DNC scout team visits Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A handful of members from the DNC Technical Advisory Committee landed at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Monday morning. They were greeted by smiling children and determined city leaders.

“We’ll do what we normally do. The mayor has asked us to put our best foot forward,” said Chuck Faush, Chief of Staff to Mayor William Bell.

The DNC team left the airport in a caravan of black suv’s. Their full list of stops was kept confidential.

Birmingham spokesperson April Odom says the city has a non-disclosure agreement with the DNC related to the visit.

We caught up with DNC Deputy Communications Director Lily Adams as she was stepping off the escalator at the airport Monday morning.

“I have no idea what’s on the schedule yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing the city as I know the technical advisory committee is as well, so we’re excited,” said Adams.

Their plans may be confidential, but it’s no secret that the DNC representatives are in town.

The group could be seen boarding a MAXX bus which has been wrapped with custom graphics in their honor.

Signs are up all over town in an ad campaign intended to persuade the DNC to have the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Birmingham.

We spotted the DNC representatives as they toured the Westin, the Sheraton, the BJCC, the Birmingham Museum of Art, Regions Field, and Good People Brewing Company.

Birmingham is one of five cities bidding to host to the 2016 event.

“We’ll have the final decision by the very end of this year or early next year which is about the sort of time in the cycle that we’d make a decision like that. But it will give us a chance to go and evaluate every city and again we’re just looking forward to, to a good first stop here,” said Lily Adams, DNC Deputy Communications Director.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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