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Members of the Democratic National Committee started their tour of Birmingham. The DNC is considering the city to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

In their first day, committee members toured the Birmingham Museum of Art, Regions Field and ate lunch at Bistro Two Eighteen in Downtown.

Birmingham is one of five finalists being considered. The DNC will also tour Columbus, Phoenix, Philadelphia and New York.

“I think Birmingham stacks up well against many cities in the country. And, I think the mayor and those responsible for putting forth a bid are to be commended for showing off Birmingham," Nancy Worley, Chairwoman of the Alabama Democratic Party said.

Birmingham is the smallest of the five cities being considered. But State Representative Merika Coleman-Evans says bigger doesn't always mean better. Representative Coleman-Evans has attended 3 DNC conventions and she was a delegate at two of those.

“I was at Denver and everything was spread apart. Charlotte we were way out on the outskirts of the city,” Representative Coleman-Evans explained. So, sometimes having a smaller venue where things are more consolidated is a better opportunity for the delegates to be able to move around and not have to shuffle so much."

Hosting the 2016 DNC would be a tremendous opportunity for the city. Worley says this opportunity will extend beyond Birmingham.

"While it would be most beneficial to Birmingham, it would certainly have a ripple effect throughout the state," Worley said.

Representative Coleman-Evans says she’s excited about the economic boost something like the DNC convention could bring to the area.

“You are there for the convention. You're there to support the nominee, you're there for the fellowship of being around democrats. But also, people want to shop. They want to eat. And there's an area in every corner of this county and region where you can go shop," Representative Coleman-Evans explained.

The city of Birmingham will host a Pitch Party tonight at Iron City in Birmingham. They hope this will give committee members an opportunity to interact with the people of the city.

The DNC is expected to announce their decision in early 2015.

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