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A panel from the Republican National Committee visited Cincinnati on Tuesday to learn more about the city that's bidding to host the party's 2016 national convention.

Alex Triantafilou, chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party, appears on Wednesday's FOX19 Morning News, to talk about the visit.

Cincinnati is one of six cities bidding for the quadrennial gathering where the GOP will officially nominate its candidate president and its candidate for vice president.

The other cities are Denver, Las Vegas, Dallas, Kansas City, Mo. and Cleveland.

The eight-person delegation's visit on Tuesday focused on the U.S. Bank Arena, the Duke Energy Convention Center, area hotels and event spaces. The group also spent time in briefings assessing the critical technical aspects of hosting a convention such as financing, security, transportation and telecommunications, a statement said.

"We had a very productive and successful site visit today," said John Barrett, CEO of Western Southern Financial Group. "We're confident that the team was impressed by the amenities, convenience, accessibility and unique charm of our Queen City. Our team delivered top-notch presentations and successfully showcased Cincinnati's ability to serve as host of the 2016 Republican National Convention."

Here's a timeline of the selection process:

April 16-30 -Small team of RNC staff and advisors will conduct technical visits.

Tuesday – Cincinnati

Wednesday – Cleveland

May 6-10 – GOP site selection committee meets at the RNC spring meeting in Memphis, Tenn. to review reports from tech visits. 

Mid May – RNC site selection committee will vote to further narrow the field and determine which cities will receive official site visits from the full committee.

Late May / June – Full RNC site selection committee and RNC delegation will make official city visits. 

June/July/August – Further cuts are possible and initial negotiations with final city or cities to begin. 

Late summer/fall – Final convention city will be voted on by full RNC governing body.

Tampa, Fla. hosted the 2012 GOP convention.

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