As Salt Lake City competes for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, it is expected that Park City will have a role in the capital city's bid.

It will be the second time in four years that Park City will be involved in a bid for a national political convention after Salt Lake City's unsuccessful attempt to land the Republican gathering in 2012.

Matt Lyon, the executive director of the Utah Democratic Party, said Park City is a "great attraction" in the state. He grew up in Park City.

"I think Park City is a great asset. I hope it would be used in some way" in a bid, Lyon said, mentioning the possibility of some of the people in the state for the convention staying in Park City.

Four years ago, as Salt Lake City was unsuccessfully competing for the Republican National Convention in 2012, Park City was tapped as the bid package was put together. The bid organizers were particularly interested in the lodging properties in Park City.

The Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau at the time said the lodging industry in Park City indicated it would make approximately 3,900 rooms available. The total represented just more than 20 percent of the rooms the organizers were attempting to secure within a one-hour drive of EnergySolutions Arena, where the convention would have been held. The organizers then called Park City important to the bid.

People involved at the time said a convention would have provided a boost to the Park City economy.


National political conventions are typically held at the end of August or the beginning of September, a time when Park City's summertime tourism begins to wane.

Bill Malone, the president and CEO of the Park City Chamber/Bureau, said he anticipates a Park City role in a 2016 bid would be similar to the one for the GOP convention. He said he expects many convention-goers would stay in Park City.

"I think we have a certain amount of hotel rooms that would be needed," he said, adding, "Our product that's available up here, I recall they were very interested in."

Malone noted Park City's lineup of restaurants as well.

The Republican National Committee in 2010 sent a delegation to Salt Lake City as it considered sites for the convention two years later. The delegation, which included the chairman at the time, visited Park City as a part of the evaluation process. The delegation stopped at Stein Eriksen Lodge and took short bus tour of Park City on a snowy spring day.

Park City has a long history of hosting top tier political events and nationally known figures in politics.

Mitt Romney, a Park City homeowner for a second time, held gatherings in 2012 and 2013, with the one in 2012 being especially notable as he had secured the Republican White House nomination by the time of the event. Later in 2012, after Election Day, a large Democratic event was held in Deer Valley drawing the chair of the Democratic National Committee and party executives.

There has also been a series of high-profile political fundraisers in Park City during recent election cycles. Some of the figures who have visited include Barack Obama before winning the White House, Vice President Joe Biden and President Bush.