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Throughout the week, Hathaway Brown will be offering behind-the-scenes snapshots and HB-related stories from the 2016 Republican National Convention. Having this important gathering taking place right here in Northeast Ohio presents a tremendous opportunity for learning and engagement related to the United States political process.*
On Sunday, July 17, 2016, one day before the RNC officially opens, the streets of downtown Cleveland were filled with thousands of visitors to our city, including delegates and convention organizers from around the country, and members of the media from around the world. Volunteers were posted on every street corner, and law enforcement officers were patrolling the streets and enthusiastically greeting pedestrians.
Meanwhile, the finishing touches were being made to Quicken Loans Arena to transform it into a convention hall for the next four days. Suites in the Q have been converted to miniature television studios, bars and restaurants along trendy East 4th Street have been turned into hangouts for pundits, and the breezeway between the arena and Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, has been renamed “Freedom Plaza.” The location is filled with colorful banners, and flags representing each of the United States span the course of the main path that leads to inviting gathering spots where food and refreshments will be served.
HB had a chance to tour the inside of the convention hall at the Q and the convention perimeter and snap a few pictures (posted below). We even had a Stephen Colbert sighting — the talk show host was on the floor filming a comedy segment for The Late Show on CBS.
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