By Jack Fink

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The city of Dallas is booming economically and thriving with new public spaces such as Klyde Warren Park and its Arts District. It’s growing enough, according to city leaders, that it can compete for major events such as the 2024 summer Olympics and the Republican National Convention in 2016.

“Why not have it here? We got the money, we got the space… we got all the services that can make it happen,” said Dallas resident Carl Kelliher.

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The last time Dallas played host to the Republican National Convention was in 1984, when then President Ronald Reagan won re-election in a landslide. But the city has come a long way since then, according to Wick Allison, Chairman of D Magazine.

“We were a far different city back then. We weren’t as exciting, we didn’t have Uptown. We didn’t have a lot of things. It’s perfect for the Republicans.”

The site selection committee for the Republican National Convention will arrive in Dallas Wednesday and stay until Friday. Republicans will announce the winning city by late summer or early fall. As for the Olympics, leaders said Dallas has multiple places to host sporting events including the Cotton Bowl, American Airlines Center and the Kay Bailey Hutchison convention center, which are all close together.

AT&T Stadium in Arlington has already played host to many major events. Dallas Mayor Mayor Mike Rawlings said combine that with the two brands to make the metroplex stand out.

“One — Texas, which is kind of pioneering spirit making things happen — and Dallas, which is a very international multi-cultural, pretty sophisticated city.  So we’ve got a one-two punch,” said Rawlings.

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Olympics Committee met in Boston to eliminate some of the cities from consideration. But the committee did not announce the two or three cities that are still in the running.

Aside from Dallas, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC all vying for the 2024 summer games. The man heading the Dallas effort to attract the Olympics here, Dallas attorney Matt Wood, didn’t return phone calls from CBS 11 News seeking comment.

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