Fort Wayne Ready For State GOP Convention


Published 06/06 2014 08:54AM

Updated 06/06 2014 09:11AM

The Indiana GOP Convention kicks off Friday at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne and with it comes a boost to Fort Wayne's economy.

Convention organizers expect two to three thousand people to attend...which means hotels and other local businesses will be busy this weekend.

There was a big pitch to invite the delegates to get out of Indianapolis and bring the Repubilcan Party to Fort Wayne and Allen County which is the epicenter for Republican politics.

"For the first time in the history of the Indiana Republican Party the state convention will be held in a city outside of Indianapolis and we are so fortunate to have that as Fort Wayne," said Steve Shine, chairman of Allen County Indiana Republican Party

The GOP convention for the Republican Party will begin Friday and go through Saturday in Fort Wayne.

"Beginning on Friday at about 5 oclock in the afternoon through Saturday at 10pm delegates will meet here in Fort Wayne, 1700+ of them and they will convene at the Grand Wayne Center."

With the GOP convention comes a large boost to the economy. Hotels and restaurants are filling up around town.

"We estimate the economic impact of this one convention somewhere between $300,000 and $350,000, thats a lot of money in one weekend," said Dan O'Donnell, CEO & President of Visit Fort Wayne.

Restaurants like Eddie Merlot are prepared for a very busy weekend. Steven Kulas, the general manager at Eddie Merlot's said, "For dinner we're starting to fill up reservations but we still have quite a few times left. We did bulk up our staff a little bit on Saturday but we're ready to rock."

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