The eleventh gathering of Netroots Nation, taking place ten years after the very first YearlyKos, will be held July 14th-17th in St. Louis, Missouri, the convention’s executive director Raven Brooks announced a few minutes ago.
NN 2016 will happen just a few days ahead of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, which runs from July 18th-21st.
St. Louis, which sits on the banks of the Mississippi River, is one of the larger cities in the Midwest. The city itself has 318,000+ inhabitants, and the metropolitan area surrounding it numbers 2.9 million. The city’s founding dates back to the 1760s; it was named by a French fur trader in honor of Louis IX of France.
St. Louis will be the tenth city that the convention has visited. Cities that have previously hosted Netroots Nation are Las Vegas (twice), Chicago, Austin, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Providence, San Jose, Detroit, and most recently, Phoenix.
Host hotels have not been announced, but there are several likely candidates. The Crowne Plaza St. Louis Downtown, Embassy Suites St. Louis, HoteLumiere by Tropicana, Renaissance Grand Hotel, Renaissance St. Louis Suites, and Sheraton Clayton Plaza are all located within a reasonable distance of the Cervantes Convention Center, and all are unionized hotels.
We’re pleased that Netroots Nation is once again headed to a city it hasn’t been to before. Keeping the convention moving around the country prevents it from becoming dull and predictable. And it also ensures that different states and regions of the country get the chance to host the event.
We plan on being in St. Louis for NN 2016. If you’re interested in going, there’s no time like the present to plan. Again, the dates are July 14th-17th.