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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Big things are happening in Big D. Some major upcoming events could really shine a spotlight on North Texas in the coming years. But that is only if Dallas can actually land these huge deals.

The biggest of these key events is still a decade away. Dallas was going to find out on Tuesday if the city had made the cut as a finalist to host the Summer Olympics in 2024.

Several U.S. locations are on the list of potential hosts including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and New York City. That list was going to be narrowed down to just two or three cities on Tuesday, before the U.S. Olympic Committee delayed the announcement.

Then, either later this year or early next year, a selection will be made for which city will represent the U.S. in front of the International Olympic Committee. The final decision on which city will actually host the Summer Games comes down in 2017.

But there is another huge gathering coming up a lot sooner. The 2016 Republican National Convention is just two years away, and it is already in the planning stages. Dallas is one of the cities in the running to host the biggest names in the GOP. Denver is the city’s biggest competition.

The RNC selection committee will be in North Texas on Wednesday.

Officials in Denver hosted RNC committee members on Monday, showing them around the Mile High City. But one advantage that Dallas has is money. Dallas has already raised the $60 million needed for the event, nearly six times more than Denver has in its coffers. Plus, the Dallas Arts District continues to grow, becoming a destination for tourists and bringing jobs and a boost to the local economy.

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