CHARLOTTE -- The men who led Charlotte's effort to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention spoke Wednesday at the Levine Museum of the New South about the progress made since the decision was announced.
“The community is actually coming together around this and events like today are just an example, and so we're building momentum and I think momentum is so critical to being able to achieve what we need to achieve to make this a world-class event,” said Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers.
Every chance they could, Rogers and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx grouped Charlotte with North Carolina, reiterating the entire state will benefit from the convention.
“People understand that this is a seminal moment in the history of the state of North Carolina and it's something that's going to last a long time after it's gone,” Foxx said.
They also made the pitch for donations. The host committee aims to raise $36 million in donations from individuals. They wouldn't say specifically how much has been raised yet, but said they would soon.
Foxx reminded Charlotte residents that everything that happens over the next 15 months isn't centered around the convention.
“We've got to work on parallel paths. We want our police officers doing the work that they do. We want our garbage collectors doing the work that they do. We still need to build streets. We still need to educate kids. We still need to do all that stuff, this is an added thing,” said Foxx.
Both Foxx and Rogers said the bipartisan effort is gaining speed, and soon much more will be happening.