Western Slope Expected To Benefit From Dem's Convention

The floor of the House chamber shook when Governor Bill Ritter announced in his State of the State address Thursday the Democratic National Convention is coming to Denver.

The convention could bring upwards of 250 million dollars to Denver as 35–thousand people and thousands of media professionals are expected to attend...and Grand Junction Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Debbie Kovalik says the Western Slope plans to take advantage as well.

"Denver will be full over that week for that time in the summer, and a lot of people will have to go somewhere else in Colorado for vacation. We're really pleased that Western Colorado will be the beneficiary of Denver being full for that week."

Senate President Joan Fitz-Patrick agrres, saying, "I think from an economic standpoint it's good for everyone in Colorado no matter what you're political affiliation is, because it's going to showcase business opportunities as well as tourist opportunities, and that's a really good thing."

The convention is scheduled for August 25th through the 28th of 2008.