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Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Netroots Nation 2016 to be held in St. Louis, Missouri from July 14th-17th

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.

Downtown St. Louis, pictured on Independence Day 2011

Down­town St. Louis, from Kein­er plaza, with the old Cour­t­house in the back­ground. (Pho­to: Tim Hamil­ton, repro­duced under a Cre­ative Com­mons license)

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.

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3 Comments

  1. Net­roots met in Phoenix?? Judg­ing by the warm greet­ing Phoenix got in the State Com­mit­tee met­ting when it was men­tioned as a pos­si­ble site for the DNC, how could I doubt it.
    On the seri­ous side, I think Port­land would be a great site, with all the Micro­brew­eries, it would be the per­fect place to con­vene.

    # by Mike Barer :: July 16th, 2015 at 11:18 PM
  2. Yep, we’re in Phoenix. As the post notes, it’s not the first time the con­ven­tion has been to a south­ern city in the sum­mer. We did Las Vegas in 2006 and 2010; Austin in 2008. Vegas was no less hot than Phoenix, as I recall.

    Phoenix’s site selec­tion was quite inten­tion­al. The orga­niz­ers have made a point late­ly of bring­ing the con­ven­tion to cities in states where Repub­li­cans are run­ning amok. The con­fer­ence is increas­ing­ly activism-focused, and in that spir­it, we have an action planned for tomor­row… a march to the 4th Avenue Jail, where we will ral­ly for the end of Joe Arpaio’s bru­tal­i­ty.

    Last year, we were in Detroit, Michi­gan, and we ral­lied to turn on the water.

    # by Andrew :: July 16th, 2015 at 11:44 PM
  3. I know your doing good work, I would imag­ine much of the lead­er­ship is from here in the North­west.

    # by Mike Barer :: July 17th, 2015 at 6:18 AM