Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

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The NAACP has chosen Cincinnati as the site of its 2016 national convention, an event that will bring nearly 10,000 people to the city – and is likely to draw the 2016 presidential candidates as well.

The NAACP last held its national convention here in 2008, a presidential election year; and it drew then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and GOP nominee John McCain to the Duke Energy Convention Center. 2016, too, is a presidential election year; and the July event can be expected to draw presidential candidates and other national political figures.

Mark Heyne / WVXU News

Thousands of firefighters are converging on Cincinnati for the 52nd biennial convention of the International Association of Firefighters, which starts Monday.  During a press conference Friday to welcome them, Convention and Visitors Bureau Chair Delores Hargrove-Young said the IAFF will  have an economic impact of more than $2 million for the region, and is part of a  busy month for the city's convention business:

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The National Square Dance Convention is coming back to Cincinnati after 25 years.  The Cincinnati U-S-A Convention and Visitors Bureau is announcing Tuesday morning the city will host the event in July 2017.