DNC gives Cabarrus County an economic boost
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CONCORD--During Democratic National Convention week, delegates cheered on the speeches of the day and unless they called the Queen City home for the week, many packed up and headed up the road to Cabarrus County.
County officials say hotels filled quickly with delegations from several states.
All those visitors certainly helped local stores.
"We did bookmarks, bracelets, keychains, party favors, things like that," said Kathleen Reeder, owner of The Bead Lady.
“The bead lady” polished of her creations to cater to political parties.
"We definitely went after it, we got a part of it and figured out way in and we are happy," said Reeder.
Evan Grace Event Planning stayed busy convention week.
They catered to delegates from Florida, Texas and Kentucky and ended up putting on 30 events the week before.
They usually host just one per week.
"We had a master schedule and thought ok, who is going to be at which breakfast at which time, who is going to be at which lunch and sometimes we did have up to three events going on simultaneously," said Michelle Traynor.
Officials with the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitor's Bureau said while there is a positive economic impact for the area, the exact numbers won't be released until a later date.
Locals said they're excited that an event of national scale happened in their own backyard
"It was incredible and exhausting, but it's exciting to be on a national stage and Cabarrus County on the national stage, so we were very excited to be a part of that," said Reeder.
No matter on which side of the political aisle they may sit, several store owners call last week's event an economic gem.