry I'm not you can rape -- great pleasure having you and -- best of luck over the next ten days and he -- be very busy preparing.
Thirteen days to go out and -- counting every I've got down to the hours and minutes I can sort of scientific countdown clock is in the -- -- Eric and some.
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