The Democratic National Convention is official over but the shine of the national spotlight could be around for the long run, if Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx has his way.
For the second time in less than 12 hours, Charlotte mayor, Anthony Foxx, spoke with WBTV about the impact of the DNC in Charlotte.
"I'm sure there are going to be people who are going to pick that thing apart, but I think you have to put your big glasses on to see, like any huge problems with this event, we did a great job as a community," Mayor Foxx said on Friday morning.
Foxx says he thinks the national spotlight is not going to end with the DNC, because he thinks it's in the DNA of Charlotte to reach for the next thing.
"I just hope we continue to remember that we, as a community, have to continue creating our own luck and that means being intentional about putting the assets in place that allow us to grow long term," he told WBTV.
So what are in the long term plans?
"I'd love to see a SuperBowl here," Foxx said. "I know the NFL is kind of moving toward warm weather places. I'm an old football guy - I like the elements."
But the SuperBowl isn't where Foxx's sports vision.
"Maybe we can talk them into least considering that maybe the Olympics is something we can look at, which would require some investment."
About twenty minutes after the gavel fell ending the 2012 convention in the Queen City, Mayor Foxx said he thought Charlotte hit a home run.
"This has been an enormous event for Charlotte," he told WBTV in his first post-DNC interview. "You know, growing up here and seeing this city come from a city that was trying hard to get an NBA team and then trying hard to get an NFL team and banks getting bigger - but still struggling to get a national and international identity."
He says all of that is now changed.
Foxx says he believes the city, and its people, may have converted those who would have doubted Charlotte in the past.
"I think the expectation level coming in was pretty low. People didn't know anything about North Carolina, or Charlotte in particular, other than what they read in newspapers," he said. "What they saw here was a community that was hospitable, people who were extremely friendly, a community that was prepared for this event and did just about flawless execution in every aspect of the convention."
That change of opinions could mean more business for Charlotte, the mayor believes.
"The rest of the world knows who we are now. We have a calling card," he said. "When the chamber of commerce or I goes to a different country to recruit business, or to a different state to recruit business, we don't have to explain who we are anymore."
The mayor says that Charlotte set a very different tone for the DNC, than Tampa did for the Republican National Convention.
"I'm obviously interested in the outcome of the election," he said. "And I just thought that the week built up exactly the right way and I think people now understand the perspective of the President, and the fact that we do have a choice this November and I hope North Carolina can go blue."
He struggled a little when he was asked to pinpoint his favorite moment of the week, but finally settled on the collection of speeches.
"I mean, I think the First Lady was amazing, President Clinton was amazing, and then President Obama," he said. "That three set of speeches, I think, really told the entire story of the President's side on this election."
He jokingly asked if we could host another convention next week, but it was obvious he felt the convention was going to hold a bigger meaning for Charlotte and its future.
"People saw this city, they know it now," Mayor Foxx said. "We're not getting confused with anybody else. Charlotte is now on the map, that's what we wanted."
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